Comfort food was the order of the day for the monthly Senior Dinner at the Buellton Senior Center on Jan. 22, courtesy of the Alpha Pi Sorority.
The meal started with a crisp green salad, followed by old fashioned meat loaf and gravy, mashed potatoes and carrots. Dessert was cheesecake topped with whipped cream and a raspberry. This was a perfect menu for a cool January evening.
Alpha Pi members included Pam Johnson, Susie Smith, Catherine Hanson, Karen Litle, Shirley Hernandez, Judy van Leuven and Elaine Revelle, who all took a bow. They described that what they do is to raise money for those who fall through the cracks. For the last several years, one of their better known fundraising events was the Turkey Bingo each November, but this year they were happy to hand this popular event over to the Solvang School.
After dinner, which was attended by about 35, Senior Center Executive Director Pam Gnekow introduced the Center’s 2019 board of directors: Irene Covington, Dianne Day, David Schwartz, Shoshanah Schwartz, Gabrielle Robbins, Judith Dale, Bernice Small, Ron Huber and Gnekow.
With help from staffer Linda Linton, Gnekow awarded an array of raffle prizes to delighted winners. Gnekow also noted that on Feb. 3 there would be a Super Bowl Party at the Center, and that a major fundraising event, featuring the “Queen of Bluegrass”, Rhonda Vincent and her band Rage, will be held on Feb. 28 at Mattei’s Tavern.
In addition to the Alpha Pi members, Center staffers Cathy Allen, Linda Linton and Gracie Love assisted with serving and cleaning up. Board members Irene Covington sold raffle tickets and Bernice Small greeted diners as they arrived.
The evening wrapped up with a lively game of Bunco.