THAYER -- The fish fry benefit held Nov. 8 at Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center was a huge success.
"As everyone knows, our center was virtually destroyed after the spring floods. We had seepage through the side of our building and were moved out of the building for several months while repairs were being made," said center director Sheila Smith.
Sheriff-elect George Underwood and his wife Debbie provided the fish for the fish fry.
"They brought in a crew of guys to help cook the fish. They included: Terry Hall, Jeremy Hall, Denzel McGhee, Billy Shilvock, Rad Williams and David Ford," Smith said.
Kitchen helpers for the fish fry were: Berniece Rogers, Ladona Buckner, Kathy Buckner and Cheryl Hall.
Terry and Cheryl Brown provided the hush puppies for the meal and Kathy Bowers donated the corn meal and french fries.
Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow made baked beans and Berniece Rogers provided pinto beans, turnip greens and apple cobbler. Pet Hines also brought pinto beans and corn muffins.
Volunteers from the center and from the Myrtle community made cakes and pies for the benefit.
Smith said about 300 people attended the benefit. "It cost $5 a plate and we raised about $2,200. That will go toward the loan of $12,000 we borrowed to help fix the building," Smith said.
Besides a great meal, there was free musical entertainment provided by Jason D. Williams, Mayor Merle Williams, Police Chief David Bailey, Mike Harber, Dennis Horton and Mike Asher.
"I had one lady tell me it was the best $5 she ever spent. We had several people come to the benefit that had not been to the center in a long time," Smith said.
Smith said since the renovations have been made at Fun and Friends it is all but a new building. The ceiling has been lowered, the walls painted, new tile on the floor and a new restroom among many other improvements.
"All the meals served in the center as well as meals delivered to homes are provided by the Southwest Office on Aging. Ice cream, coffee and tea are considered extras and bought with donations," Smith said.
"The workers and the volunteers at Fun and Friends are very appreciative for the support shown by the community. If not for them we would not be able to continue to provide a place like Fun and Friends for our older citizens," she said.
Although a date has yet to be set, Smith said the next benefit will possibly be a chilli cook-off with the proceeds made from that benefit also going to pay off the loan.