The 5th Annual Senior Walk and Health Fair August 30 was a huge success. About 350 enthusiastic people gathered on the Historic Square in Medina where they enjoyed a beautiful morning, shared fellowship with old and new friends, were entertained, learned about countless ways to improve their health, and then wrapped up the inspiring package with a comfortable walk.

David Wadsworth, Medina County Clerk of Courts, and Bruce Wells and Fred Weber, Love INC of Medina County, first introduced "For the Health of It!" as a fun way to encourage and promote health and wellness for the 55 and Better citizens of Medina County. Since its inception, many others not yet of senior status have gotten on the bandwagon and joined the walk in order to be better prepared for a healthy and fulfilling senior lifestyle.

Master of Ceremonies David Wadsworth introduced several speakers who briefly addressed the large crowd, many of them representing local senior service facilities, many of them also event sponsors. All shared similar sentiments: to encourage seniors to take care of themselves, remain active, and enjoy life fully.

Among the speakers was Sean Parker, from the Medina County Office for Older Adults. He expressed gratitude for everyone's support, and said the money raised from last year's walk, $7,500, paid for more than 40,000 meals. The proceeds from this event benefit the MCOOA Home-Delivered Meals Program.

Medina City Mayor Dennis Hanwell spoke briefly, thanked everyone for coming out to support this activity, and offered praise and thanks to those who care for seniors in our community.

Prior to the walk (a quarter of a mile once around the Square or half a mile if extended to include the block around the enclosed parking garage), the Brunswick Rec Center Line Dancers under the direction of Eunice Kollar entertained the crowd with a number of upbeat routines that had everyone tapping toes and clapping to the beat. The well-known Jim Gill was on hand to entertain and co-emcee the event.

A silent auction basket raffle offered lovely prizes that were awarded following the walk. Local vendors stretched out in every direction and provided treats along with valuable information on many appropriate topcs.

Event/In-kind Sponsor was Carlson Funeral Homes ($1,500). Event sponsors ($1,000) were Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnston Attorneys, and The Echelon of Medina.

Blue Ribbon Sponsors ($500) included The Avenue at Medina, Brookdale Senior Living Medina South and North, Footsteps World Travel, and Waite and Son Funeral Homes; in-kind sponsor ($500) was North Coast Sign and Lighting. Red Ribbon Sponsors (#350) were ACC Adult Home Care, HMC Hospice of the Western Reserve, Life Care Center of Medina, and Marie Mirro Edmonds CO.LPA.

Additionally, there were approximately 40 White Ribbon ($150) and Non-Profit ($65) sponsors. Organizers of the event hope to be able to present almost $9,000 to the MCOOA Home-Delivered Meals Program.

Special thanks went to Spokes Cafe of Medina, City of Medina Police Department, City of Medina Parks and Recreation, and all the volunteers who gave of their time.

The committee that orchestrated the event included Dave Wadsworth/Clerk of Courts, Bruce Wells/Love INC, Sue Becks/Footsteps World Travel, Laura Toth/Medina County Office for Older Adults, Freb Weber/Love INC, Ashley Sorgen/Marie Mirro Edmonds Co.,LPA, Suzanne Swain/Friends of the Medina County Parks, Matt Hisey/Tier 1 Retirement, Nancy Likens/Wadsworth Soprema Senior Center, Maureen Mizerak/Akron Area YMCA, and Jaclyn Kasburg/United Healthcare.

Mark your calendars for next year's "For the Health of It" walk: Friday, September 4, 2020.