On Wednesday, May 1st, Gilman Healthcare Center loaded up its bus with staff, residents, and friends, and traveled down to St. Louis to catch a Cardinals Game. Gilman Healthcare residents Harrison Randall, Steve Zick, Charles Schuerger, and Jim Brammer made the trip along with friends Bill Baxter, Richard Arends, and Dan Sclack. Among the staff that tagged along were Lesley Valdez, Macrae Aronowitz, Mark Emanuele, Kami Kimmel, and Gregg Vilwalker.
The trip was an all-day excursion with the group meeting at Gilman Healthcare Center at 6:30am so they could be in St. Louis for the noon ballgame. They attended the game, which the Cardinals won, and then stopped for dinner before heading back to Gilman. “The trip was first planned for Steve [Zick],” said Mark Emanuele, Marketing Director. “He always talked about going to Cardinal games in the past but he had never been to the new Busch Stadium, so we put this day together for him. I think he had a great day — he got a ball from one of the Cardinals players, but he instantly turned around and gave it to the kid next to him, which I think made him happier than actually getting the ball.”
Susie Offill, the Activities Director for the Gilman Healthcare Center, said, “We absolutely love to have trips like this for our residents. We have been to Cubs games, Bears training camp, plays, and many other events, but this one was special. It was such a big trip and we have so many Cardinals fans that had not been to St. Louis in a long time. It just made everything so very special.” Jim Brammer, a Gilman Healthcare resident, had this to say about the trip: “Great game, great weather, and a great day.”