MASON CITY, Iowa - Hundreds of seniors made their way inside the Columbia Club including Dale Rotzinger, who has attended for the past four years.
"It’s really great for me, I live by myself and I think it's been a pretty good thing for me,” Rotzinger.
Rotzinger does not have any family members in Mason City which makes it difficult during this time of year, but says he has gained friends who have turned into family by attending the event.
"I’ve got a lot of friends down at the community kitchen and I also have a lot of friends now since I’ve been here."
CENT Credit Union President and CEO Mathew Chizek says their goal is to serve as many people as they can every year.
"But at the end of the day they're are a lot of people that don't have their family in the area, so when they can come and be a part of something with over 1,000 people sitting down and being together it just absolutely warms my heart."
"I want to thank all of them that put this together, it's a really good thing and really nice and we got lot of support in the town to,” says Rotzinger.
Chizek says they will start planning tomorrow for next year’s event in efforts to keep the tradition going.
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