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'Three Stooges' event to raise money for Sugar Grove Senior Center

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Submitted by Sugar Grove Senior Center

Since the Sugar Grove Senior Center's monthly luncheons are all about having a home-cooked meal along with a good time by playing cards, bingo and more, manager Chris Walker figured he would try to raise funding for the Senior Center by hosting a fun event.

"My son saw the 'Three Stooges' movie and had no idea that the movie was based on an old vaudeville and comedy act that began in the 1920s," Walker said. "It got me thinking about how I've watched the 'Three Stooges' with my grandfather, my dad and even with my buddies when I was in college. After reminiscing a bit, I figured we could screen some of the most memorable episodes and sell refreshments and snacks."

The event, titled "3 Stooges; 4 Refreshments," is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 S. Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Popcorn, chips, hot dogs, chili and pop will all be available for purchase. Admission is a minimum donation of $1 per person and Walker stresses that attendees don't have to stay for all four hours, but simply stop by anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. to have a bite to eat and to watch a few original episodes.

"Folks are welcome to spend the entire four hours with us, if they wish, but that's a lot of slapstick to digest," Walker said. "I would greatly appreciate it if many Sugar Grove residents could stop in, say hello, have something to eat and have a few laughs. It sure makes for an inexpensive night and all proceeds go to the Senior Center lunches."

The Sugar Grove Senior Center used to provide free lunches every Tuesday and Thursday through the Salvation Army Golden Diners program, but financial woes forced the program to be cut in July 2011. Walker's job also was eliminated, but he created the monthly luncheons, held on the final Tuesday of every month, to provide a place for seniors to meet for a good meal and socialization. Lunches are provided free.

"We have about 25 to 30 regulars who never miss our lunches and we continue to see more new faces which is great," Walker said. "Unfortunately, times are tough too, so I'm hopeful that we can raise some money to offset some of our costs this year."

For information about this fundraiser or the monthly luncheons, call (630) 777-7961.