The Mint Hill Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 7th, between 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Independence High School. The event is a fun filled celebration held in the schools cafeteria which can accommodate the 500-600 expected senior guests from Mint Hill and the surrounding communities.
The event began in the mid-1980’s when some of the town leaders joined together to find a way to honor the town’s local senior citizens with an event during the Christmas season. The first meetings were held at the Masonic Lodge in Mint Hill.
As the popularity of the event grew in participation, the lodge became too small of a venue. The town leaders moved the event to the Kerr Building located at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill. “My wife Ann and I were helping with the event until 1994, when I decided to accept the Chairman’s role, we made the decision to move the event to Independence High School to be able to accommodate the growing number of attendees,” said Mike Cochrane, Chairman.
This year’s event for the second consecutive year, will be sponsored by Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center, and the party’s host is the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Cochrane further added, “Since I have been the event Chairman, we have been blessed to have many citizen volunteers who have provided their assistance every year to make this event a very festive and enjoyable occasion.”
The Master of Ceremonies for the past 25 years has been Larry Sprinkle. “His commitment and dedication to the annual event for all these years is much appreciated,” said Cochrane. Many other local citizens have served on the committee such as Nancy Whitley, Shirley Kiser, Carol Blackwater, Sally Farris, Randy Woods, Cathy Phillips, Tony Long, Fran Harris, and Troy Pollard all have made significant contributions. Also, there are countless other local area volunteers who have participated such as the Boy Scouts, including various youth groups and organizations locally, and from the high school.
Finally, this year for the first time, there will be tables with individual chairs available for the event to make it more comfortable for the seniors who will be attending to enjoy all the various festivities planned.