This year's luncheon welcomed about 1000 senior citizens
Congresswoman Laura Richardson continues to keep senior citizens in the know about important issues.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
On Friday, May 20, Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37) hosted the 4th Annual Senior Briefing and Luncheon (ASBL) to a room of vital and active seniors ready to hear important information. The event was a day full of facts and info presented by numerous organization and company representatives with a heavy dose of community fun and entertainment.
There were representatives from AARP, Center for Health Care Rights, Automobile Club of Southern California, FBI, Southern California Gas Company and many others. They presented vital information that tends to elude senior citizens. The whole purpose of this event is to make sure the senior community is not forgotten or forsaken.
“It started with a desire that seniors sometimes don’t get the quality information that they need in an environment where they can sit and relax,” said Richardson. The Congresswoman also spoke on how the luncheon also serves in another capacity.
“Some seniors…this will be their meal for the day. We really try not only in giving them information but to make it a fun day out for them and that’s why it has grown so much.”
The late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald started the ASBL several years ago at the Carson Community Center, now named after Millender-McDonald. When Richardson began her term as Congresswoman, she picked up the reigns and continued this important event.
“My first year…it was about 300 [to] 400 seniors,” said Richardson. “We’ve grown it to about 1,000.
“We push very hard to have seniors from all over our area. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas helps us to get buses so we can bring seniors in and then, a lot drive.”
The seniors come not only for the valuable info but also for the invaluable performances from community programs, groups and the raffles. There were performances from the Carson Senior Line Dancers, Carson Sweethearts of Tap Dance, the Compton Dance Theatre, a Zumba workout and other performances.
Richardson flexed her golden pipes and sang a couple of songs with the karaoke machine. She even had a special duet with her sister.
“This year we talked about Medicare and social security, so what my goal is, whenever we have it [ASBL], the most important things that are happening, in terms of government and legislation, this is a good venue for us to give them [senior citizens] current and correct information,” said Richardson.