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Seniors treated to lunch in Beaver Creek

Nicole Frey

BEAVER CREEK- For a moment the ballroom was quiet. The tables were set, candy canes tucked into napkins, water glasses filled. Then in an instant, more than 100 senior citizens were streaming through the doors. Members of senior centers in Eagle, Basalt and Minturn arrived Monday at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort in their holiday best. Arriving half an hour early, the guests were ready to indulge in the 10th meal the hotel has served up to the senior citizens. Bertha Bratton, who belongs to the Eagle senior center, said she’s enjoyed all 10 meals the hotel has served up.”It’s so nice, I wouldn’t want to miss it,” said Bratton, a petite, white-haired lady who has lived in Eagle County since 1944. “We so look forward to this.”Shuttles picked up Bratton and her fellow seniors and whisked them off to Beaver Creek. “We don’t have to worry about anything,” Bratton said. “They take care of it all.”The seniors were treated to a three-course meal starting with a winter vegetable soup. They moved on to an entree of chicken cordon bleu with smashed potatoes and cream of spinach, and then finished off the feast with apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream, and of course, diabetics were catered to as well. “The menu had to be very user friendly,” said Kathi Kotula, the Hyatt’s assistant director of sales.The a jazz trio played for the guests as they ate. And hotel managers volunteered as the wait staff. “People aren’t aware there are so many seniors in our community,” Kotula said. “It means more for us to do it. It’s something beyond our job.”Cooking for and serving more than 100 seniors is just one of the philanthropic projects the Hyatt undertakes, said Scott Gubrud, the director of sales and marketing. For five years, the hotel has served the seniors a holiday luncheon and a summertime barbecue. In addition to food, many of the guests received gifts donated by the Beaver Creek Company, Vail Resorts, Allegria Spa and other local retailers. And when the last plate was cleared, everyone joined in a game of bingo. “It’s absolutely magnificent,” said Johnnette Phillips, a former county commissioner. “They do a wonderful job. It’s the biggest event for the seniors.”Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or Vail, Colorado

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