Suffield police throw holiday party for seniors

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Chief Michael Manzi, volunteer Shannon Staves, Senior Center Director Paula Pascoe, Officer Tommy Kisselbeck and Assistant Director Mary Lou Brewster help out at the party. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Chief Michael Manzi, volunteer Shannon Staves, Senior Center Director Paula Pascoe, Officer Tommy Kisselbeck and Assistant Director Mary Lou Brewster help out at the party. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Suffield Senior Center was filled with the holiday spirit on Dec. 18 when the Suffield Police Department honored the town’s seniors with a special dinner. With a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations, the dining room was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. “Last year, they had bingo and we got some fantastic prizes. I hope they will be doing that again,” said Charlotte Bulat.

Bingo was, in fact, on the agenda. After dinner, the guests enjoyed playing bingo and winning gifts that were donated from local businesses and purchased by the police department. The prizes included pottery, wine, art work and two televisions.

Each table was filled to capacity for dinner. Police Chief Michael Manzi helped with the preparing and serving, as did the senior center director, Paula Pascoe, Assistant Director Mary Lou Brewster, volunteer Shannon Staves, Police Commissioners Kevin Armata and Kenneth Pascoe, Officer Thomas Kisselbeck and other volunteers.

The seniors were very thankful for the holiday dinner. “This is such a nice treat,” said Diane Villa. “We are in appreciation of them. We are very grateful for all that they do for us.”

“We always have such a great time,” said JoAnn Supple. “We look forward to this dinner each year.”

The senior center is always welcoming seniors to join in on their fun. “We will be starting new programs in January,” said Pascoe. “People need to find out about all the fun that our residents are having here. I really encourage people to check us out and see what they are missing.” According to Pascoe, the police department enjoys showing their admiration for the seniors of the town. The holiday party is one way of showing that admiration. “Officer Tommy Kisselbeck has been planning this event for several years now. He does a fantastic job with the planning,” added Pascoe.

“This is a tradition that we enjoy doing each holiday season,” said Manzi. “We want to let our seniors know how much we appreciate them and this is the best way to do that.”

In the past, the senior center asked for non-perishable food donations for the holiday party.

This year, they asked all guests to pay $5, which was then donated to the local fuel bank. At the end of the day, Kisselbeck delivered $480 to the fuel bank. “There is always a need for donations to the fuel bank,” said Pascoe. “We are happy to lend our support to that worthy cause.”


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