The 2015 Christmas Day Potluck in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom was a great success. It’s hard to believe that this was the 22nd year of Jane Cook doing her masterful job of organizing and running this event. She had several committees to help things run smoothly: electrical, set-up, clean-up, food ladies, dessert ladies and the Ice and Trash Committee. It all added up to a delightful occasion with good fellowship and good food.
Laurie Overson acted as Mistress of Ceremonies again this year and Lenore Semmler gave the Blessing. Paul White was congratulated on celebrating his 105th birthday at the dinner.
The tables of eight were numbered. All 21 of them were beautifully decorated. Table numbers were called in random order for guests to go into the dining room to get their food and then those same numbers were called in reverse order to get dessert.
The 180 people in attendance shared an abundance of delicious food. We have some wonderful cooks in PebbleCreek! It is safe to say that no one went home hungry.
Between dinner and dessert Laurie went around with a big basket to the tables to collect donations for the two charities that we chose to give to this year: Homeless Youth Connection and Luke AFB Operation Warm Heart. Homeless Youth Connection has served almost 200 youth just in the last six months. Operation Warm Heart is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military members and their families. Zero dollars of donations go to administration fees; 100% of funds donated directly benefit the Luke Community.
Thanks to the generosity of the potluck attendees, we were able to give $1,705.00 to the Homeless Youth Connection and $495 to Operation Warm Heart. Jane Cook says, “We all are truly blessed to be able to make these donations. I want to thank everyone for their contributions. Thank you all for making the dinner so successful. It should make all of us happy to be able to help others in need.”
After the collecting of donations we had a fun time with Bruce Birnel at the piano and Edna Deford leading the PebbleCreek Potluck Singers and dinner guests in singing some popular Christmas songs. Following the entertainment it was time for dessert.
If you have never attended this delightful event, consider doing so in 2016. You won’t be disappointed!