Elder Dinner

2018 Emma Cline More Award winners: (left to right) Mary Sue Casey, Elder Eurial Turner, Betty Dorsey, and Selma Sparks

2018 Emma Cline More Award winners: (left to right) Mary Sue Casey, Elder Eurial Turner, Betty Dorsey, and Selma Sparks

The Elder Dinner celebration, most recently held at the Jackson County Family Resource Center in Sylva, is a priority project of One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) that fulfills our mission to honor our elders.

The annual Elder Dinner program is an event that brings together racially diverse elders in the community for good food, fellowship, and fun. A complete dinner, usually catered by a regional African American entrepreneur, feeds 70 to 100 people from counties in far western North Carolina. 

Recent events have been catered and chaired by Stella Moore, the former ODWC Vice President and Finance Officer. Our latest event in 2018 was catered by Ellerna and Thomas Forney of A-Party-In-A-Box. They also provided the beautiful decor.

Each year we bestow the Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service to an older African American whose important volunteer services to the community may have been overlooked.

ELDER DINNER - Barbara McRae - Comm Treasure & Marion Pryce-White by Quintin Ellison

ELDER DINNER - Barbara McRae - Comm Treasure & Marion Pryce-White by Quintin Ellison

The Community Treasure Award is also presented to a person who exemplifies outstanding devotion and commitment to the communities in our far western region.

Ron Bowers, Pam Carman, Marion Pryce-White photo by Quintin Ellison

Ron Bowers, Pam Carman, Marion Pryce-White photo by Quintin Ellison

Ellerna and Thomas catered event by Quintin Ellison

Ellerna and Thomas catered event by Quintin Ellison

The purpose of the annual Elder Dinner is to honor elders of Far Western North Carolina for their community service.  The celebration supports relationships between racially diverse older citizens and provides the opportunity to present The Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service to one or more individuals.