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Seniors share an early Thanksgiving luncheon

November 16, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

For the best seniors' lunch in town, run, don't walk, to the Assistance League of Glendale on Harvard Street. On the second Wednesday of each month, these intrepid volunteers lay out a gourmet lunch for a tiny $2 donation per person. Lunch on Nov. 10 was a Thanksgiving menu with all the trimmings. Word spread after senior after senior packed the room, big enough for more than 70 hungry guests.

Assistance League members were front and center, busy in their various roles. Reservations hostess Ruth Moore manned the check-in table. Mary Margaret Smith was on the go behind the scenes as chairwoman of the event (known as the Senior Neighborhood Fellowship). So was Pat DiGennaro as chairwoman of the day.

The beneficiaries of the league largess were the luncheon guests. Glendale resident Bob Hughart has never missed a lunch for 11 years. He was accompanied by wife Yolanda Hughart. Margie Uruski, who lives just across the street, walks right over. More Glendale regulars included Karna Meese, Irene Guthrie and Ruth Lyons.

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Recognized during the lunch was Buddy Antunes who contributes small gifts for every Christmas luncheon guest. He also contributes gifts to members of the seniors' program at Incarnation Church. Antunes was a prisoner of war in Korea for eight months. His former diet of rice and cabbage was a far cry from this afternoon's turkey dinner supplied by Ruth's Catering.

As if their meal wasn't enough, guests enjoyed Glendale resident Elsie Anderson and her accordion.

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Vera Bradley at the Americana made gift-buying easy on Nov. 10. Various activities and bargains were scheduled in blocks during the day. The best deal was in the evening, during which customers could buy one item and get the second item at 50% off, as well as enter to win a Holiday Travel Set with a retail value of $150.

But this wasn't your usual holiday sale. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer to support research goals. To date, members of the foundation have pledged $20 million to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. There, researchers are creating new diagnostic tools and treatments that might one day lead to a cure.

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