Mauriceville Senior Citizen Supper set for Dec. 4
The Mauriceville Elementary School will be transformed to Santa Winter Wonder Land on Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 5 p.m. All past and present Mauriceville residents 55 and older are invited to the Mauriceville Senior Citizen Supper.
For 33 years, the supper was held the first Friday in December until last year the supper had to be postponed until Saturday due to the heavy snow fall. The snow made a wonderful backdrop for the supper, however it was too dangerous for the seniors to be out. Saturday proved to be a much better day for the supper with most volunteers being off work and able to help with the decorating and helping Santa with his gifts, so the decision was made to move the Senior Citizen Supper to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday night in December.
Each year the supper features a Christmas dinner with all the trimming and gifts from Santa and his elves. Music will be provided by the Marin Family, and area gospel group; and Judge Derry Dunn will be the master of ceremonies.
Come early to have a cup of coffee, reminisce with old friends and take a trip down memory lane with 33 years of Senior Citizen Supper photos. Who knows you may see a picture of yourself in the many photo books.
Nelda Burton, Mary Jane Johnson, Johnson’s sister, Patsy Viator and Roger Holsomback, Cha Cha’s husband are just a few of the many volunteers who have kept up the idea of “Cha Cha” Holsomback.
The senior citizen supper started as a dream of Cha Cha Holsomback thirty-four years ago. Cha Cha wanted to do something nice for the senior citizens of Mauriceville as a gesture of gratitude to them. She first was going to host the supper at her house, as the guest number grew she would have to find another location soon. Kids; Café became the next best place to hold the dinner. This site quickly became too small as the numbers continued to grow so Cha Cha moved the event to the school.
The first year about 68 senior citizens showed up. The year “Cha Cha” died more than 230 seniors were attending the annual supper.
With the promise made to “Cha Cha” to continue with the supper the events continues to grow each year. The supper cost usually runs between $2,000 and $3,000 and is totally funded with generous donations from the community. Each senior attending receives a gift from Santa and the ones that are home bound has their supper and a fruit basket delivered to their home.
Any funds remaining go to the “Cha Cha” Memorial Scholarship, given to a deserving Little Cypress – Mauriceville student.
Most of the food is made in volunteers’ households then transferred to cafeteria personnel, who prepare it for the guest.
Prizes are given to the oldest woman, oldest man, the person who traveled the farthest and the oldest graduate from Mauriceville. There is also a “Good Samaritan” award given.
For more information, call Mary Jane Johnson at 409-745-1357, Patsy Viator at 409-745-1308 or Nelda Burton at 409-746-3700.