There was something magical about the spring luncheon hosted by Sister Ann Venita Britto and her Ministry of Caring.
In this case, it was local magician Jack Gonsalves who kept those in attendance at the special event open to all seniors regardless of their religious affiliation at the St. Anthony’s parish gymnasium last Thursday.
They came from places such as Valley CAPS, Prestige, Brookdale Assisted Living and St. Jude Care Center.
Loraine Miller was among those from Brookdale. She was also recognized for her 93rd birthday, and was joined by her daughter Trudy and granddaughter Amanda.
For Gonsalves, he’s been entertaining folks with his “magic” for over 50 years. He’s performed in Las Vegas, Knotts Berry Farm, and Disneyland during that time.
Along with Gonsalves, JRP Band was the main entertainment. Mrs. Desiree Aguirre’s kindergarten students from nearby St. Anthony’s school also performed, singing three songs.
The hotdog luncheon was prepared by Rick Jager and Sue Parham. St. Anthony’s seventh-grade students along with members of the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus helped served the food.
Sister Ann and her Ministry of Caring host several luncheons for seniors and a few others for consumers of Valley CAPS Plus.