OVMC's OPALs Heads to Philadelphia

Trip is set to be full of history.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs) is planning an eventful trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, May 2 through May 4. Participants on the bus trip will experience a weekend of music, history, flowers and chocolates.



The itinerary includes a guided tour of charming historic Philadelphia that includes famous sights of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Society Hill, as well as a tour of cultural and waterfront areas.



“We are excited for this trip as it will be an enjoyable event for our attendees,” said Mary Velez, corporate director of volunteers and wellness at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital. “The trip will be full of culture, history, and a few surprise culinary treats along the way. It will surely be a trip to remember.”



Other activities on the trip include the National Constitution Center as well as The Hotel Dupont, which is an example of European craftsmanship in North America. The hotel showcases original paintings of national recognized artists. In addition, attendees can treat themselves to ice cream at one of the city's oldest ice cream parlors and visit the oldest candy store in the United States.

Reservations can be made by calling Uniglobe at 304-232-5171 to reserve a spot for the OPALs Philadelphia Bus Trip by April 1.


OPALs program at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital consists of a group of residents in the Ohio Valley, ages 55 years and older, who are active and want to remain active. The organization’s goal is to provide education and experiences that promote wellness and well-being. Membership benefits include: free parking, free yearly cholesterol screenings, educational programs, free exercise classes, organized day and multi-day trips, social activities, discounts at the hospital gift shop and cafeteria, as well as a free subscription to a monthly newsletter.