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JUNEAU - Juneau Coast Guard Chiefs and members of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association Juneau Chapter are holding the 36th annual Senior Citizen's Holiday Dinner at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Entertainment by the Irish Dancers of Juneau will kick off the event, with dinner being served around 4:30 p.m. Other entertainment includes the Children of all Nations, the Highland Dancers, Juneau Jazz Band, the Juneau-Douglas High School Chamber Choir and the Circle of Light.
Care-A-Van will be available for seniors needing a ride to the event. Those interested are asked to reserve transportation prior to Saturday's event.
The Juneau Senior Citizen's Holiday Dinner began 35 years ago when Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Constantine, Senior Chief Petty Officer C.T. Barger and a group of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers stationed in Juneau at the time decided they wanted to do something positive and special for Juneau's senior citizen community.
The holiday dinner began in 1974. Today, the tradition lives on and with the help of local business and organizations that contribute to the event each year. In recent years, about 350 to 400 seniors have taken part.
"The Chiefs would like to thank all the local businesses and organizations that have made this dinner possible and a successful event each year," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Charles Franklin, president of the Juneau Chief Petty Officers Association Chapter.