Twilight Wish gives Westmoreland Manor resident gambling experience with slots, table games
Della Lewis wanted one more trip to the casino.
But the 89-year-old South Greensburg resident stays at Westmoreland Manor, and isn’t physically able to make the journey these days — so a national nonprofit brought the casino to her.
Twilight Wish, based in Doylestown, transformed an activity room at Westmoreland Manor into a mini-casino on Monday night, complete with the slot machines that Lewis loves playing.
“For mom’s and my birthdays, we’d always go to the (Meadows) casino,” said Lewis’s daughter Patty. “We’d go in March for my birthday and in November for Mom’s.”
Slots, table games and more were all waiting for Lewis shortly after dinnertime on Monday. Twilight Wish officials also arranged for a casino-themed cake in recognition of Patty’s birthday.
“As a group, we’re all involved in health care in Westmoreland County in some way,” said Jamie Bostard, Twilight Wish’s Westmoreland chapter director. “Being able to help is what we’re passionate about.”
Bostard grew up the daughter of a nursing home administrator, “and I can’t imagine not doing things for the elderly,” she said. “They’re fantastic people, so whatever we can do, we’re happy to do it.”
Established in 2003, the organization has granted more than 2,700 wishes over the years. Funding for the Westmoreland chapter comes primarily from an annual September golf outing at Manor Valley Golf Course.
In addition to Twilight Wish, Sears officials also donated several items for Monday evening’s mini-casino party.
It was the perfect evening for Patty Lewis.
“A few years back, we would occasionally take one of those three-day bus trips to Atlantic City, and we used to travel out to Washington state to visit my sister,” Patty said. “And what would we do? Go to a casino.
“It was just a really special thing, especially when all three of us were together,” she said.
Bostard said she was happy Twilight Wish could provide an evening for Lewis to share with her friends at Westmoreland Manor.
“We want nothing more than to make her smile,” Bostard said.