Celebrations were spread across Utica today...including in west Utica. On Tuesday night, the West Side Senior Center had bar-b-ques and big bands all to raise funds for their community center.
The band played while many enjoyed a bar-b-q dinner from piggy pats...all to raise money for the west side senior center.
“It takes care of folks that are looking for things to do. Seniors that have worked their whole lives and served their community well. This is a place for them to relax, enjoy,” says Jim Zecca, of west Utica.
But Tuesday night's bar-b-que fundraiser was just one of piece to the puzzle. Assemblyman Brindisi announced the senior center would also receive a $5,000 grant.
“They really do things to try to involved the older adults and keep them active. And i wanted to do whatever I could to help them support that,” says Assemblyman Brindisi.
For the center, the grant is only going to help to enhance the activities they provide for its members.
“This is a way that we can expand our services even more. I mean it's money that can be put towards things that we're already doing and augmenting what we're doing so the quality service that we're providing can be even more quality,” says Dr. Paul Mickler, executive director.
But at the end of the night, people in west Utica are just proud of an event and a center that brings together their community
“It's amazing. It brings back many good memories and i hope there's many more to come because they put 200 percent into everything they put together and we all work together as a team,” says Paul Waszkiewicz, of west Utica.