Gorgeous weather, freshly grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, relaxed conversations, and bingo—the Association’s Annual Compeer Picnic on September 20 had it all. A long-standing tradition that brings together peers, community partners, and MHAG staff, the picnic took place this year at Barber Park in Greensboro. Seventy-seven people attended, although only a few had the good fortune to shout “Bingo!”

MHAG picnickers gather under the shelter at Barber Park
Everyone wanted to get in on the action

Five residential care facilities from the Greensboro area brought their clients to the picnic, where they basked in the clear fall air and piled their paper plates high.

Executive director Susan Ball shows her leadership skills when it comes to hot dog dispensing
Myla Erwin, director of supportive services, tackles hamburger duty
Volunteer Lauren Muse serves as beverage master
The irresistible lure of dessert

Several students in the Association’s Wellness Academy received graduation certificates, while volunteer coordinator and picnic-mastermind Rhonda Outlaw thanked compeers and other volunteers for helping the Association.

Volunteer coordinator Rhonda Outlaw leads a bingo game
The tools of the trade

“This gathering sums up what we’re all about—connecting, supporting, pitching in, and having fun,” said Mary Seymour, director of GROW and official server of baked beans and coleslaw. “It’s been a phenomenal day.”

Former MHAG board member Peter Schneider (left) served as griller extraordinaire, while former board president Turner Battle helped throughout the event. Thanks, guys!