As local seniors emerged from their cars last Friday they were welcomed with the aroma of down-home grilling as heavenly scented smoke wafted through the air at the Lake Stevens Senior Center on Soper Hill Road.
Over 100 seniors were welcomed to their weekly lunch by the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club who hosted their second annual Father’s Day event.
“We take care of the moms pretty much every year,” Kiwanian Gary Wolfe said. “We had to take care of the dads.”
Wolfe, who spearheaded this second annual luncheon has lived in Lake Stevens for over 40 years and enjoys being a part of a community that takes care of each other.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s about what we can do if we all work together.”
Kiwanians Jack Santeford, Cindy Bonner, Jerry Hannon, Wilma Daniels, Dave Minch, Ron McEntire and Wolfe joined efforts with Albertson’s employees Jan Dilly, Andrea Goguen, Vanette Clark, Laurie Therien, Karen Alstad and Laurie Eyman to cook and serve the grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad and all the fixings to local seniors.
Earlier in the day firefighters Nate Dillon, Brandon Mauer and Tory McBride stopped by to give free blood pressure checks to seniors—before they loaded up on chocolate cake!
Senator Steve Hobbs, (D-Lake Stevens) joined his mom and the others for this satisfying summer lunch.
“You are all my grandparents of Lake Stevens, “ Hobbs said to the crowd of seniors.
Hobbs was instrumental in getting funding to pay for the Senior Center and was pleasantly surprised to see that it is already filled, almost to capacity.
“You’ve already filled up the Senior Center. Maybe we can add another module to this one,” he said to a cheering crowd.
Since joining the Senior Center, himself, Wolfe was surprised to learn what it takes to maintain the beautiful building.
“There are things I didn’t know before I joined like the fact that the City has to pay for utilities and other things,” Wolfe explained.
This now annual event is planned to continue as long as the seniors will support it.