• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Chili Cook-off supports senior, adult day centers

The Woodford County Senior Citizens Center traditionally hosts a fundraiser luncheon in November. Its first-ever Chili Cook-Off was Nov. 15 and Director Judy Beckley said it was a huge success, with 164 meals sold.

The $5 lunch included a bowl of chili, a peanut butter or pimento cheese sandwich, bottled water and a dessert.

County Magistrate Gary Finnell won the Chili Cook-Off. He was one of five entries donating chili to the fundraiser, which supports various programs including Meals on Wheels for homebound Woodford County seniors.

“Our delivery people may be the only person (those seniors) see, but a lot of our volunteers will spend time with them after they do their route,” said Beckley.

Besides raising dollars to pay for programs at the Woodford County Senior Citizens and Adult Day centers, the Chili Cook-Off was an opportunity to raise community awareness about both programs.

Kelly Vaught’s parents, who live with her, regularly come to the senior center, she said.

“It’s just been a lifesaver for us. Not only do they enjoy it,” said Vaught, “but it gives me time to take care of things I need to take care of.”

Vaught said it’s important for her parents – especially her 88-year-old father – to have a community of people for socialization. “He insists on being here,” she explained, “because it’s his time to be with people his age and talk.”

In addition to bringing educational programs to the senior center, Beckley said transportation services, field trips, guest speakers and other fun activities are offered to local seniors.

“This gives them something to do other than just staying at home,” said Beckley.

She pointed out that seniors can come to the center at 285 Beasley Drive for lunch Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information about the center and its services, call 873-8384.

Versailles City councilwoman Mary Ellen Bradley, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott and Steve Ward were the judges for last Thursday’s Chili Cook-Off.

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