West Bay seniors celebrate the season

With close to 600 guests in attendance, it was a packed house at the annual Senior Citizens Social hosted by the West Bay Community Council and district MLAs McKeeva Bush, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Bernie Bush. 

Held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, the event’s highlight was a festive meal catered by Foster’s Food Fair and served by West Bay Community Council members and volunteers. 

Prayers were offered by Pastor John Jefferson Sr. and Pastor Neriah LeBlanc, and the program included a Christmas carol sing-along with piano by Rev. Brenda Wallick. 

The hosts took the opportunity to recognize some special members of the community who were at the event, with prizes given out to the oldest female at the event, Hulda Ebanks and oldest male, Orrie Ebanks. 

Prizes were also awarded to the longest-married couples, Dell and Araunnah Powery and Edith and Evert Ebanks. Both couples have been married for more than 60 years. 

In celebration of their hard work and dedication, certificates were presented to Len Smith for his work transporting schoolchildren, Alice Jackson for her community work, Vanita Ebanks and Diana Moore for her more than 40 years of service at the Cayman Turtle Farm. 

Former Governor Thomas Russell was honored for his dedication to the Cayman Islands. 

Jeana Ebanks paid tribute to her father Captain Eugene Ebanks, who along with others was celebrating his birthday, while Elecia Ebanks presented Cayman thatch baskets to Pastor LeBlanc’s wife, Rev. Wallick and Rev. Genie Dickerson. 

On the way out, each senior citizen received a bag of groceries and a turkey. 

Former governor Thomas Russell with Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush.

Former governor Thomas Russell with Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush.

Jeana Ebanks pays tribute to her father, MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

Jeana Ebanks pays tribute to her father, MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks with Diana Moore.

MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks with Diana Moore.

Ula (Elicia) Ebanks presents thatch baskets to Rev. Genie Dickerson and Rev. Brenda Wallick.

Ula (Elicia) Ebanks presents thatch baskets to Rev. Genie Dickerson and Rev. Brenda Wallick.

The event drew a large crowd.

The event drew a large crowd.

Len Smith’s sons, Matthew and Taron, collected a certificate from Jeana Ebanks on their father’s behalf.

Len Smith’s sons, Matthew and Taron, collected a certificate from Jeana Ebanks on their father’s behalf.

Marlena Anglin with oldest female winner, Hulda Ebanks.

Marlena Anglin with oldest female winner, Hulda Ebanks.

Ula Ebanks and Darene Scott

Ula Ebanks and Darene Scott

Clova Martinez and her son Barry Martinez

Clova Martinez and her son Barry Martinez

Capt. Dale Banks, Bev Banks, Linda McField and Henry McField

Capt. Dale Banks, Bev Banks, Linda McField and Henry McField

Ethel Rivers, Rosita Borden and Rosa Mae Hurlstone

Ethel Rivers, Rosita Borden and Rosa Mae Hurlstone
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