Organizers deem appreciation dinner a success

Organizers of the Town Appreciation Dinner, Michele Parry, l-r, Dawn Lepori, Holly Getty, Ray Turner, said that the appreciation dinner for veterans and first responders was a success and they are planning on making it a yearly tradition.

Wanting to celebrate and show their appreciation for veterans, firefighters and other first responders, the Town of Lakeview held an appreciation dinner on Saturday, Nov. 14. The event’s organizers said it was a success and that they look forward to having another one next year.

Holly Getty, one of the main organizers of the event and an employee of the Town of Lakeview, said that people who came out to enjoy dinner were happy and thrilled about the support shown to them.

Other employees of the Town of Lakeview worked to dish out food to attendees. Lakeview Administrative Asst. Dawn Lepori dished out turkey and ham, and Lakeview Town Mgr. Michele Parry helped people get their sides such as two types of yams, two types of mashed potatoes, and copious amounts of gravy. Finally there were three types of desserts to choose from: apple, pecan and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream to go on top. Many of the items available were made by Town employees and made from scratch, with the organizers showing up at 8 a.m. to get everything ready.

“The meal is wonderful and we have had a great turnout. The people attending the dinner have been very grateful and appreciative,” said Getty.

She was excited about the donations not only from local citizens, but from various businesses in the community to make everything possible.

Getty was so excited about the response that she is already planning on making it an annual event, and is already thinking about next year’s menu.

Lakeview Mayor Ray Turner was thrilled about the event and excited about the idea from Getty.

“The dinner went great. Holly has done a wonderful job in organizing the dinner and making it run smoothly,” said Turner.

He said that he is looking forward to having another dinner like this next year and making it a yearly tradition.

One of those enjoying the show of support and appreciation was Jimmy Robison, who has been involved with local law enforcement and fire departments for several decades.

“The meal is fantastic. You couldn’t ask for a better tasting meal,” he said.

He was appreciative of the support shown to those who volunteer their time in the community to keep it safe and secure and said that many times it is the same people volunteering to help out around the community. Robison added that he looks forward to next year’s dinner.

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