Nearly 40 volunteers were treated to lunch on Monday, June 4 at the Holy Family Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Senior Center in Apalachicola.

The event was planned and sponsored by the Holy Family Senior Center Ad Hoc Committee, which is comprised of representation from the city of Apalachicola, ECCC (Elder Care Community Council), Franklin’s Promise Coalition and H’COLA (Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola), in conjunction with Erica Head, the senior center’s activities coordinator, who handled emcee duties.

It was all to show appreciation to organizations and individuals who have donated or contributed in any way to the growth and strengthening of the Center’s senior programs and services. “I think it was a wonderful event, and besides every now and then everyone wants to feel appreciated,” said Sandi Little, who volunteers at the center at least once a week helping with the daily lunch program.

The invited participants were treated to a delicious lunch that included spaghetti, mixed green salad, green beans, assorted desserts, sweet tea, and water. Entertainment was provided by Jenny Odom and Tony Partington.

During the luncheon, each participant was presented with an Outstanding Volunteer medal by the Holy Family Ad hoc Committee as an expression of thanks. “We are very fortunate to have people who will take the time to give back to their community in such a selfless and awesome way. Thank you just does not seem sufficient but we really do appreciate them and look forward to their continued support to the growth of the senior program,” said Head as she called the honored volunteers forward to receive their medals.

“It is rewarding to see the community come together to celebrate all of the volunteers who have made Holy Family Senior Center successful. I am especially proud of Erica Head as the center coordinator and our partnerships with H’COLA, ECCC and the city," said Joe Taylor, who represents Franklin’s Promise Coalition on the ad hoc committee.

Bonnie Fulmer, ECCC’s representative on the committee added “We are so fortunate to have this wonderful Holy Family Senior Center! During the last year we have seen so much growth in participation for our daily lunches and the programs that we are able to provide for Franklin County. Not only do we value all the volunteers who have touched our lives and the lives of seniors, we appreciate the city of Apalachicola who provides this beautiful facility. Elder Care Community Council and Holy Family look forward to another year of strengthening relationships and building new partnerships throughout our county to enhance the services available to our senior population. This is all about our communities working together.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Ad hoc committee’s H’COLA spokesperson Elinor Mount-Simmons, who assisted in draping the medals on the honored recipients. Mount-Simmons also presented Head with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation from the committee, thanking her for her commitment to the Center. This was followed by an enthusiastic standing ovation from all in attendance.

The luncheon ended with Head thanking everyone for attending the lunch, emphasizing her words in song and singing “You Were Loved” by Whitney Houston. She also encouraged anyone interested in volunteering at any of the senior events, preparing food for the daily lunch program or sponsoring a lunch at one of the special events, to please contact her at 653-3134 or holyfamilyseniorcenter@gmail.com