Reported by Donna McKay, Club Reporter
The Choctaw County Community Center was turned into a winter wonderland with ‘The Sights and Sounds of Christmas’ by the club members of the Ackerman Twentieth Century Club at their annual Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 7, 2013. When the guests arrived they were given a list of Christmas songs and movies so they could figure out the table themes which were decorated by Club members and a prize was awarded to Cindy McGlothin from French Camp for knowing all the themes. There were also eight vendors present for the convenience of the hundred plus in attendance to shop for Christmas.
Club President Susan Shurden welcomed everyone to the Brunch and everyone enjoyed a fun game before eating. A delicious array of food was served buffet style and prepared by Club member Marina Loper.
Special music was provided by Jordan Box of French Camp, who did an outstanding job, as usual. Tinker Forrester then introduced guest speaker Kym Garaway-Braley of Hattiesburg. Kym gave a beautiful testimony of how she became an artist and how God changed her life. She is a well-known Mississippi artist and her art pieces are sought nationwide. Kym shared her love for God and ended her program by drawing a beautiful picture depicting the love of Christ for his sheep and the blood He shed for us. What a life changing experience! Ackerman Twentieth Century decided to donate this piece of art to the Choctaw County Nursing Center for the residents to enjoy.
Highlighting the success of the Christmas Brunch, Susan Shurden submitted that the “Twentieth Century Club of Ackerman enjoys hosting this event for the community each year. Countless hours are spent planning table decor, securing top vendors and presenters, preparing the food and selling tickets. Seeing everyone visiting with old friends and making new ones makes all the work so worthwhile! We are fortunate to have the support of our community and in turn use the money that is raised on community service projects throughout the coming year. Thank you to everyone who attended this year!”
Fundraising Chairman Tinker Forrester stated, “I was so pleased with the attendance this year and the comments we received about the brunch. Even the frigid temperatures couldn’t keep the attendees from getting in the holiday spirit! It was a lot of hard working, pulling it all together, but in the end it was well worth it. Plans are already in the works for next year’s event!”