Giving thanks for seniors: Evergreen's Seniors4Wellness provides lunch for 180 to celebrate the holiday

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It took 16 turkeys, 90 pounds of sweet potatoes, 90 pounds of potatoes, 90 pounds of stuffing and 50 pounds of gravy to feed 180 seniors Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 18 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Evergreen. 

The Knights of Columbus at Christ the King Catholic Church made the luncheon logistics look easy. The Knights did the cooking and plating, while members of several Evergreen service clubs did the serving.

Chef Rich Davis led about a dozen Knights through the cooking, noting that they began preparing several days early. He noted that the Knights cook for large gatherings about four times a year, so they have the know-how to create tasty meals.

David Schreck, the self-appointed gravy guy and plate inspector on the serving line, belongs to the Knights of Columbus in Conifer, and he was happy to come to Evergreen because he likes helping with events such as this.

According to Marianne Temple, past president of Evergreen Rotary, the club started Thanksgiving lunches for seniors eight years ago, and Seniors4Wellness took over the event last year after a pandemic hiatus. Last year’s luncheon had 40 attendees, and it multiplied to a 180-person gathering, filling the church’s parish hall.

“We are all about what Seniors4Wellnes is doing,” Temple said.

Seniors4Wellness, which began offering programs for seniors after the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen closed, is planning outdoor activities, classes and social activities for people 55 and older starting in February.

In addition to Evergreen Rotary, volunteers also came from Mountain Foothills Rotary, Evergreen Kiwanis and the Salvation Army.

Vince Ventimiglia, the founder of Seniors4Wellness, thanked all of the volunteers who made the luncheon happen and the seniors who attended, reminding them, “You have contributed so much to the community.”

 

Thanksgiving, seniors, evergreen, knights of Columbus

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