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Angelus annual family picnic draws hundreds


Published:   |   Updated: May 9, 2014 at 05:11 PM

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The Angelus fosters a family feeling, as the recent Angelus Picnic and Family Outing amply demonstrated to hundreds of visitors to the home for people with severe handicaps such as cerebral palsy.

For more than 22 years, the Embry Bros. Band, the former Wiley Fox Band, has provided the entertainment for the shindig.

Band members are: drums, Terry Ettle of New Port Richey; keyboards, Fred Anderson of Tampa; bass and vocals, Jesse Embry of New Port Richey; congas, percussion and vocals, Erik Paulson, of Hudson; and lead guitar, Brandon Embry of New Port Richey.

Ettle loaned a drumstick to Angelus resident Jimmy Campbell so he could help play a song.

A.J. Frith was all smiles as he and his mom, Lisa Wavock of Lutz, enjoyedthe day of fun and music.

Hundreds of people indulged in pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, cole slaw, hot dogs, hamburgers and blueberry cobbler.

Dawn Brown of Hudson enjoyed a fresh ear of corn. She and her husband, Chris live on property that abuts against the Angelus grounds.

Members of the Hernando Jeep Club brought 15 Jeeps to assist with the picnic.

Toward the end of festivities, Belgica Ramirez held her son, Caleb, 7, who was a little tired after a full day. Yared Ramirez, 11, watches as folks prepare to leave the event. Ramirez is an employree of the Angelus. They are all from Port Richey.

Despite all the hubbub, people shared some quiet, precious moments. Angelus client Matthew Grogg sat with his mother, Arlene Grogg of Hudson. Grogg said her son has been a resident of the Angelus for more than 20 years. They found some solace as mom held her son's hand.

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