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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Gloucester County celebrates Seniors at its Annual Picnic


(West Deptford, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Commissioners held the Annual Senior Citizen Picnic on Sept. 21 at Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park.

Seniors were encouraged to wear their favorite Philadelphia Sports team’s gear with the theme being “Philly, Philly.”

“The Senior Picnic is always a great event.  The seniors have a great time, they dance, have lunch and learn about services and programs that are available in a fun venue. It is a true tradition in Gloucester County and it was important to the Board of Commissioners that we made the picnic possible in 2021,” said Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger.

Director Damminger reminds us that in 2020 the senior picnic was modified for a safer, drive up option due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Gloucester County’s senior picnic is a wonderful event that allows our seniors to meet new people and see how many services are available to them throughout the State. We’re always happy to be a part of it and are happy we were able to gather safely this year,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. 

“Being able to join Gloucester County seniors for Senior Picnic was a wonderful opportunity. Hearing how special this event is to them reminds us why we come out every year to support and will continue to advocate for our senior population,” said Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro.

Commissioner Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Division of Senior Services said, “Our staff services thousands of seniors a year and the picnic provides a day that is fun, social and educational. This year 1,400 seniors attended the event and it is great for everyone to see old friends and meet new ones too.”

At this year’s senior picnic we served a hot lunch catered by Auletto’s Caterers. Vendors included Philadelphia Soft Pretzels, Mr. Softy, Tastycake and more!

If you’re a senior living in Gloucester County and in need of assistance, please reach out to the Division of Senior Services at (856) 384-6900 or visit

IMG_7740 Pictured: Commissioner Jim Jefferson, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Gloucester County Surrogate Giuseppe Chila, Commissioner Heather Simmons, Gloucester County Clerk James Hogan, Commissioner Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, Commissioner Dan Christy, Gloucester County Sheriff Carmel Morina, Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, Assemblyman John Burzichelli


Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro greeting Gloucester County seniors with Commissioner Jim Jefferson, Gloucester County Sheriff Carmel Morina and Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco


Senate President Steve Sweeney with Gloucester County Seniors


Commissioner Jim Jefferson with this year’s entertainment, the Mummers!

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