Christmas came early
Seniors celebrated and their support organizations rewarded
The Frontier Event Center in Dillon hosted Bicentennial, Inc. for their Senior Banquet. A traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings was set atop white linens to honor seniors of Dillon and the Ruby Valley. Approximately one-hundred and ninety people were in attendance.
Bicentennial was created in of course, 1976. Located in Dillon in what once was the ‘Cabbage Patch’ area, a building for low-income seniors was erected. Flash forward to 2022. “[That is when] we had to make a very difficult decision,” Vice President Fred Morganthaler shared. They sold the building but wanted to continue the founders' work helping seniors. The board of directors pivoted into a foundation and carried on.
The Banquet, free to seniors, was also the setting of the gift announcements. The Ruby Valley received approximately $65,000 in assistance. The organizations and what they offer to our valued citizens range from books to food to care center updates. “It was truly in our heart [to continue] as the founder intended… we truly believe in this and got behind it,” Morganthaler continued. He also expressed his genuine appreciation to everyone involved.
The Ruby Valley recipients were: Twin Bridges Food Pantry- purchasing food; Ruby Valley Food Pantry- Holiday food boxes; Sheridan Community Senior Harvest Dinner- funds for Community Senior Harvest Dinner; Ruby Valley Wood Bank- purchasing wood; Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department- purchasing lockers for new station; Twin Bridges Volunteer Fire Department- purchasing radios; Sheridan Senior Center- funds for generator; Twin Bridges Senior Center- kitchen remodel and purchasing food; Twin Bridges American Legion- Veteran meals/needs and Sheridan Library- senior books and audio books.
Thank you Bicentennial. This was a lovely part of the giving season.