Juneau Coast Guard Chiefs to hold 37th annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner

Guests at the 2008 Dinner

JUNEAU, Alaska – Juneau Coast Guard Chiefs and members of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Association Juneau Chapter are holding the 37th annual Senior Citizen’s Holiday Dinner at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Sunday beginning at 4 p.m.

Entertainment is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with dinner being serve around 5 p.m.  Entertainment during the dinner will include the Children of all Nations, the Highland Dancers, the Juneau-Douglas High School Chamber Choir and the Circle of Light.

For seniors needing a ride to the event, Care-A-Van has donated their services and will again be available for transportation but it is important that they reserve transportation prior to Saturday as Care-A-Van will not be able to schedule pick-ups the day of the dinner.

The Juneau Senior Citizen’s Holiday Dinner began 35 years ago when Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Constantine, Senior Chief Petty Officer C.T. Barger and a group of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers who were stationed in Juneau at the time decided they wanted to do something positive and special for Juneau’s senior citizen community.  The holiday dinner began modestly as the Chiefs hosted about 40 senior citizens at St. Ann’s in 1974.  Today, the tradition lives on and with the help of local business and organizations who contribute to the event each year, 350 to 400 seniors annually take part in this wonderful holiday event.

“We are truly thankful to all the local business and organizations that have generously donated to the dinner allowing for yet another successful year,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Sawyer, president of the Chief Petty Officers Association Juneau Chapter.  “We look forward each year to this dinner and are happy to continue a tradition that means so much to a very important group within our community.”

Only senior citizens and their caregivers, where needed, should plan on attending.

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