|Ugly Sweater Contest winner Ken Vincent|
At 5:00 PM Deacon Wally Gieringer led an optional prayer service in the Upper Hall, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for family, Church, our Nation, world peace, and personal intentions.
Fr. Bill Elser led the 115 attendees with an opening prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing of God Bless America.
Dinner was served. After dinner President Oliver Field thanked those that helped set up the hall, Johnnas at Desoto Club employees who prepared and served the meal, and the Refreshment Center workers.
Program Director Buddy Dixon then took over the entertainment for the evening. First was the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, which was easily won by Ken Vincent (see picture). After that, Buddy selected his victims to sing the annual 12 Days of Christmas song. Breaking with tradition, he selected female victims, except Bill Patterson (5 Golden Rings) to perform the song. The performance was outstanding and enjoyed by all. Click here for more photos of this event.
After the 50/50 drawing, Fr. Bill Elser closed the meeting with a prayer