Luncheon organized by Axel Adams Foundation recognizes senior citizens for their contributions
NEW ELLENTON — With an enthusiastic speech and a big smile, the founder and president of the Axel Adams Foundation kicked off the organization’s second Senior Citizen’s Luncheon on Thursday at the New Ellenton Community Center.
“I’m so exited about this that I don’t what to do with myself,” Axel Adams said. “We want to love on y’all today. You’re our anchors, and you keep your families together. You contribute to our churches and communities.”
Adams is a native of New Ellenton, and he formerly served on its City Council. He also was the mayor pro tempore, acting mayor and police commissioner.
Currently, Adams resides in the Atlanta area, where he works as a bureau chief for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
“Give yourselves a round of applause,” Adams told the luncheon’s crowd. “Everybody doesn’t make it to be a senior. You are blessed.”
The more than 100 elderly attendees received gift bags, which contained items such as manicure sets and bottles of lotion and hand sanitizer.
They also enjoyed a meal of baked chicken, dressing and gravy, green beans and potato salad.
In addition, there was cake for dessert.
A drawing for door prizes was held, and lots of gift cards were given away along with a television and an air fryer.
“I think it’s a great thing,” said New Ellenton Mayor Vernon Dunbar.
“I’m all for anything that can reach out to the community and bring people together at a joyous time instead of for a funeral or after a tragedy has happened. We’ve got to take care of our seniors. They nurtured us and raised us, and it’s good to give back to them while they’re still here.”
Among those at the Senior Citizens Appreciation Luncheon in addition to Dunbar were Aiken Councilwomen Gail Diggs, who is Aiken’s mayor pro tempore, and Lessie Price.
Joining them were Paul Bush, chairman of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee and president of the Concerned Ministers Fellowship, and New Ellenton Councilwomen Eartha Rogers and Crystal Bing Smith.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers helped the Axel Adams Foundation with the luncheon.
Representing Aiken Regional at the event were Chief Executive Officer Jim O’Loughlin, Chief Operating Officer Matt Merrifield and Eric Muhlbaier, director of patient experience.
“It makes you feel good,” said the Rev. Nancy Parker of the luncheon. “It shows that even though some people look at senior citizens as being old, we haven’t been forgotten. It’s a good thing to get seniors out and give them something to do besides sit at home.”
Parker, 69, lives in Dry Branch and is an associate pastor at Mount Anna Baptist Church in Aiken.
According to a press release, the mission of the Axel Adams Foundation is “to make sustainable and transformational improvements in the areas of education, health and wellness, and community outreach and involvement in the Central Savannah River Area.”