A luncheon was held at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church new Activity Center in Prairieville on Wednesday, October 18 to honor the senior citizens in Ascension Parish. The annual Senior Citizen Luncheon is sponsored by the St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Altar Society.

There were about 135 attendees including invited guests from Azalea Estates Assisted Living, Ascension Oaks Center and Gonzales Health Care as well as parishioners from St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church. Lunch was prepared by Gonzales Jambalaya Festival 4-time Golden Paddle winner Byron Gautreau and David Guedry. Music was provided again this year by Hoyt Cutie. As in the past, the Gonzales Lion's Club made a generous donation showing their support for the senior citizens in our community. Private gifts were also received from the Parish of Gonzales, the Oubre family and three other personal donations.

Door prizes were provided by many merchants in Ascension Parish and the surrounding areas. The sponsors in the Gonzales area were Picou Building Supply, Don's Seafood, Mike Anderson's Seafood, Gonzales Tire & Automotive, First American Bank, Capital One Bank, Athletic Center, Hebert Steel Co. Inc., Piccadilly Restaurant, Wal-Mart, Pupera and Sons Lumber Yard, Price LeBlanc Nissan, Tanger Factory Outlets, Picou Brothers Construction Co., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Chabill’s Tire & Auto, Jumonville’s Bakery, Boudreaux’s Automotive, Casa Maria Mexican Grill, Cajun Catch Seafood Market & Deli, Christian Brothers Seafood, Sac’s Western Store, Eddie Lambert Law Office, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Hutch’s Hardware, Ascension Equipment & Rental, Dietz Tire Co., Blue Runner Foods Inc., Ourso Funeral Home, Supreme Chevrolet, Starbucks Coffee Co., Outback Steakhouse, The Cabin Restaurant, Philay’s Catfish & More, Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Biggeaux’s Tires, Tyra’s Total Automotive, Rollin Homes, The Home Depot, Smith Chiropractic Clinic, Wright’s Furniture, Whitney Bank, Business First Bank, Orgeron Law Firm, David Wilcox State Farm Insurance, Ascension Ready Mix, Adam Mccarty State Farm Insurance, Economy Brick Sales, Alliance Therapy Services, Casey Granger State Farm Insurance, GSA Consulting Engineers, Gautreaux’s Lawn & Garden, Ralph’s Supermarket, Mo’s Design, Elaine’s Hair Salon, Cabela’s and Crazy Ralph’s Car Stereo.

Sponsors from the Prairieville area were Frank's Restaurant, Himmel's Door and Hardware, Galvez Seafood, Mobil Air Inc., Oak Grove Smokehouse, Anna’s Floral Designs, Sonic Galvez Drive- in, Todd Husers State Farm Insurance, On The Half Shell Restaurant, Delaune’s Do It Center, Foil N-2-N Communications, Temperature Controls Inc., Acadiana Glass & Tire, Sammy’s Grill and Prairieville Iron Works.

Our sponsors in Baton Rouge are Louisiana Siding & Windows, Piccadilly Restaurant LLC., Cowboy Chicken, E.F. Research, Paul Rabalais Law, Sanford Industries, Burger King, Bedazzle Gifts, E. Federal Credit Union and Louisiana Nursery.

Other area sponsors include the Sorrento Lumber Co., Christy’s and Frederic’s in Pineville, Jon’z Designz in Garyville, Ace’s Cycles in Slidell and Desiree’s in Garyville.

We ask that you support these businesses when you are looking for one of the services provided by our sponsors.

It is an honor to be able to serve the senior citizens in our community. We hope to see everyone back next year - same time, same place. For more info, contact Paul W. Allen 225-810-7730 paulwallen@cox.net or Delphin T. Russelburg, 225-276- 5117 dtrusselburg@outlook.com.

To see a PHOTO GALLERY from the event click here.