Reaching out to Communities group plans Norwood Family Fest _lowres

Photo provided -- Chauncey and Adam McElwee, of Norwood, are the founders of the nonprofit Reaching Out To Communities. The couple is hosting its inaugural Family Fest March 25 that will feature a health fair, biking and walking events, fun games and contests, food, raffles, music and other activities.

Reaching Out To Communities is an organization started by registered nurse Adam McElwee and his wife, Chauncey Carr-McElwee, in October in East Feliciana Parish.

Based in Norwood, the group was formed to provide charitable services that meet the health and wellness needs of under-represented communities.

“Our belief is that the health of an individual is also tied to the health of his or her family, neighborhood and community,” said Chauncey Carr-McElwee, who has a Ph.D. in special education.

The couple’s organization will focus on preventative healthcare and offer CPR training events; hearing, vision, blood and glucose screenings; cholesterol checks; and preventative care training and education, such as with diabetes, heart disease, cold, flu and immunization. Reaching Out to Communities also will host diabetes and heart disease camps at parish churches.

To introduce the group to area parishes, the McElwees are hosting the inaugural Family Fest from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at the group’s property, 12656 Kent Road, Norwood, featuring activities intended to promote togetherness, team-building, health and wellness.

Events will include sack races, volleyball, tug-of-war, horseshoes, sit-ups, pull-ups and push-ups contests, games and a car and fashion show and barbecue cook-off. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, juice and water will be served.

DJ Tally West will provide musical entertainment. An hourly raffle for door prizes will be available to all attendees who obtain a ticket from the information table at the entrance.

There is no cost to attend Family Fest, except participation in the car show costs $20. Registration is mandatory for the car, cook-off and tug-of-war events.

For details, call (225) 505-9726, email ask.rotc@geauxrotc.org or visit geauxrotc.org/.

“It’ll be a day of health education, community fellowship and fun for families in East Feliciana and the surrounding area,” said Carr-McElwee.

Schedule

7 A.M. CAREY DRAKE AND GARY BROWN BIKE-A-THON:leaving from Feliciana Bank, 13411 Main St., ending at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, La. 422. 5 miles each way, cyclists of all levels

10 A.M. TO NOON, HEALTH FAIR: at Mount Calvary. Registered nurses offering hearing, vision, blood pressure, blood cholesterol various screenings; diet and nutrition lessons; and information about diabetes, hypertension, substance abuse, counseling and preventative health information on health topics.

10 A.M., 2-MILE WALK-A-THON: leave from Mount Cavalry, along Kent Road, return to church.

The remaining events are at 12656 Kent Road:

NOON: Sack race, horseshoe and jump rope competitions

1 P.M.: “Smarter Than My Grandma” game, push-up competition and barbecue cook-off

2 P.M.: Car show, tug-of-war and sit-up events

3 P.M.: Father-daughter competition, newlywed game and arm wrestling

4 P.M.: Volleyball

5 P.M.: Awards ceremony followed by a celebration

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Carey Drake and Gary Brown bike-a-thon leaving from Feliciana Bank, 13411 Main St., and ending at Mount Calvary Baptist Church on La. 422. The course is 5 miles each way and will take cyclists of all levels through the rolling hills of Norwood.

From 10 a.m. to noon, a health fair at the church will feature registered nurses offering hearing and vision screenings, blood pressure and blood cholesterol monitoring, healthy diet and nutrition lessons and information about diabetes and hypertension, substance abuse education, counseling services and preventative health practices.

Also at 10 a.m., a 2-mile walk-a-thon will leave from Mount Cavalry, proceed along Kent Road and return to the church.

The remaining events will be held at 12656 Kent Road and are scheduled as follows:

NOON: Sack race, horseshoe and jump rope competitions

1 P.M.: “Smarter Than My Grandma” game, push-up competition and barbecue cook-off

2 P.M.: Car show, tug-of-war and sit-up events

3 P.M.: Father-daughter competition, newlywed game and arm wrestling contest

4 P.M.: Volleyball game

5 P.M.: Awards ceremony followed by a celebration

For details, call (225) 505-9726, email ask.rotc@geauxrotc.org or visit geauxrotc.org/.