“Elvis Presley” was in the house at the Coon Rapids VFW Sunday afternoon.
He was in the guise of Andover native, Todd Anderson, who presented his “Ultimate Tribute to Elvis” show at the annual holiday dinner for Coon Rapids seniors hosted by the Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
In his show, Anderson interspersed Elvis Presley standards with holiday classics, closing with “White Christmas,” the Irving Berlin song made famous by Bing Crosby.
There were some 200 people at the event, which was open to Coon Rapids senior citizens age 55 and older as well as members of the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club, Inc.
According to Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist, the snow and cold outside did not limit the number of seniors attending the holiday dinner.
The weather was not as bad as a year ago when the dinner had to be postponed for a week because of heavy snow, then the weather was barely any better a week later when the dinner did take place, Niebler said.
The Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary has been putting on this holiday dinner for Coon Rapids seniors for more than 30 years.
It began as a community service project for seniors in the community by the ladies auxiliary, was well received and has continued every year since, said auxiliary member Bernadette Staum, who with fellow auxiliary member Lila Rosenow, has volunteered at the dinner every year since it started.
According to Tami Meyers, auxiliary member who headed the cooking detail, more than 50 pounds of turkey was purchased for the dinner.
Besides the turkey, the meal included stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cole slaw, cake, coffee and punch.
Seniors paid $5 to offset the cost of the dinner, but the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club, Inc. sponsored Anderson’s Elvis show and also contributed 25 door prizes of $5 each, Niebler said.
Club members also volunteered to be servers for seniors who were unable to go through the buffet food line.
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