Ratcliff Senior Citizens Center raises funds with silent auction
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Friday, March 25 was a day for celebrating life, raising funds and a day for enjoying the company of dear friends and families at the Ratcliff Senior Citizens Center. The theme of the party was “Celebrate Texas”, in honor of the state’s 175th birthday. A group of Ratcliff seniors also were celebrating their birthdays, but they haven’t reached the 175-year mark yet. The tables were decorated with bluebonnet centerpieces, flags adorned the walls, a pair of cowboy boots were on a bookcase and a bit of Texas history was read. The celebratory meal included ham, fresh fruit and vegetables, vanilla ice cream and a birthday cake decorated with bluebonnets. Everyone smiled and applauded when Houston County PCT 4 Commissioner Kennon Kellum presented the Ratcliff Senior Citizens Center with a $2,000 check, the county’s annual budgeted contribution to the center. The Houston County community donated a large array of items for the silent auction. Several seniors kept their eyes peeled on the display tables to see if any of their friends were outbidding them on their favorites. The items ranged from live ferns to a variety of baked goods to decorative bird houses to a cedar jewelry chest and hand-made wooden crosses. Other items included an ice chest filled with groceries and a large ice chest suitable for hunters or large gatherings at Houston County Lake or maybe a trip to Galveston. Several restaurant gift certificates also were available for bids. Dona Brenner of Houston County Home Health Care said the community was very generous with its donations, and that her car was filled with goodies when she drove to the auction. For entertainment, groups of seniors engaged in some serious domino games while others collaboratively assembled jigsaw puzzles or gathered around pianist Celeste Tanner to sing their favorite songs. Still others mingled and sat visiting with friends. After lunch, everyone made another round of the auction tables, with some raising their bids. At the closing of the bids, smiling folks gathered up their prizes. It was clear that this group of seniors know how to have a good time together.