Golden Years Holiday Celebration Cancelled, But Seniors Remembered with Special Mailing from CBC & City of Raleigh

Golden Years Holiday Celebration

Raleigh Parks and Recreation Active Adults staff watched the movie “Elf” and stuffed 1,545 envelopes to mail to Golden Years Club members since the 2020 Golden Years Holiday Celebration was cancelled due to the pandemic. CBC and the City of Raleigh have proudly sponsored the event for the past 63 years.

Capitol Broadcasting Company and the City of Raleigh have been jointly sponsoring a holiday event for Raleigh seniors for the past 62 years.  As with every in-person event this season, the 63rd Annual Golden Years Holiday Celebration has been cancelled.  But CBC and the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department wanted to make sure that the seniors received a little something special to let them know we are thinking of them this year.

Last week Raleigh Parks and Recreation Active Adults staff watched the movie Elf and stuffed 1,545 envelopes to mail to Golden Years Club members.  CBC gives a special shout out to our friends at Hardees for providing complimentary breakfast coupons, thanks to the coordination of WRAL-TV Key Accounts Team Manager Kevin Jones.

The WRAL-TV Creative Services team designed a special holiday card for the seniors, and CBC provided a snowflake ornament with a poinsettia design, in a nod to our annual tradition of gifting each senior with a live plant.

“For me, Golden Years makes it feel like Christmas has finally arrived,” said Corp/WRAL-TV Community Relations Director Loretta Harper-Arnold.  “When you walk in the beautifully decorated Convention Center ballroom with live holiday music, WRAL talent on main stage and a sea of over 1,000 excited seniors in festive attire, it’s hard to resist getting in the holiday spirit. For over 60 years, this event has always been such a fun and meaningful way to celebrate our seniors and kick off the holidays.”

Golden Years Holiday Celebration

The 63rd Annual Golden Years Holiday Celebration, sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting and the City of Raleigh’s Parks & Rec Dept, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic but wanted to make sure that the seniors received a little something special to let them know they are thought this year.

WRAL-TV also has a tradition of airing a broadcast with highlights from the annual breakfast’s entertainment on Christmas Day.  With a little adapting, CBC is continuing that tradition as well.

“The Best of Golden Years” television special will air on FOX 50 on Christmas Day at 10:35pm, following an abbreviated WRAL newscast.  Tune in to enjoy wonderful holiday musical performances as WRAL celebrates the best of the Golden Years.

This long-time CBC tradition hopes to be back, bigger and better than ever, in December 2021!

Happy Holidays to the Golden Years Club members across Raleigh.

Thanks to Corp/WRAL-TV’s Loretta Harper-Arnold & The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept’s Todd Riddick for these Capcom photos.

 

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