Paul Salvatore, president of the Newtown Rotary Club, joins members of the golf committee in presenting Michelle Knobloch, executive director of Pickering Manor, with a $17,000 donation from the club's 2018 golf outing.

NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> The Newtown Rotary Club scored a hole-in-one for Pickering Manor on Wednesday, May 15 with the donation of $18,000.

Club president Paul Salvatore joined members of the golf committee in presenting a check to Pickering’s executive director, Michelle Knobloch, during a special meeting held at the historic Newtown Theatre.

The money was raised by the club during its 2018 golf outing held at the Trenton Country Club. The outing is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has earmarked the proceeds exclusively to Pickering, a nonprofit retirement community owned and operated by the Community Welfare Council.

To thank the club for its ongoing support, Pickering’s staff served members a complimentary luncheon, including beef tenderloin, roasted potatoes, asparagus and a slice of strawberry cheesecake.

“It is truly our honor and our pleasure to say thank you to all of you,” said Knobloch. “I never lose sight of the fact that we have been and continue to be the sole recipient of this golf outing. It’s touching and it’s moving and we thank you for making Pickering a priority.”

Added Knobloch, “Over the years, what you have contributed to us and the things we have been able to do with it, has so improved the lives of our residents.”

Last year’s donation helped purchase an Omnistand, which is designed to improve the balance of its clients and will be incorporated into the manor’s new therapy gym, which is part of a new addition now under construction at North Lincoln Avenue and Frost Lane.

“One of the things that is a problem when people age for a lot of different reasons is balance,” said Knobloch. “Balance is one of those things that gets harder to keep as you get older. A lot of times people have neuropathy. They can’t feel their feet. And of course, if you lose your balance and fall, all sorts of other things can happen with that. So improving balance is really important in getting them back,” said Knobloch. “This machine has really made a difference. It helps you stay standing and it teaches you how to keep your balance better.”

This year’s donation will be used by Pickering to purchase as many as two “Big Sky” windows for its new dedicated memory care unit, one of four new neighborhoods that are being created by the new addition and renovation project.

“When David (Assistant Administrator and Director of Finance David Woodhead) and I saw this at a convention we were attending we just stopped and were fascinated by it,” said Knobloch. “It’s unbelievable.”

The windows, which use revolutionary technology to mimic ultra-realistic outdoor scenes, will bring the outside inside with a variety of nature scenes, from a babbling brook, a rainstorm and mountain ranges to a beach scene, some set in daylight and others at night.

“As people are diagnosed with dementia they lose their orientation between time and space. Their confusion increases, their vision diminishes, their taste is reduced down to 30 to 40 percent. All the sights and senses are throw off,” said Memory Care Director Mary Barboni. “This intentional design will make it possible for residents to enjoy the sights and sounds in their own environment. What we are trying to do is bring the sights and sounds of nature to them to reset the circadian rhythm - encouraging them to get up with the sun and go to sleep with the sun and to bring the sounds of rain and waves indoors so they can continue to enjoy and experience life.”

This year’s golf outing tees-off on Monday, June 10 at the Trenton Country Club on Sullivan Way in West Trenton, New Jersey.

The benefit outing includes breakfast, golf, lunch, cocktails, a silent auction and prizes. The day begins with registration and a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m., cocktails, lunch and silent auction at 2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m.

The cost is $295 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart, cocktails and meals. Foursomes are also available. The cost is $20 for breakfast only and $40 for lunch only.

To register and for more information, register visit weblink.donorperfect.com/RotaryGolf2019.

Serving on the golf committee are co-chairs Tony Petsis and Paul Salvatore and members Tony Blancado, Joe Cimino, Kyle Davis, Susan DeLuca, Shari Donahue, John Duggan, Caroline Edwards, Michelle Knobloch, Gus Kuhl, Bob Lutz, Bill Mahler, Chris Mahoney, Jennifer Miller, Bob Musto, Alex Petsis, Mick Petrucci, Charles Quarttrone, Rich Seidner, Dan Schaffer and Joe Schofield.

Spring Food Drive

In other news, the club held a successful spring food drive on May 10 at McCaffrey’s Market collecting two SUVs filled with donated food and $260 in cash, both of which has been donated to the Wrightstown Food Cupboard.

“The food we gave them, the money we gave them will help get them through the summer,” said Salvatore, adding that the club also will be making an additional donation from its monthly Happy Hour meeting.

The drive was chaired by Shari Donahue from the Zebra-Striped Whale.

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