Walking in to the Trigg County Senior Center, conversation and laughter can be heard from every room. It is a typical lunch at the senior center, with old and new friends chatting together, making jokes and playing games over a good meal.
"After my husband passed in December, I started coming to the center," said Glenda Herndon. "I come every day that it is open. I eat lunch, play Bingo and cards, and socialize. I have great friends here and this place means the world to me."
Charlotte Newbourne recalled her son forcing her to come to the center to get out of the house.
"I didn't want to come at first, but I come every day that I can now," she said. "I love these ladies and I never would have met them without the center."
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The center provides meals to about 60 seniors in house and delivers meals to about 55 homebound seniors in the county. They also host Bingo games, have a workout area, a pool room, and a library in the center for seniors to use throughout the day.
In 2018, the Kentucky Legislature cut funding to senior programs throughout the state. The center was at risk of losing the kitchen staff and having to transport meals from the Christian County Senior Center for the lunch and Meals on Wheels program along with having to close the center two hours earlier each day.
When the community heard about the cuts, many jumped in to raise the funds needed to keep the center open.
Churches from throughout the county pledged monthly donations, the Cadiz City Council donated $5,000, Hopkinsville Walmart donated a television to be raffled, and the center also raffled a country ham to raise money for the center.
The Trigg County Fiscal Court also passed a resolution to fund the senior center until state funding was restored to senior programs in the state.
The center needs $49,000 per year to continue operations. So far, $36,000 of that amount has been raised. Events are scheduled in the next month to raise the rest of the money the center needs. The TV donated by Walmart was raffled once already, but the winner donated the TV back to be raffled again. The center is selling tickets for $1 each and will raffle the TV again April 1.
The Trigg County Leadership class is hosting a fundraising event for the center March 23. This will be a game night at the center beginning at 4 p.m. Bingo games, a pool tournament, and a cornhole tournament are planned. Bingo cards will be available with a donation to the center, with a selection of prizes for each game, including a beef basket from Jolly Beef worth $100, a free rental of the Renaissance Center from the City of Cadiz, a country ham from local farmer Bob Lawrence, and many other prizes. The pool and cornhole tournaments will be played bracket style and will have cash prizes for the winning teams. For both tournaments, teams will consist of two players, with a $25 entry fee per cornhole team and $50 per pool team. The winning cornhole team will receive $50 and the winning pool team will receive $100.