The much anticipated senior luncheon that was created by senior advocate Joan Turner, recently celebrated its 31st year kicking off the holiday season. More than 500 seniors to continued the legacy of the late City of Jacksonville senior division employee whose life was dedicated to local seniors. Since her death, for the past five years, Astronaut Starbright non-profit founder Taylor Richardson and city councilman Terrance Freeman raise funds for the celebration which includes gifts and recognition of the oldest male and female senior citizen. One of this years honorees was civil rights veteran and retired postal worker 102-year-old Lloyd N. Pearson.
Seniors fellowships with council members and sponsors while partaking in meals prepared by the staff of North Jacksonville Baptist Church. In addition to honoring Turner’s legacy, this years dinner also included a remembrance libation dedicated to ‘Raymond “Al” Hardin,’ who was instrumental for years in organizing, volunteering and supporting seniors throughout the year with food bank distributions and ride share options. “I’m proud of our staff, supporters and city officials that support this event. Seniors deserve this recognition every year,” said organizer Geri Hardin, aide to Councilman Freeman, has hosted the luncheon after being personally tapped by Turner to continue her legacy.