How does a group of seven ordinary people who love music, go from jamming in a living room to performing at ElderHealth & Living? It takes time, dedication, and a passion for helping others.
Steve Gibson (pictured far right) is one of the members of Late for Dinner, but he has been participating in EHL sing-a-longs with the Recreation Staff and residents for a long time now. When Late for Dinner formed about a year ago, he knew he wanted to share the experiences he’s had at EHL with them, and experience of how music can impact our residents. As Steve says, “The healing power of music astounds me!”
Other members of the group include Amber, Bob, Marty, Marilyn, Pamela and Rene. They play instruments like the guitar, the ukulele, and the mandolin, as well as more unique instruments like egg shakers, the banjo, and the tambourine. When not performing together, Late for Dinner members have a variety of jobs, from working at the Hospital or Lane Community College, as well as a few retirees. However, they all share a passion for music and performing, as well as volunteering to help others. Steve regularly plays in the Food for Lane County Dining Room, which has a motto of “Dining With Dignity”, which provides free meals to those in need four days a week.
Due to the great response at their first performance at EHL just a few weeks ago, Late for Dinner plans to perform again on May 30th, at 1:45pm at the Diamond Peak Home. EHL residents couldn’t be more excited to have them back! The performance is open to all homes on campus, and families are welcome to come join in on the fun too!