Thanksgiving Lunch For Seniors To Disappear After 20 Years
A Thanksgiving Luncheon for seniors from West University Place and surrounding areas will not take place this year for the first time in 20 years.
Toby Brooks, West U senior services manager, told the Senior Services Board on Oct. 8 that the retired high school teacher who masterminded the luncheon had been running out of steam for the past three years, but was unable to find a replacement to keep the event going.
“It was all done through the honor society,” Brooks said. “We just put it in the newsletter.”
Eleanor Murray was a teacher at Bellaire High School who organized honor students to throw the luncheon to fulfill their community service requirements. Each student was responsible for a different portion of the holiday meal. Murray and her family came together each year to divvy up tasks and ensure they were completed correctly.
The luncheon at the West U Community Center normally drew about 90 to 120 seniors. The majority were from Houston and Bellaire, but about 15 to 20 West U seniors attended each year, Brooks said.