Sunday, December 9th, was a joyous day, as our OLLI family gathered together for our holiday luncheon at the lovely Courtyard Marriott in Cypress. Malcolm Green, our president, graciously welcomed us to a room festively decorated in holiday colors.
At tables with gorgeous orchids as centerpieces, smiling guests enjoyed their selection from a lavish and delicious buffet including assorted gourmet cheeses and crackers, a colorful citrus salad with toasted almonds, succulent tri-tip steak, savory chicken marsala, German potatoes, and grilled vegetables. Then came the great dilemma, the dessert choice. Eggnog cheesecake or mousse chocolate cake? Some of us took both.
A fund-raising opportunity drawing organized by our social and special events planner, Janie Payan, featured elegant gift baskets overflowing with gourmet chocolates, nuts, cookies, coffee, tea, wine, and even gas cards. Not everyone could win prizes, but we were all given a very special gift, the opportunity to converse with friends and instructors from our classes. Our heartfelt thanks to you, Janie, for all that you do.
Live music, provided by the talented keyboard musician Robert Fields, was lively and cheerful for our listening pleasure. Mr. Fields at his keyboard filled the room with the sounds of a full band. Great fun!
This has become a wonderful OLLI tradition at the end of the year. Many thanks to our instructors, volunteers, the donors, and OLLI members for a memorable day. You are very special people. Sincere thanks to Barbara White, our director, for joining us and for her interest in and dedication to our members. We all look forward to another great holiday gala next year!