Hilcorp to sponsor Senior Thanksgiving on Nov. 26

The dinner is a tradition that started in 1976.

Hilcorp is once again sponsoring the annual Kenai Senior Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors 60 and older.

The Kenai Senior Center hosts a Thanksgiving dinner each year that is open to seniors from across the peninsula. Hilcorp has donated $3,500 to the city of Kenai to purchase food, supplies and other necessities to help host the event.

The dinner is a tradition that started in 1976 when the Homemakers Club provided and served the first meal to seniors, according to city documents.

“From there it grew and has been passed on through Unocal Oil, Agrium and Marathon Oil,” according to a memo from Kathy Romain, senior center director. “Since 2012, Hilcorp has continued that tradition by providing the funding and the volunteers.”

The $3,500 is divided between food and centerpieces. The food costs are estimated at $3,320 and the centerpieces at $180.

The dinner will be held on Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kenai Senior Center at 361 Senior Court, Kenai.

“This Thanksgiving dinner is just so widely accepted and actually anticipated by the community,” said Councilmember Jim Glendening at Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting. “The idea that Hillcorp would once again donate funds to guarantee its success is greatly appreciated by the folks at the senior center.”

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