Rotary hosts party for seniors

Boxing Day marked by singing, dancing, dinner

More than 300 senior citizens enjoyed a holiday meal, singing, dancing and other entertainment thanks to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and a number of local restaurants and grocery stores.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch was held on Tuesday, the observed Boxing Day holiday this year, in the First Baptist Church Hall.

Rotary President Lori McRae welcomed the senior citizens and thanked the many Rotarians who came out to help serve the food and drinks. Rotarian Tim Adam served as emcee, while Rotarian Bennie Moore served as a spotter during the contest portion of the afternoon.

Governor Duncan Taylor and his wife Marie-Beatrice came to the party and went from table to table for brief chats with the seniors. Later, Mr. Taylor danced with a couple of the senior women.

Music was provided by Rotary past president Ned Miller and the North Side Kitchen Band. Seniors also gave readings and sang songs.

Prizes were awarded for various milestones. Edith Ebanks and Thomas Ewart Ebanks won the prize for the longest married couple in attendance. The couple were married 61 years ago 27 December. Mr. Ebanks, 90, also won the award for the oldest man in attendance. Beavley Powery, who turned 99 in November, won the award for the oldest woman.

Sophie-Ana Morrison won for the most children with 13, all of whom are still living.

Awards were given for the best male and female dancers, voted by the senior citizens themselves. Edna Smith and Leonard Scott took the honours.

In the entertainment category, Lera Parchment won for a long recitation she gave from memory and Gloria Crowe won for leading the seniors in the song Thank you Lord.

During the length of the event, LIME representatives were on hand allowing the senior citizens to make free telephone calls to anywhere in the world.

The meal came from various donors, including The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, the Marriott Beach Resort, The Westin Casuarina Resort, Hemmingway’s, Chicken! Chicken!, Captain’s Bakery, MacDonald’s Restaurant, Island Taste, Bodden Beverages, Heston Ltd., Blackbeard’s Fine Wines and Spirits, Progressive Distributors, Foster’s Food Fair, and Kirk Supermarket.

The seniors were also given goodie bags of dry good foods and sundries in recyclable bags, some of which were donated by Hurley’s Supermarket.

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