Counting your blessings: Iberville Council on Aging hosts 27th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Seniors enjoy their meal at the Iberville Council on Aging's 27th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 21 at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center. The event attracted approximately 450. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Axiall and the Iberville Council on Aging presented its 27th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 21 at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

Director of the Iberville COA Charlene Siplin welcomed everyone before a Thanksgiving Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Blessing were delivered by the group's centers including East Iberville, Maringouin, White Castle and Plaquemine.

"We had a real good turnout," Siplin said. "The parish is real supportive of the Council on Aging. This luncheon is provided for all the seniors of Iberville Parish."

The event is sponsored by Axiall who coordinates the meal with LeBlanc's Food Stores and the building with the Iberville Parish Recreation Department, according to Siplin.

Siplin said vans transport seniors and the event gives them a chance to feel appreciated.

"For some of them, this is their only Thanksgiving meal," Siplin said.

This year, Plaquemine Senior High School football coach Paul Distefano and his players served lunches while Beta Club members served drinks.

"I come to meet the people," Chester "Catman" Landry said. "Oh, yeah it is good. They have some good cooks."

Siplin estimated about 450 seniors were served.

"It is just nice to reminisce about the old days," Wilfret Lorraine said. "It was a beautiful time. I enjoy being able to see friends I haven't seen since last year."

As people exited to their vehicles or transport vans, some weren't so anxious to go.

"We all had fun," Gertrude Theresa Jackson said. "We had a marvelous time. We were ready to get down Southern style."