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Senior Center begins year with a bang

Members of the Jefferson High School (JHS) Happiness Club, including JHS junior Emily Martinson, volunteered their services at the pork chop fundraiser at the Alexandria Senior Center Friday. More than 400 meals were served at the event, which greatly exceeded all expectations. (Tara Bitzan/Echo Press)

The community came out in full force to eat pork chops, socialize and support the Alexandria Senior Center at a fundraising event last Friday. 

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The Roy and Patty Wicken family put on the dinner, which included pork chops, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, dinner rolls and sherbet, to help raise money to support the center.

Original expectations were to sell about 100 tickets. Instead, more than 400 meals were served. Numerous senior center memberships were also sold at the event, and several other donations came in, making the event a huge success, according to volunteer interim director Marcia Gay Schmidt.

“It definitely exceeded our expectations,” Schmidt said. “Everybody was pleased with the strong support shown and the atmosphere of the evening was happy, happy, happy!”

Also making an appearance at the event were members of the newly-formed Jefferson High School Happiness Club, who volunteered their time setting and clearly tables and visiting with attendees.

For more information about the center, or to purchase a $12 annual membership, visit the center at 414 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria or call (320) 762-2087.