After Lizzie Schwirtz moved to Weyauwega Health Care Center, she wondered how she would make potato salad for the annual Cora Jones Memorial Benefit.
When her friends at the nursing home heard about it, they pulled together to help her.
Schwirtz is Cora’s grandmother, and on July 17, residents and staff of the nursing home worked with her, peeling potatoes and eggs for Schwirtz’s potato salad recipe.
“Since Mom moved in here the end of February, she wondered how she’d do it. It became a project,” said her daughter, Vicki Jones.
The Cora Jones Memorial Benefit was held on July 19, at Gill’s Landing, and family members prepare the food for the event.
This year was the 15th year a benefit was held in memory of Cora.
The proceeds from the benefit are donated to school districts throughout the area for educational scholarships.
For this year’s benefit, Schwirtz’s recipe required 30 pounds of potatoes and four dozen eggs.
Her potato salad recipe is not written down on anything, she said.
“I have made it so many years that I know just how to go about it myself,” Schwirtz said.
Vicki Jones said her mother makes “very good potato salad,” and Schwirtz appreciated all who helped her make it this year.
“They’re good friends,” Schwirtz said. “I’m happy to be able to do this.”