Suffolk seniors celebrate at holiday gala

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2004

Special to the News-Herald

About 250 senior citizens recently attended the annual Suffolk Senior Citizen’s Holiday Gala at the National Guard Armory.

The gala, sponsored Dec. 15 by the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Department for the past several years, is one of several social events the center has for local seniors throughout the year, said -Mark Furlo, superintendent of support services at the

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Madeline Wilson, a retired coordinator at the senior center, served as the mistress of ceremonies and Benford Hunter, president of Planters Union Local 26, served as disc jockey at the event.

Before a dinner took place, Furlo gave a welcome address, Julia Bradley read a holiday poem, Dorothy Brown blessed the food, and the center’s Senior Chorus rendered Christmas carols.

A dance session was held with Evelyn Wall in charge of introducing and demonstrating line dances. She

was assisted by Hunter and her sister, Shirley Lee.

After dinner, Madeline Wilson, who is known for her comedic style in delivering light jokes about senior citizens, gave a presentation.

A quilt made created by Mae Cofield was raffled off and won by Allie B. Claud. About 15 poinsettias were also given away to lucky winners.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia provided the meal.