The ABLE Senior Center celebrated not only Valentine’s Day, but their 43rd anniversary with a luncheon held on Tuesday, February 13.

Unlike their regular monthly luncheons, which are free for senior citizens to enjoy, this luncheon raised money to help the senior center continue offering their programs to the local community. Guests were treated to a roast beef dinner with coffee and desert in exchange for only $8.

“It was awesome,” said Susan Birdsong, director of the ABLE senior center. She said the luncheon raised a little over $500. In addition to the dinner, Birdsong said they had enough door prizes for each of the guests to have one when they left. These ranged anywhere from gift baskets and certificates to blankets and purses.

The event was hosted at the Rolla Church of the Nazarene, to whom Birdsong expressed her ongoing thanks. The Nazarene Church also hosts their luncheons each month. Birdsong additionally thanked the ABLE board members as well as the community for “stepping up and showing their support.

Birdsong said the luncheons and other activities provided and organized by the ABLE Senior Center helps seniors to get out of their homes and socialize, and a free meal is always beneficial to the senior community.

“It helps them be more independent,” she said.

These free meals take place on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Rolla Church of the Nazarene. The center hosts card games for seniors each Wednesday at the Holloway House in Rolla.

For more information on what the ABLE Senior Center does for the senior community, feel free to call them at 573-364-4357.