The 8th Annual Clara Bridges 90+ Banquet, which honors Hopkins County residents ages 90 or older, will be held on Saturday, June 29, at the Church of the Nazarene.
“Letters of invitation went out last week to the 172 senior citizens who have passed the 90 year of age milestone. We want to honor ALL Hopkins County residents who have made the remarkable milestone,” said Karon Weatherman, who is helping to coordinate the program.
Any Hopkins County resident age 90 or older who did not receive a letter is encouraged to contact Weatherman at the Senior Citizens Center, 903-885-1661, to be added to the list.
“This banquet is ALWAYS an amazing time,” Weatherman said. “We invite all of the 90+ Honorees and their family members to attend with them.”
Every honoree will be recognized with a certificate. Special awards to be presented this year are Centenarian Awards; so far event planners have 10 seniors on their list who will receive this award for reaching and exceeding the 100 year milestone.
“We usually have about 300 people at this banquet and it takes a little bit of money to feed that many people. Our big sponsor this year is 1st Choice Home Health. We are still looking for some sponsors if any business or individual is interested,” Weatherman added.
Any interested in being sponsors may contact Weatherman at 903-885-1661.
The banquet begins at noon and will continue until about 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The lunch menu includes roast beef, red potatoes, green beans, rolls and all the desserts the honoree can possibly imagine. After lunch, the program will begin.
Fanny Berry will be the master of ceremonies for the program. Jim Dial will play a few numbers on his bag pipes. Cassie Clayton Edwards will provide the special music. Eighth Judicial District Attorney Will Ramsay will be the featured speaker.
The banquet was started eight years ago by East Caney Baptist Church in honor of Clara Bridges, who was a long-time resident of the area until moving to Dallas with her son a few years ago.
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