December 7, 2016

Stamps help spread Christmas cheer

For the seventh consecutive year, a Stampeders’ contingent served up some delicious holiday spirit.

Rob Cote, Bakari Grant, Rob Maver, Rene Paredes, Quinn Smith and head coach Dave Dickenson braved the bitter cold to attend the Chinook Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Lunch on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 250 seniors congregated at the Carriage House Inn where the Red and White distributed traditional holiday meals to each and every guest. Courses consisting of salad and apple pie bookended turkey, asparagus and mashed potatoes.

This annual event, which began in 2005, is organized by a group of dedicated local business people who volunteer their time to support a number of worthy initiatives. The Chinook Rotary Club is a division of Rotary International, an organization of 1.2 million individuals around the world who have strived to make a difference in society for ,more than 100 years.

Coach Dickenson and the players each wore festive Christmas ties for the special occasion and also spent time interacting with seniors at each table where they posed for pictures and signed autographs.

The always-popular Ralph the Dog made an appearance as well, bringing smiles to the faces of everyone in the ballroom.

In addition, a quartet of holiday singers took to the stage to provide a variety of holiday musical selections throughout the midday meal.

To conclude the program, the group of Grant, Maver and Paredes took turns awarding numerous door prizes to lucky winners.