Sharing a meal with the Campbell County Senior Center

Campbell County Senior Center

Kathy Heying, Dry Fork Station administrative supervisor, helps out a guest.

The excitement of Christmas lights. The sound of jingle bells. The smell of cinnamon. Traditions make the Christmas holiday. One of the traditions at Campbell County Senior Center in Gillette, WY, is the annual Christmas dinner.

This year, Dry Fork Station and First Interstate Bank served a record number of meals to seniors who may not have been able to enjoy a holiday meal, festivities, great entertainment and a room full of friends.

Tom Stalcup, Dry Fork Station plant manager, joined Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, and Arden Fuher, Basin Electric director, and Arden’s wife Susan, to serve 343 meals at the senior luncheon Dec. 13. Watch the video. “This was a record number of meals ever served at this center,” says Jannett Troyer, senior center kitchen staff. Along with the meals served at the center, another 115 meals were taken to homebound seniors.

Campbell County Senior Center

Ronda Warner, Dry Fork Station utility operator, spends time with some guests.

The preparation of the feast started several days in advance with the slow cooking of more than 100 pounds of roasts, 100 pounds of potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, gravy, and 50 pies. “We love doing it,” says Cindy Webster, senior center kitchen staff.

In addition to the meal, there were holiday songs provided by Campbell County High School singers, door prizes, and giveaway items such as quilts, pies, and gift baskets.

Betty Benedick has been going to the Christmas meal for 12 years. “The food was excellent, the volunteers and sponsorship was great, and you can’t beat the price!” She most enjoyed the festive singing and visiting with friends she rarely sees.

Campbell County Senior Center

Andrew Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, enjoys a meal with Campbell County Senior Center guests.

Basin Electric and First Interstate Bank have been partnering for several years to serve and pay for lunch once a month at the Campbell County Senior Center.

Campbell County Senior Center

Tom Stalcup, Dry Fork Station plant manager.

Serri says, “Basin Electric has a history of generous community outreach to those who are most in need. We give back in many ways but the real payback is actually what we receive as volunteers.”

Stalcup agrees. “Seeing the smiling faces of new and old friends makes our day. This is a special day, not only for the seniors, but for the staff at the plant as well.”

Senior and lunch attendee Marjory Rainwater says, “This is a wonderful party, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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