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Shriners Christmas party offers rockin' good time

Mary Hinds • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

The Wilson County Shriners put on its annual Christmas shindig Tuesday night when the group played host to many of the county's disabled citizens.

Club secretary and treasurer Joe Williams was the master of ceremonies for the annual party.

"More than 125 people have signed up to attend," he said. "We'll have dinner, a visit from Santa and the Melvin Sloan group will provide the music."

He said most of the guests were from Prospect, Inc., a local organization that promotes independence for disabled people in Wilson and surrounding counties.

"We've been having this event for 34-40 years. We do this through the Wilson County Shriners with a little help from our friends," Williams said as he watched the band warm up. "They really cut loose when the band starts."

Dinner was prepared by Sunset Restaurant and the cole slaw, French fries and fried chicken had everyone's mouth watering. The highlight of the evening was a visit from Santa who gifted the guests each with a $10 bill, fruit and candy. The Shriners clowns were also on hand and attracted a lot of attention from guests.

Shriner and Wilson County Property Assessor Bev Spcikard was arranged a table of cookies for the guests.

"This is their big night, and this really starts my Christmas off," he said.

Club President Mickey Braggett kept a watchful eye out to make sure all the guests were there before the party kicked off. He said the annual party is a big deal for the Shriners.

"We're already planning for next year," he said.

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