Efrain Azamitia was very happy to have won his silent raffle choice, a painting by Wynn Power. "She does one every year for the DBSC raffle," he said as he showed it to Franklin and Ada Flower.
Doubleday Babcock Senior Center held its annual Wassail at the home of Mrs. Richard (Frinny) Storrs on Friday, Dec. 5, just as the holiday season began. The evening started with the sad acknowledgement of the death that day of Fritz Coudert, longtime board member and supporter of DBSC. "His enthusiasm for the center sparked many new projects and his legacy lives on at DBSC today and for always," said executive director Gail Speranza.
As a nonprofit organization, Doubleday Babcock Senior Center relies on friends, corporations and other foundations to support the center's needs, programs and building maintenance, but also does a great deal themselves, between the board and the members to support their programs. That includes the Wassail which offered a silent auction with wonderful donated items.
"All the fundraisers help us to continue offering our programs to the seniors," said Ms. Speranza. "This is a perfect one. We have been serving the seniors of the community for the past 32 years. The center opened on Feb. 10, 1977.
"The staff works so hard. Many of them volunteered to help out at the Wassail in the kitchen. Mary Frignani, Edna Dormer and Nancy Farinaccio, all helped out there. Some food was donated by the staff; the wine was donated by the Kingsleys and the Soricillos and the Azimitias. The Egg Nog was especially prepared by board member Pat Azimitia and her husband Efrain. The oysters were arranged as a donation by Franklin and Ada Flower through their former company, Frank M. Flower & Sons, Inc. And Wynn Powers donated the painting as she does each year." She added, "Three Oyster Bay High School students were helping pass out the hors d'oeuvres."
DBSC was a busy place during the holidays with the help of its friends. Ms. Speranza said, "We had our Christmas luncheon on Dec. 23, with a visit from Santa (a.k.a. Michael Corssen who is such a good sport)."
"We celebrated New Year's Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 30 with 'New Year's in Las Vegas' as our theme. We had our own entertainment provided by the seniors - which we will do in the years ahead - all donated. Mickey Jimenez, the Line Dance teacher, had about a dozen people in her group performing. It was wonderful. The Ballroom Dancers (including some of the line dancers) also performed. Mickey sang. Three years ago she was a runner-up for Mrs. Senior America!"
All this gives you a good indication of just why people respond when Ms. Speranza says, "Come down and join us!" For information about DBSC please call 922-1770.