St. Elizabeth hosted Family Fest at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on January 21. The threat of bad weather did not deter the more than 1,200 people who attended. “As I perused the aisles of the event with its 75 plus booths,” said Robert Burgess, CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital, “I was greeted by many members of our community and local dignitaries. They had nothing but good things to say about the event. Over the years, the event has gotten bigger and better than ever, and it’s making a positive impression in the communities we are privileged to serve.”
From inflatable sports activities to exciting demonstrations, Family Fest offered an opportunity to learn more about the health and wellness related resources offered in the Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. “It was great to be able to speak with so many organizations in one place,” said a young mother attending the event with her two children, “There was information available for my children and myself, and we were able to have a lot of fun learning about being healthy. I think that I may have had more fun than my kids!” The event encouraged families to get healthy and stay healthy together through fun, physical activity, healthy eating habits and preventative care.
“Big events such as these don’t just happen,” says Burgess, “It takes many hours of preparation and many people just to have them, much more to make them successful. If the positive comments and the numbers of people in attendance are any indications, this year’s event was a great success. We owe a debt of thanks to the numerous volunteers who helped before, during, and after the event, to our team members who participated either by working in a booth or helping in some capacity, to the members of the community who supported the event, to the officials with the Parish of Ascension and the employees of Lamar Dixon Expo Center, and especially to the sponsors of this year’s Family Fest.” This year’s sponsors included Eatel, Crawfish Aquatics, MedCare Medical Equipment and Supplies, Ascension Children’s Dental, Parker Orthodontics, Lake Urgent Care, and French Settlement Sausage Company.