The 2nd Worcester Black Tie Gala Video


The 2nd Worcester Black Tie Gala




The 2nd Worcester Black Tie Gala

 Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sponsored by the Board of Directors of the

Odd Fellows Home

Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605

6pm – 11pm

Please join us for this unique and prestigious Worcester Black Tie Gala.  Our guests will be entertained with wine tasting, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. We are reaching out to local business and organizations to ask for your support for this event through a Sponsorship Opportunity, advertising and/or attendance at this Gala. One hundred percent of your tax deductible donation will be used toward enhancing the daily lives of our residents.

There will be a special presentation of the Odd Fellows Home Salute to Achievement Award to Dr. Gail E. Carberry, President of Quinsigamond Community College for her service,
support and generosity throughout the Worcester area community

The Odd Fellows Home is a not-for-profit, skilled nursing and rehabilitative facility located in Worcester that has been a staple of the community for over 119 years! It offers a broad range of skilled care and therapeutic services designed to promote independence, optimize mobility in a home like atmosphere. Dedicated to the basic tenets of Friendship, Love and Truth, the staff extends compassionate care in a comfortable environment! Our residents range from those who receive long and short term care, rehabilitation and those who require hospice services.

Tickets to the event are $75.00 each and tables of 8 and 10 are available upon request. There is an option to purchase advertisement space in our Program Booklet.
All checks are to be made payable to the Odd Fellows Home.

If you wish to join us for the evening, or partake of a sponsorship opportunity, please respond with advertising and/or congratulatory messages by May 1, 2017,
tickets request by May 9, 2017.
Please review the enclosed forms. if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nancy Cyr at 508-853-6687 x 124 or
Odd Fellows Home is a 501(c) (3) Organization. (Tax ID # 04- 2104414)



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Sponsorship Opportunities Form

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Our Sponsors



Gold Sponsors

Trinity Hospice


Silver Sponsors

West River Pharmacy


Bronze Sponsors



HPC Food Service

Business Benefits Insurance

Baldor Produce

The Grand Lodge, IOOF of MA

Atlantic Charter

Sallop Insurance

Clarence Plant, CPPM, CF, CEO




Healthy Eating For Older Adults

EatWell PlateSeveral studies link healthy quality of life with eating well and staying active. It is especially important for seniors to consume foods that have a high nutrient content and lower calorific value and also to stay physically active to keep several diseases that affect the older population such as Arthritis at bay. Our Dietician Colleen Daly recently wrote the article below for the 50 plus advocate.

 Get started focusing on the foods you need

A healthy diet is one that emphasizes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It also includes high protein foods such as: beans, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs and nuts. Most of what you eat and drink should fit within one or more of these five food groups. Many low nutrient dense foods that Americans eat come from foods and beverages that provide calories but few nutrients such as desserts, sodas and candies. Added sugars and fats load these choices with extra calories you may not need. Snacks can still be included in a healthy diet such as peanut butter, whole grain crackers, low-fat cottage cheese and low-fat pudding.

Enjoy the power of protein

Some older adults do not get the protein they need to maintain muscle mass, fight infection and recover from an accident or surgery. Chewing some high protein foods such as meat can also be a problem for older adults. Here are a few tasty tips to pump up your protein intake without upsetting your food budget or energy balance.

–          Enjoy more beans

–          Make your crackers count. Spread a nut butter on your crackers and eat them along side soup, chili or salad.

–          Pump up your eggs. Mix grated low-fat cheese or extra egg whites into scrambled eggs.

–          Cook with milk. Use fat-free or low fat milk rather than water to make soup or oatmeal.

If you need extra calories

If you are trying to gain weight or struggling to not lose weight this is the time to avoid low-calorie or low-fat food items. Fat provides a lot of calories in just a few bites. A tablespoon of oil, butter or margarine has about 100 calories. Also aim for at least six meals and snacks each day. Some high calorie, high protein snack ideas are: instant pudding made with evaporated milk, fruit smoothie made with fruit and protein powder, chips with a bean dip or guacamole and a scoop of cottage cheese.

High-calorie, high-protein instant pudding

1 box instant pudding mix

12 ounce can evaporated milk

½ cup whole milk

Pour the canned and the whole milk into a large bowl. Slowly pour the instant pudding mix into the milk and mix until smooth. Pour into 4 dishes or one large bowl. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Provides per serving: 240 calories, 33 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 470 mg sodium, 390 mg potassium, 288mg calcium.

High-calorie, high-protein gelatin dessert

½ cup hot water

1 small box gelatin dessert mix (such as Jello-O), any flavor

12 ounce can evaporated milk

Dissolve the gelatin mix in the hot water. Add the milk to the gelatin. Mix. Pour into 4 dishes or one large bowl. Refrigerate until set and ready to serve.

Provides per serving: 210 calories, 28 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams protein, 7 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 290 potassium, 250 mg calcium.

Colleen Daly, MS,RD,LDN

Dietitian at the Odd Fellows Home


Also read this article on the NIH website on Eating Well


Resident Artist


IMG_1262      Vinnie is the resident artist at the Odd Fellows Home. He generously donated a number of pieces of his artwork to auction off  at our recent Harvest Moon Auction in order to raise money for the improvement of our facility. The painting that Vinnie donated to the Odd Fellows home to auction off is called Perseus and Pegasus, which is Vinnie’s own interpretation of the greek mythical characters.  He has also donated two modern sketches  –  a school kid and an African woman and several framed photographs of his paintings.

    Vinnie is from Fornia, a small town between Naples and Rome in Italy. His family came to Worcester in 1961 in search of job opportunities and to improve their financial situation. He went to high school at the North High School and took Premed Biology in The College of the Holy cross and even completed 3 years of medical school in the University of Rome before deciding that it was not the right profession for him. He discovered his true passion as a Soccer coach to school and college kids. He coached Soccer for 20 years in Florida. He also ran a small construction company in Tampa after learning the trade from his brother.

Vinnie came to the Odd Fellows Home in 2008 after a serious auto accident which caused him to loose function of his limbs. Vinnie says his greatest inspiration in life are his parents; Vinnie also respects and admires Charles Krauthammer, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician. Charles Krauthammer completed his medical studies and graduated with his class after being paralyzed from a diving accident. Krauthammer is also one of the most influential political analyst, commentator and columnist in America.

IMG_1263Vinnie draws his artistic inspiration from the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico.  Vinnie is the happiest when he is painting or sketching. He says it is a very therapeutic experience for him and he feels absolutely no pain from the neuropathy in his foot while painting. Vinnie is grateful to Bea Fontaine, the Activities Director at The Odd Fellows Home and the art teacher, Elaine for introducing him to art. He initially started with oil painting on small canvases and has now moved on to explore and experiment with other medium. He also enjoys sketching now. Vinnie loves spending time with his family and going out with them to dinner and the movies. He says his sister and his brother in law have been his strongest pillars of support and have encouraged him throughout. Vinnie recently had his art displayed for the first time in a gallery in Tampa, FL. He has plans to display his artwork on his own website with help from his brother in law.  He also hopes to write a fictionalized account of his life. When he is not painting or sketching, Vinnie likes to read books, he particularly enjoys Shakespeare, philosophy and the classics. He also loves reading poetry by the Italian poet, Dante Alighieri and the modern Spanish, Italian or French literature.

Giving Thanks!

We are grateful to all of you for your kindness, love and support over all these years. We would like to wish you a Warm and Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. This is a perfect time to share a sweet letter we received from our resident’s daughter.

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As always we are touched by the kindness showered on us and the support we receive from our residents and their family members. We received a lovely letter addressed to Bea Fontaine, Activities Director from our resident’s daughter thanking her and the activities staff for the birthday party they organized for her father’s 100th birthday. It is kind words like these that truly encourage and motivate us to continue to provide excellent care to our residents.

Here is what she had to say:

“Dear Bea,Thank you for making my dad’s 100th birthday so special! When I mentioned to you that I wanted to bring in a cake for my dad’s birthday. you told me that it would be a good idea to have it at lunchtime. It was a great idea!While I was decorating the  dining room, you brought down an enormous Happy 100th Birthday balloon. There was even a piano player at the party. It was sweet of you and your team to read our my dad’s biography and his “Words of Wisdom”. My husband and I were treated to a delicious lunch. The cake was brought out all lit up and everyone sang a Happy Birthday to my dad, the party turned out more perfect that I had imagined it.
Thanks for making it such a memorable day for my family and especially for my dad. I really appreciated it and so did my dad. I could tell that he was very happy when he actually stood up and made a speech. It was very sweet to see all the residents wish him a Happy Birthday on their way out of the dining room. Sincerely,Eileen”

Odd Fellows Home is Deficiency Free!

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Odd Fellows Home is proud to announce that we were declared Deficiency Free during the recent Department of Public Health Survey.  The state surveyors look for several indicators of quality care in a nursing facility such as medication management, pain management, medical records, therapy, wound care, food service, recreational activities, etc. They tour the facility to assess the environment, cleanliness and resident safety measures. The residents and family members are interviewed by the surveyors to see if the residents’ needs are met and if they are being treated with dignity. To achieve a deficiency free survey under such stringent conditions is indeed a great achievement.  Congratulations to all the staff for their hard work and team effort.



Resident turns 100!

Our dear long term resident, Maurice Shapiro celebrated his 100th birthday on Wednesday July 10th.  We enjoyed celebrating his birthday with him and his family. He sportingly wore an emperor’s crown for the party and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. All the residents came down to join in the lunch party and wish Maurice a Happy 100! Our activities team thoughtfully compiled Maurice’s life story and presented it to him. Maurice graciously thanked everyone for being a part of his big day!

Here are some pictures from the party:

Laptop Donation

We would like to thank United Healthcare for their generous donation of two laptops that will be placed in common areas for use by our residents.

United Health Care


Yoga for our residents

Our residents enjoy participating in the yoga class conducted here every week.  The style of yoga conducted is the Chair Yoga which is performed while sitting on  a stable chair for most of the exercises.  Some of the postures can also be performed standing up for a little added challenge.   Chair yoga provides a gentle workout and helps relieve the aches and pains of arthritis which seems to be a condition many senior members suffer from. The moving and stretching to the rhythm of the music is another reason why our residents enjoy this activity so much.

Here are some pictures from a yoga session:

Arthritis and Yoga

There are several benefits to routine practice of yoga such as blood pressure management, combating allergies, healthy back, improved mental health, etc. just to name a few. Many studies have also linked the benefits of yoga to relieve symptoms of Arthritis. Below is an article from Arthritis Today that talks about the different styles of yoga and those that are best suited for someone suffering from Arthritis.

Yoga That’s Right for You

Pick the yoga practice that’s best for your joints.

By Camille Noe Pagán
Looking for a way to feel better that doesn’t involve popping another pill? Try yoga.Science supports this mind-body activity as good medicine for arthritis. Among the most recent evidence: Yoga reduced disability and eased swollen joints and pain without causing adverse effects in thousands of study participants, according to a review of clinical trials conducted between 1980 and 2010. The study, funded in part by the Arthritis Foundation, was published in Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America.“Most importantly, we found that yoga does not exacerbate disease symptoms for persons with arthritis. With proper instruction, it is a safe way for people to stay active and mindful, both of which are associated with a variety of health benefits,” says lead author Steffany Moonaz, PhD, a health behaviorist and yoga research consultant in Baltimore, Md., and founder of Yoga for Arthritis.Here’s the scoop on a variety of types – and whether they’re safe for you.Viniyoga

Viniyoga is typically practiced in private, one-on-one sessions with a yoga instructor who modifies various yoga poses to match your skill level, health status and fitness goals.

OK with arthritis: Yes, with a qualified instructor. Look for someone who has experience with arthritis and/or other joint conditions.

Keep in mind: “Because Viniyoga poses are highly adapted, they may appear quite different than they would in other yoga traditions,” says Moonaz.


The goal of restorative yoga is to relax, rest and restore. Poses, which are held for between five and 15 minutes at a time, are done using lots of props, such as ropes and foam blocks. “So the body is completely supported and minimal or no muscular effort is necessary to maintain the posture,” says Moonaz.

Okay with arthritis? Yes.

Keep in mind: Unlike almost all other forms of yoga, Restorative yoga doesn’t build physical fitness—but it’s particularly beneficial for individuals with arthritis who are seeking to relieve stress as a way to reduce disease activity, notes Moonaz.

Power Yoga

As its name suggests, power yoga is a vigorous and fast-paced practice that modifies poses from various practices, such as Ashtanga and Bikram, and provides a cardio workout in addition to strengthening and stretching.

OK with arthritis: Not typically.

Keep in mind: Says Moonaz, “Very fit individuals with mild arthritis might be okay with power yoga, but most instructors will gear classes toward a very active population who is aiming to get an intense workout.”


With Vinyasa yoga, a series of poses is done in a row; each pose transitions into the next.

OK with arthritis? In some cases.

Keep in mind: “Many Vinyasa classes are complex and involve a lot of weight-bearing through the hands. Look for ‘Gentle Vinyasa,’ which tends to be slower and are less likely to require you to support your body weight through your hands,” advises Jane Foody, a New York City-based physical therapist and certified yoga instructor who works with individuals with arthritis. Adds Moonaz, “Unless you have very mild arthritis, I wouldn’t recommend Viyasa unless it’s a private lesson or a small class with a well qualified instructor who can take the time to offer proper individualized instruction.”


Ashtanga is a type of vigorous yoga that involves moving quickly between poses.OK with arthritis? No.Keep in mind: “Ashtanga probably moves too quickly to be safe for this population, unless it is taught at a very basic level and significantly modified for people with arthritis,” says Moonaz.Chair YogaWith chair yoga, gentle yoga poses are primarily performed while seated.

OK with arthritis? Yes.

Keep in mind: Chair yoga is ideal for seniors and those with limited mobility, says Foody. Listen to your body and communicate with your teacher if anything feels uncomfortable, adds Moonaz.


A blanket term for poses commonly identified with yoga, Hatha involves balancing and stretching in seated, standing and prone positions. Usually performed slowly, it concentrates on strengthening and reducing stress.

OK with arthritis? In some cases.

Keep in mind: Because class intensity varies widely, “It’s always best to ask the instructor what the class involves,” says Foody.


Props such as blocks and ropes are used to ease into poses without causing strain or injury with Iyengar yoga.

OK with arthritis? Yes.

Keep in mind: “Iyengar is well suited for people with arthritis because there is a lot of attention to individual alignment and limitations,” says Moonaz. “A beginner level class is recommended so that you have the time and attention to properly adapt poses to your needs.”

Key tip: Once you’ve found a class that’s right for you, start slow, do only what feels comfortable, and if you feel any joint pain during a pose, stop doing it.

Try Yoga at Home

Face-to-face yoga instruction is invaluable when you’re starting out. But you can start at home, too, with a yoga DVD. Choose one that includes modified poses and step-by-step instructions, such as  Easing Into Yoga with registered yoga instructor Linda Howard. The program is designed for those who are new to yoga, who want to learn at their own pace, or who live with illness or injury.