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Colfax Lions will serve up holiday feast

Raffle donations help club put dinner on the table Nov. 23
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Preparing to have hundreds of guests for Thanksgiving Dinner is nothing new to the Colfax Lions Club. They’ll be doing it again Wednesday, Nov. 23, when the service club hosts the free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Community Center. Paul Petrul, who has been a Colfax Lion for more than 40 years, said his club has been preparing the dinner for 35 to 40 years. “It’s a good thing for the community,” he said. “When we first started out, we tried to limit it to people who really needed it … but then we just went to whoever walks in the door, we feed them.” Last year, almost 300 people took advantage for the dinner for fine food and fellowship. Petrul said Colfax Lion Dan Zender, who is in charge of the dinner, plans to cook about 15 “big” turkeys. “We also have mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, ham, Jell-o, and, of course, pumpkin pie with whipped cream at the end.” Petrul said the community dinner is a “fun thing,” that everybody – especially the Lions – enjoying doing. “With any kind of a service organization, you sometimes have trouble getting people to come out to work. But for this we’ll have everybody there, probably at least 40 Lions and Lioness, and Boy Scouts who help by delivering food. For those who can’t get to community center we’ll take them a full dinner,” Petrul said. Anyone wishing to have a Thanksgiving dinner delivered to their home should call the Colfax Dental Center at 346-6244. Colfax Lion Ernie Steiner said turkeys for the community dinner are donated every year by Sierra Market in Colfax. “The cost of the rest of the dinner is offset by the raffle tickets that were sold for the drawing for 18 turkeys,” Steiner said, and varies from year to year, depending on donations received at the door and the number of tickets sold. “Some years it’s break even, some year it’s a $400 to $500 cost. We usually get pretty substantial donations at the dinner itself,” Steiner said. Those who want to give the Lions a hand in the kitchen can go to the Sierra Vista Center at 11 a.m. on Nov. 23. Steiner said clean-up at the end of the dinner will be done with the assistance of four or five volunteers from the California Conservation Corps, who’ll also enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner for their efforts. Steiner said he and his wife, Rita, are planning a Thanksgiving dinner at their home for her three daughters and two grandchildren from Southern California. “We’re serving turkey,” Steiner said, but “luckily, not until Friday.” In Auburn, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. Contact the Salvation Army of Auburn at 889-3990, ext. 13, for more information.