Swing into Spring Senior Expo Proves a Record Breaker
May 2, 2014 — The eighth annual senior expo for Maine Township was one for the record books. An estimated 1,800 people visited the event during its five-hour run at the Golf Mill Shopping Center on April 25. Designed to link seniors who need services with vendors who provide them, Swing into Spring even added an extra hour to this year's event.
"We are very pleased that our MaineStreamers senior expo continues to be so popular and grow," says Carol A. Teschky, Supervisor. "About eight years ago, we would see maybe 1000 visitors, and then more recently the crowd was in the 1600 range. But, last week's attendance broke the record."
She added, "thanks to all the vendors from local, regional and state agencies along with a range of commercial companies for being a part of this popular event. We expect to grow the number of vendors next year to help better serve the interests of our residents who attend."
This signature event was sponsored by Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, The Journal & Topics Newspapers, Chicagoland Senior News, Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano and Maine Township.
Kicking off the fun, the popular Early Bird Bingo was hosted by Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano. A variety of entertaining activities such as a Zumba Gold demonstration by Regina Mundt were held throughout the day. Product demonstrations, raffles, giveaways, and contests were also part of the activities.
Coordinated by the Lions Club and the Lions Foundation of Illinois, free hearing screenings were offered in special vehicles in the parking lot as part of the Expo’s activities. The Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services Facility was on hand for renewal, replacement and corrections to Driver’s License/State ID Cards, vision screening with a Driver’s License renewal, Vehicle Sticker sales, Motor Voter registration and Organ/Tissue Donor information and registration.
The event concluded with a rousing mini-concert by The Denny Diamond Trio performing the music of Neil Diamond—as well as other famous artists—including Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson.
View a photo gallery from this year's event.