Mayer Elders finish year with big Christmas bash

John Kennedy works Santa for a few extra gifts during the Mayer Elders Center's Prime Rib Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. The event sold out, and Director Mary Yorgensen said she even fed firefighters, who came to help serve, outside because it was so crowded inside the center. Proceeds from the event benefit the local Meals on Wheels program.<br>
Photo courtesy Mayer Elders Center

John Kennedy works Santa for a few extra gifts during the Mayer Elders Center's Prime Rib Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. The event sold out, and Director Mary Yorgensen said she even fed firefighters, who came to help serve, outside because it was so crowded inside the center. Proceeds from the event benefit the local Meals on Wheels program.<br> Photo courtesy Mayer Elders Center

The Mayer Elders Club and Meals on Wheels were the hosts for a big prime rib dinner on Dec. 24 at the Mayer Elders Center. Word has gotten out about the center's great cooks, and the event was a sellout, serving 116 people, said Director Mary Yorgensen.

Attendees began the meal by filling their glasses with sparkling cider and toasting each other with best wishes for a Merry Christmas and the New Year. The first course was salad with all the trimmings and a choice of dressings.

The prime rib itself was available in rare, medium and well done, along with baked potato complete with butter, sour cream and chives. Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce complemented the dish, and for those who still had room left, spice cake and a whipped cream icing topped off the meal.

Local firemen and women helped to serve the meal and Lonesome Valley Wrangler 4-H members, led by Angela Teskey-Peterson and Gina Barnum, assisted in setting up, serving, and cleanup.  The 4-H members also decorated the tables with handmade cards, and decorated each  homebound package, inserting a handmade card in each bag. 

Diners enjoyed non-stop guitar music for entertainment, and then Santa arrived and started drawing tickets for prizes. Most people went home with full tummies and an extra surprise ranging from boxes of cookies, candles, hand creams, and puzzles to pocket watches. Santa offered to stay around for those who wanted a picture with him, but commented that he still had a busy night ahead!

All proceeds from the event benefit Meals on Wheels.  Yorgensen said the Meals on Wheels also recently received a $5,000 grant from the Virginia O. Kieckhefer Memorial Fund through the Arizona Community Foundation.  Mayer Community Church performed a cantata on Sunday, Dec. 20, and served a ham and turkey dinner to benefit Mayer Area Meals on Wheels.  The Mountain of Faith Lutheran Church held its "RedBoots" program and raised $720 for Meals on Wheels.  Bishop Howard Armstrong of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints delivered a truckload of canned foods to the center on Dec. 19.  An anonymous donor gave gift cards to 10 of the homebound clients, and the Meals on Wheels.  "We thank them all," she said, "and it all stays in our community."