Southern fried fish is a delicacy that’s enjoyed by many folks, no matter what part of the country they’re from. That’s one of the reasons Jurrel Wood and other board members of the McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center had a fish fry recently.
The public was invited to feast on fish, cole slaw, vegetables and assorted desserts in an effort to raise funds for maintaining the center. A slate of entertainers took to the stage, singing and joke-telling to the capacity-filled center.
Wood served as the organizer of the event, and she wowed the crowd with her joke-telling abilities.
“We had a great day, had a good number attend, and we all enjoyed the fish,” said Wood. “I called on my friends and church family to help, and they all came through providing everything we needed.”
Assistance was received from East End Drive Church of Christ Hiawassee Church of Christ and Browntown Church of Christ.
Fred Locke was the head cook, frying almost 80 pounds of fish outdoors on one of the hottest days of the season.
Center director Cheryl Watson Mingle reports cash donations totaled $103, and the fish fry netted $1,056. She and the board work on a daily basis securing the funds needed to run the center, which is open daily for the use of area senior citizens.
“We were so blessed to have the support in this endeavor from the African American population,” said Mingle. “They enjoy coming to the center and working toward its success.
The definition of a senior center is: To provide programs and activities in the neighborhood accessible every day, that will keep seniors active as they age.
By keeping active, both mentally and physically, they stay stronger, which helps to support independent living. The center also provides another benefit, that of socialization and friendship, which is hard to get at home.
“I just love the center,” said Wood. “I go almost every day, because it gives me something to do and to look forward to. We can play Bingo, cards, exercise, play pool, and even shop at the thrift store.”
She continues by thanking everyone involved in the effort, and plans are being made to have another event in the fall.
“We worked hard, but it was worth it,” said Wood. “It was a small thing we could do to keep the doors open.”