Baldwinsville: A Rotary Christmas

For the 34th year, the Baldwinsville Rotary Club gave the gift of community and Christmas to hundreds of seniors citizens during the annual senior Christmas party.

The senior Christmas party tradition was started in 1973. The first event was held at Don Pepes a Restaurant formerly located on Downer Street. There were only about 50 participants. Since then, the number has grown exponentially to 250 sit down dinners and 32 takeouts.

This year, the party moved to the school gym at Elizabeth Ann Seton, since the previous location at the old Harrington Firehouse is in the process of being demolished. Many were originally concerned with the change of location, but now they hope to be invited back to the school.

"They were very happy," said Jacqueline Olmsted, president of the Baldwinsville Rotary. "They like this place better."

Seniors enjoyed a meal of mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, broccoli, rolls, pumpkin pie, oranges and apples. A prize raffle was held while seniors enjoyed their meals. Rotarian Marianne Miles and Terri Stamp, assistant director at Canton Woods Senior Center, worked diligently delivering 20 stockings, 10 mugs and 10 miscellaneous items to winners as Olmsted called out their ticket numbers. The rotary club also gave away carbon monoxide detectors.

One table of seniors went the round receiving prize after prize. A lucky table indeed.

Sponsors for the event included the Baldwinsville Rotary Club, Syracuse Home, Canton Woods Senior Center and Wal-Mart.

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