Annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon for seniors … a Grab & Go due to COVID. Courtesy/LARSO
Loree Lynch greeting seniors at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO
Aliki Benjamin at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO
A portion of the Enterprise Bank & Trust philosophy is that its role in the community isn’t just about banking.
This was on full display when Enterprise employees not only honored a tradition of serving lunch to seniors but allowed it to take place even though it would take place like never before.
The annual holiday tradition took place just prior to the start of the holidays and continued into January. The meal of chicken cordon blue, rice pilaf, peas and carrots and raspberry cheesecake began in Los Alamos with 50 home delivered meals, often called Meals on Wheels. An additional 100 meals were served in a drive through lunch event, often called Grab & Go. This brought a great deal of holiday cheer to hungry seniors with a hankering for normality.
“The best part of our interactions with our senior community is that they share these amazing stories about Los Alamos and their experiences back in the day,” said Liddie Martinez, Enterprise Bank President and Director of Community Engagement. “I met a gentleman a few years ago who shared a bit about the wonderful dances they used to have at Fuller Lodge with live music. He talked about the importance of the social events because of their isolation on the Hill. Thinking about that now with our own isolation struggles – I can understand what joy it must have been to have a social gathering and its importance to the community when we must sacrifice for the good of the whole.”
After a closure the White Rock Senior Center, Martinez approved the need for an extension. Banners were hung and pictures snapped to mark the occasion. The White Rock staff served up another round of happiness just after the new year. The White Rock team served 90 meals in the drive through and an additional 35 meals delivered to the homes of seniors.
“It was wonderful to offer our seniors some small slice of familiarity,” LARSO Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “My staff works hard every day, but these large events require some extra patience and productivity. Our staff also was treated on those days to a pizza luncheon from LARSO Board Member John Baillie to mark the appreciation for going above and beyond. You can learn more about the work of the centers by calling 662-8920 or visiting www.losalamosseniorcenter.com.”