Twilight Wish Foundation provides day out on the town for Hempfield senior citizen
As wait staff delivered platters of appetizers to a table of customers at LongHorn Steakhouse on Monday, Brian Doemel smiled at the guest of honor.
“I hope everyone is hungry,” said Doemel, managing partner of the Hempfield restaurant.
The appetizers, and the meal Paula Brumley, 68, selected from the menu, were all on the house as part of a wish granted to Brumley.
The resident of Weatherwood Manor, a Hempfield assisted-living facility, is receiving hospice care through Excela Home Care and Hospice.
Twilight Wish Foundation, a national nonprofit that grants wishes to deserving seniors, planned Brumley's luncheon outing.
“This is my first time here. I wanted to come to some place nice. People gave me suggestions to come here,” Brumley said.
In another “first,” she arrived in a white stretch limousine, donated by Fantasy Limousine Service of Greensburg.
Brumley, dressed in a black sweater and gray slacks, with her white hair neatly coiffed, smiled as business owner Joe Martino helped her from the limousine into a wheelchair.
“She loved it,” Martino said of his client's first ride.
“I'm keeping my eye on you,” he told Brumley.
“You better keep your eye on me,” she retorted.
“She said she wants to keep me all day,” Martino joked.
Community liaison Erica Shaffer of Excela Home Care and Hospice, several Weatherwood Manor staff members and Brumley's daughter-in-law, Sheila Brumley, joined the guest of honor for lunch.
“I took her shopping on Saturday. She said, ‘I don't know what to pick,' ” said Sheila Brumley, the wife of Coleman Brumley. “She likes going out to eat. We both work, we have kids. It's nice she is able to get out and do this.”
Weatherwood Manor marketing director Julie Alakson said an activity coordinator submitted Brumley's name to Twilight Wish.
Requests have included everything from skydiving outings to being fitted for dentures and hearing aids, Alakson said.
As Brumley awaited the arrival of her petite filet mignon and a loaded baked potato, she sampled the “starters” and chatted with her companions.
“Weatherwood is the best place in the world. I love those people with all of my heart. I have made such good friends. The hospice staff are wonderful people,” Brumley said.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.