Seniors enjoy the 2023 Bicentennial Banquet. PHOTO COURTESY FRED MORGANTHALER

Christmas came early

Seniors celebrated and their support organizations rewarded

The Frontier Event Center in Dillon hosted Bicentennial, Inc. for their Senior Banquet. A traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings was set atop white linens to honor seniors of Dillon and the Ruby Valley. Approximately one-hundred and ninety people were in attendance.

Bicentennial was created in of course, 1976. Located in Dillon in what once was the ‘Cabbage Patch’ area, a building for low-income seniors was erected. Flash forward to 2022. “[That is when] we had to make a very difficult decision,” Vice President Fred Morganthaler shared. They sold the building but wanted to continue the founders' work helping seniors. The board of directors pivoted into a foundation and carried on.

The Banquet, free to seniors, was also the setting of the gift announcements. The Ruby Valley received approximately $65,000 in assistance. The organizations and what they offer to our valued citizens range from books to food to care center updates. “It was truly in our heart [to continue] as the founder intended… we truly believe in this and got behind it,” Morganthaler continued. He also expressed his genuine appreciation to everyone involved.

The Ruby Valley recipients were: Twin Bridges Food Pantry- purchasing food; Ruby Valley Food Pantry- Holiday food boxes; Sheridan Community Senior Harvest Dinner- funds for Community Senior Harvest Dinner; Ruby Valley Wood Bank- purchasing wood; Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department- purchasing lockers for new station; Twin Bridges Volunteer Fire Department- purchasing radios; Sheridan Senior Center- funds for generator; Twin Bridges Senior Center- kitchen remodel and purchasing food; Twin Bridges American Legion- Veteran meals/needs and Sheridan Library- senior books and audio books.

Thank you Bicentennial. This was a lovely part of the giving season.

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