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Annual WF Christmas Dinner huge success, many winners

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Wow! What a wonderful 72nd annual Wake Forest Community Dinner on Monday night at The Forks Cafeteria in Wake Forest. The dinner is always a high point for Wake Forest-area folks. Much of the fun occurs before the dinner when people go around greeting others.

More than 300 tickets were sold at $15 each, according to Martha Loftin, a member by the Steering Committee. Each year, the citizen of the year is announced along the club of the year and the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award.

The first recipient of the citizen of the year was Eleanor Reid in 1965. Since 1977, 42 organizations have been recognized. They are the Wake Forest Garden Club, Community Council, Lions Club, American Legion, Extension Homemakers, Rural Fire Department, WF Woman’s Club, WF Optimist Club, Extension Homemakers, Trentini Foundation, Kiwanis Club, General James Moore Chapter, DAR, WF Chamber of Commerce, WF Woman’s Club, WF Rotary Club, Young at Heart Club, Kiwanis Club, WF College Birthplace, Friends of the Library, DuBois Center, Downtown Revitalization Corp., WF Garden Club, Hoops of WF, WF Cultural Arts Assoc., Fourth of July Committee, Civitan Club of WF, WF Centennial Comm., Koinonia Foundation, WF Purple Heart Foundation, WF Charity Car Show, WF Historical Museum, and WF High School JROTC. Many of the clubs have been recognized multiple times. This year’s winner is Tri-Area Ministry.

Those recognized as Citizens of the Year after Eleanor Reid at the following: Mac Bridge, Henry Miller, George and Kathleen Mackie, J. L. Warren, Marie Joyner, Paul Brixhoff, Bob and Peggy Allen, Carroll Trotter, O. T. Brinkley, Esley Forbes, Ailey Young, Billy and Rose Shearon, W.C. Stephenson, John B. Cole, Ruth Snyder, Bertha Harris, Thelma Wright, C.E. Matthews, Ursula Wilkinson, W. Roy Powell, Phil Price, Willie Fleming, Rufus H. Forrest, John and Barbara Lyon, Lydia Lowie, Tom Arrington, Bruce and Margaret Keith, Hope Newsom, Elizabeth F. (Lib) Bartholomew, Ricky Wright, Virginia OIsen, Joyce Board, Margaret J. Wineinger, Helen Lee, Tom Jackson, Sherrill and Susan Brinkley, Jerry Jones, the Bright family, (2002) Beverly Whisnant, Mark Williams, Bob and Elizabeth Johnson, Andy Ammons, (2006) James S. Warren, Carolyn H. Furr, Shirley Wooten, Mike Johnson, Lisa Hayes, Jill Bright, Heather Holding, Louis Mullinger, George Aux, Greg Harrington, Dawn Nakash, Mandy Duguid and David Greenwell.

Winner in the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award Monday night was James Warren, who grew up in Wake Forest and has long supported his hometown.

Those recognized as Citizens of the Year were Eddie and Delores Riggins, regular volunteers at Wake Forest United Methodist Church since moving here a few years ago from the Winston-Salem area after Eddie’s retirement from a tobacco firm.

Door prizes were called out for winners of the table decorations and there must have been about 50 winners.

A Christmas sing-along was held at the end for all to participate.

Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at 919-556-3059 or