More than 200 people gathered at the Columbus Civic Center Wednesday for the Ninth Annual Columbus Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Senior Summerfest.
SALT is meant to educate senior citizens about key information while providing them with plenty of entertainment and gifts. The event featured 30 vendors, including AARP, Crisis Center of Russell County, Area Agency on Aging and more.
"They love the entertainment," Columbus Police Maj. Wanna Barker-Wright said. "They love getting out."
Vendor representatives were stationed at individual booths, where they provided participants with educational pamphlets about their company's services.
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Betty Shaw with the Columbus Chapter of AARP said she was proud to support SALT's message of unity.
"To be a strong influence in the community [and] a strong advocate in the community, we have to speak for ourselves," Shaw said. "There is an old saying that sticks that stand together cannot be pulled apart."
The crowd was entertained by Tai Chi exercise, live music and an educational play about scammers.
Raffle winners were announced and given prizes provided by local agencies. The gifts included flowers, lotion, cups, umbrellas and more.
Columbus resident Mary Thomas was all smiles when she was named the winner of a Gentiva Hospice gift basket at the SALT raffle. Thomas said her 67th birthday is July 29, so she sees the present as an early birthday gift.