Senior Neighbors Holiday Luncheon – Dec. 22
The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Annual Senior Neighbors Holiday Luncheon was held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in the dining hall at Kuyper College from 12:00pm-1:30pm.
This annual Rotary Club of Grand Rapids service project is always eagerly anticipated by area seniors and is already completely “sold out”! The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids members and volunteers served a delicious sit-down lunch to 200 low income seniors (many of whom are members of the Grand Rapids Senior Neighbors Center and local senior living facilities). Entertainment for the event will be provided by Rotarians Tom Bylenga, Ken Estelle and Inge Whittemore.
In addition to the lunch served by Rotarians, seniors are provided with a gift bag filled with basic essentials, treats, and items donated by long-time Rotarian Alan Abraham of S. Abraham & Sons. Each senior was also provided with a $10 Meijer Gift Card donated by Rotarian Stacie Behler and Meijer. Lake Michigan Credit Union donated $1,500 to assist with the event. Seniors were also entered into drawings for gifts and give cards donated by the Club’s Community Engagement Committee, Alan Abraham, Ping Liang, Jim Siegel, Doug Klein, Jim Preston, John Salan, Danielle Rowland, Jackie Taylor, Tom Swets, and Hilary Smith. Rotarian Chuck Caldwell provided toothbrushes for the goodie bags as well.
Thank you to all of our donors for their generous support.
A special thank you to all of the volunteers that stuffed gift bags, decorated the dining hall, set the tables, prepped the plates, those that served the meals and drinks to the seniors and to those that handed out gift bags and cleaned the hall: James Eliassen (event Chair), John Salan, Lody Zwarensteyn, Mike Brown, Jackie Taylor, Jim Siegel, Deb Nykamp, Chris Collins, Doug Klein, Milton Lara, Colleen Cooney, Margo Flickinger, Marcie Lewis, Nick Kroeze, Bob Dean, Tom Swets, Steve Williams, Greg Rhodes, Charlie Rhodes, and Derek Aten.
We would also like to thank Bob Barnes, Nicole Gebben and the staff from Senior Neighbors for all of their assistance with this event, as well as Kuyper College, Mika Inthisorn, Jean Slimmen, Chef Jeff and their staff for the excellent support and the delicious food for this event.
Again thank you to everyone that made this event a so much fun and such a success!