2018 Mint Hill Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Santa with some friends. (Ed Berti)
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Santa out and about. (Ed Berti)

This years version of the three decades old event was as festive as ever.  With Santa Claus  arriving in time to meet and greet many of his loyal followers, Town Commissioner and Committee Chair Mike Cochrane, Joy Greear, President, Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center, Tony Long President, Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce along with guest speakers and Master of Ceremony Larry Sprinkle WCNC, NBC 6 all made for a great fun filled event.

Mike Cochrane and Larry Sprinkle. Nice jacket Mike!
(Paul Imirie)
Larry Sprinkle with Miss Mint Hill. (Paul Imirie)

The Independence High School cafeteria was packed once again with seniors ranging in ages from their 60’s into the 90’s to enjoy the brunch between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm this past Saturday morning.  The Mint Hill High School remains the mainstay for the annual event as the facility is spacious and can accommodate a large seating capacity.

The crowd and spacious Independence cafeteria. (Paul Imirie)

The event was once again hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the meal was sponsored and provided by Novant Health.  There was a large raffle drawing and some very nice gifts were offered.  The meal consisted of chicken, green beans, fruit, roll, macaroni and cheese along with a beverage made the setting very enjoyable and really comfortable for the seniors in the crowd.

Seniors getting served by Mint Hill Volunteer Firefighters. (Paul Imirie)

There were plenty of volunteers including the Boy Scouts, Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and others who all made a significant contribution to the success of this years event.  The invocation was given by Reverend Rick Whittier, Arlington Baptist Church, and the closing prayer by Reverend Rob Mariucci, Wilson Grove Baptist Church.

Santa with some friends. (Ed Berti)

A special appreciation goes out to the local business community and organizations who provided the prize drawing items and contributed to the day’s event.  This includes Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care,  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Chick-Fil-A, Albemarle Road, Create A Video, Deals Plus Discount, First National Bank, Food Lion, J-Bird’s Burger Jointe, Leon Hill Interiors, Martin’s Produce and Nursery, Mint Hill Lions Club, The UPS Store.  Also, a big thank you to Independence High School.

Four beautiful Mint Hill Queens and Princess. (Ed Berti)

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to our local senior citizens and to all residents who live, work and play in our community.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
Ed can be reached at ed@minthilltimes.com, eberti7777@gmail.com and linkedin.com.