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Sixth 'Honoring Our Elders Luncheon' set

Pictured, from left, Connersville Parks Superintendent Jessica Faw, Honoring Our Elders Luncheon Chair Mary Anne Morris and Mayor Harold Gordon discuss plans for the popular luncheon, setthis year for May 17.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

The Honoring Our Elders Luncheon – the last remaining event begun during the 2013 Connersville Bicentennial – is continuing.

A record crowd attended the 2017 luncheon. People started asking in February the 2018 luncheon, Mary Anne Morris, event chair, said.

It will be Thursday, May 17, at the John H. Miller Community Center.

Morris came up with the concept to honor people who have created the community’s legacy. It’s for people who are at least 80 years old and live in Fayette County or who once lived or worked in the county but moved away. 

“There is no charge for the meal, it is truly a gift to our elders in this community,” Morris said.

Entertaining with music this year will be Connersville natives Steve and Judy Mahuron, who had long careers in education. They spent a few years in Central America but have returned to live in Connersville, Morris said. Judy Mahuron is a pianist and sometimes accompanies the high school choir. Steve serves as a church choir director.

That first luncheon served as the opening event for the 2013 Bicentennial. Retired teacher and newspaper columnist Chuck Avery, who grew up in the Bucktown neighborhood, spoke at that event. It proved to be a huge success. Succeeding years have seen between 250 and 300 reservations for each luncheon. 

“Some of these people that come, they don’t see each other for awhile so it is almost like a reunion,” Mayor Harold Gordon said. “When you see them, they’re talking to each other and they light up. They have a great time and no one is in a hurry.”

The event is a gift from the Parks and Recreation Department, the city of Connersville, businesses, industries and individuals.

CGS Services, Union Savings and Loan Association and FCN Bank are sponsors.

Rieman’s Flowers and Brunsman’s Graphic Design provide assistance. Additional sponsors are also being sought, Morris said.

Valet parking and golf cart transportation from the parking lot are available. Walkers and wheelchairs will be available.

Cindy Crispin will provide table decorations.

The event takes 50-60 volunteers and they have a good time meeting the guests, Morris said. The planning committee includes Ben and Reita Brunsman, Duane and Pat Keaffaber and Dan and Diane Pflum.

Reservations may be made by calling Morris at 765-265-7013 by May 10.