I didn't arrive at the Rotary Club's 2012 Annual Senior Luncheon until noon, but I was told the lines were out the door for folks to sit down just moments before. When I arrived on the scene, about 200 seniors were seated and anxiously awaiting their lunch.
The members of the Guilford Rotary Club pitched in to set up the event, and then serve and clean up the luncheon. The "Pink Ladies" remained busy in the kitchen preparing the food to head out to guests. Chip's Pub III owner, Steven Sinni, volunteered his time to head up the kitchen operations.
For dessert, Bishop's Orchards donated some amazing looking pie: Pumpkin and Apple! Soon, the Guilford High School "Voices" came for a performance, and even invited the audience to join in. Mid-performance, Santa made an appearance!
When the seniors were ready to head home, they took home "stocking" bags provided by Guilford Savings Bank. Globe Pequot also donated 200 books to be included in the stockings.
The Rotary Club says that this event every year is their way to say thank you to the people who helped make Guilford what it is today.
Other organizations who contributed their time or goods included:
- The Guilford Food Center: Appetizers
- DJ Cadillac John Saville: Music
- The Guilford Parks and Recreation: Set up the room with tables and chairs, podium, sound systems, and provide place mats, paper goods, sllverware, etc.
- The Guilford Greenery
- Wal-Mart: Flower arrangements
After the event, none of the food goes to waste. Whatever is left is donated to the Branford Soup Kitchen. Extra stockings are taken to Seniors who were unable to make it to the luncheon.