TAYLOR COUNTY—Guests of the Taylor County Senior Center were treated to a lovely lunch, fun and games for the center’s annual Valentine’s Day Celebration.
During the day, residents enjoyed a tasty meal, snacked on cupcakes and punch and played bingo, all courtesy of Amedisys Hospice, in a room full of red and pink hearts.
“We are so fortunate to have them helping with our special events here,” shared Elissa Stewart, Taylor County Senior Citizens Center Executive Director. “They are so good to all of us here and we truly enjoy having them join us.”
As a special thank you, Site Supervisor Rosemary Knight presented the Amedisys staff with flowers as she expressed the gratitude for their hard work and dedication to the residents utilizing the center.
During the event, multiple rounds of bingo were claimed, as participants received some sweet treats for winning big, including candy and stuffed animals. In fact, during the final round, three participants each called out, “Bingo!” and were awarded with their special prize.
After the bingo fun was complete, guests directed their attention to Stewart as she revealed this year’s Valentine’s Day King, Queen, Prince and Princess, as voted on by those in attendance.
The newly named royalty was treated to heart-shaped boxes of candy, and the king and queen received sashes and crowns.
Everett Taylor, who was previously honored with the title, was crowned as this year’s Valentine’s Day King.
“I felt very good receiving the title,” Taylor commented. “I was king once before, and now I am again.”
The 2020 Valentine’s Queen title was presented to Sylvia Totten, who shared that she was shocked to have received the award. She joked that she was going to keep her crown on and wear it all day.
Carl Jenkins, who is very active at the senior center, earned the standing as the 2020 Valentine’s Day Prince.
“This is an honor. Myself and my wife, we spend a lot of time here and we do some volunteer work when we can,” he revealed.
This year’s princess title was earned by Polly Forman, who said she was surprised to have received the award.
“I do so enjoy coming down here and spending time at the center,” she expressed. “I come down here every Tuesday and Thursday for bingo, nothing else interferes with those two days!”
Friend and fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary member Brenda Thompson shared in Forman’s delight.
“She’s always a princess in our eyes,” she said.
The center offers many activities for everyone to enjoy including bingo on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and special dinners.
Stewart shared that due to the success of recent fundraiser dinners at the center, the Taylor County Senior Center has decided to make it a monthly occurrence.
“After the turnout of our first two dinners, we decided we wanted to host them monthly,” she said. “We will use the funds to help us complete renovations projects here at the center.”
According to Stewart, the center has been serving residents for the past 20 years, and because they have been so focused on the community members that they assist, the building was put on the back burner.
“We wanted to really focus on those that come and visit here, so we hadn’t done any kind of upgrades on the building, but now, we are starting to freshen it up with some new paint and some needed improvements to better serve residents,” she explained.
She reported that they are currently in need of a costly dish sanitizer for the kitchen to aid in the preparation and serving of meals for the county’s nutrition program, and due to the dinners, they are nearly able to cover the cost.
Stewart expressed that the continued support of the community is greatly appreciated.
“We are looking forward to hosting our evening meals and hope to have a great turnout,” she voiced. “This is your center and you need to utilize it. Come out, relax and have a good meal.”
The dinners will be served on the fourth Thursday of each month. Be sure to keep an eye on the Mountain Statesman for information about their next evening meal.
For more information, please contact the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center by phone at 304-265-4555.