Monster pumpkins help Silver Key Senior Services raise funds

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Did you see the monster pumpkins at Silver Key Senior Services’ Pumpkin-thon? Something you may not know is that the monster pumpkin growers originated this event in 1998 to raise money for Silver Key.

Richard Plush was the coordinator of the event at that time. This year the three winners of the largest pumpkins were Marc Sawtelle with a pumpkin weighing 591.6 pounds, Doug Minix with a 454.2-pound pumpkin and Ron Franzen with a pumpkin weighing 278.4 pounds.

In recent years, Silver Key has added activities to the event to encourage the public to. You don’t have to raise a monster sized pumpkin to enter the weigh-off. Schools and the public are encouraged to raise their own pumpkins, gather pledges for Silver Key based on … … their anticipated weight and take part in other event activities. And Don Brooks of Bear Creek Garden Association grows adopt-a-pumpkins that the public can use to raise pledges for Silver Key Senior Services

Silver Key Senior Services is a nonprofit, private human services organization dedicated to helping the elderly age with independence, dignity and safety. Volunteer, financial and material support are essential ingredients of Silver Key. Annually more than 17,000 elderly are assisted with the following services through the generosity of the community and the help of Silver Key volunteers and staff: social services, supportive and emergency services, transportation, home care, nutrition, housing, crisis intervention and guardianships/conservatorships.