Preserve Unit 45 Celebrates ‘Boots & Bling’ Event
Kathy Bomwell and Robin Maxim, Social Committee
More than 50 people got their Western on and gathered at the Elks Lodge on Jan. 24 for Unit 45’s “Boots & Bling.” We were proud to support the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge who provides extensive charitable support to the surrounding communities. Catalina Pizza catered a delicious chicken and pasta buffet. DJ David Ragland provided music to dance the night away. Deb Adinolfi instructed the cowboys and cowgirls on line dancing the “Cupid Shuffle” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” After a fun evening, guests hopped on their horses, err, I mean, into their cars, and rode off into the sunset back to SaddleBrooke.
Unit 46 Ends a Busy Year Jingle Bell Rockin’
Pink and black were the colors of the night when Unit 46 held its Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Party on Dec. 17 in the MountainView ballroom. Party revelers dined on hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and coleslaw and topped off dinner with root beer floats and a special ice cream sundae bar.
Music was provided by Harry Matthews, and dancers twisted, strolled, and mash potatoed the night away. It was a great way to enjoy the holidays with neighbors!
This event also wrapped up a busy year for the unit. During the year, nine appetizer parties were held, in addition to monthly Diva’s Luncheons and Men’s Breakfasts. Special events included a Run for the Roses (the unit’s homage to the Kentucky Derby, complete with hobby horses), Moonlight Golf, Oktoberfest, and a Cornhole Competition that saw some truly unique tossing techniques.
The unit got serious in December and collected $8,450 for the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach’s Adopt-A-Family Drive. Presents were purchased for 63 children and 38 adults, plus a Bashas’ gift card was added for Christmas dinner purchases. Special thanks go to Lori and Richard Snead, who coordinated volunteers and bagged gifts, and to Gay and Bruce Uhl, who collected the donations. Finally, the drive couldn’t have been a success without the 20 unit elves who shopped and wrapped gifts.
Unit 49 Update
The good folks in Unit 49 were so busy enjoying the holidays that we didn’t have time to submit an article! Between house parties, adopt a family, happy hours, decorating, and general festivities, we all were happily spreading the holiday cheer.
Two events that are definitely worth mentioning are the holiday party and the annual Unit 49 Cookie Exchange, which was hosted by Angie and Alan Stein in their beautifully decorated home. Angie is the “Hostess with the Mostest,” providing beautifully decorated gift bags to haul away all those cookies (ours lasted until the new year). There was plenty of sugar to go around and delicious, festive beverages (just what was in that eggnog?). Residents arrived dressed in their holiday best with platters of goodies to share.
The Unit 49 10th Annual Holiday Party was held in the MountainView ballroom on Dec. 3. With 106 happy attendees, it was considered a big success! The evening started out with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a plated dinner and a chocolate volcano cake for dessert, which folks are still talking about. Entertainment provided by Wild Ride kept the group dancing the night away. A photo booth with professional photographer extraordinaire Steve Weiss provided attendees with lasting memories of their holiday night out. Our party planner Diane Marchand did an outstanding job organizing the event.
As we move into the new year, we are planning a Chili Bingo Meet Your Neighbor event in February and attending the Spook Light Legacy play as a group in March.