The annual Independence Day celebration might have been canceled in Dracut in 2020 due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop Dracut Rotary from holding a special celebration. The annual concert and fireworks is a particular favorite of Dracut’s senior citizens. DRC stepped up to fill in with a special event, featuring a grab-n-go lunch and a family friendly program on Dracut Access TV. Lunches were available for pickup at the Council on Aging Center parking lot from 10 am to 12 noon.
“We gave money to a number of worthwhile causes, but we wanted to do something special for the Seniors in Dracut,” said out-going Club president, Frank Antifonario. “We reached out to Bethany Loveless at the Dracut Council of Aging. She told us about a July 4th Celebration she was planning. It included a grab-n-go meal for all who wanted one and entertainment to be shown on Dracut Cable,” added President Frank.
“This was perfect!” said Frank. “Rotarian Georgiana and her husband Christos Kotsironis of Primo Pizza Restaurant, Dracut, prepared the box lunches, and Sugar Coated Bakery in Dracut supplied the dessert. Warren Shaw supplied his refrigerated truck to keep it all fresh. They are all participants in our Dining Around Dracut event,” added Frank.
On June 30, the Club furnished boxed lunches for about 150 seniors. The “guests” just drove by the center to collect a tasty lunch and returned home and tuned into DATV Channel 8 to enjoy the antics of comedian and juggler Jason Tardy.
Special thanks go out to Bethany Loveless, Executive Director of the Dracut Council on Aging; Gary Meuse, Executive Director of DATV; Georgianna Kotsironis of Primo Pizza; Jennifer Dumais of Sugar Coated Bakery; and Warren Shaw of Shaw Farm for the use of the refrigerated truck. “This was our Independence Day gift to the community,” said President Frank.