It's a tradition that started longer ago than anyone remembers for sure, but according to the Agrium employees that were serving up last weeks Turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Kenai Senior Center last week, it's been at least a couple of decades. John Averill of Agrium loves the special day and said he'd been personally working in the serving line since 1990, "We look forward to this every year. It's a great time to say thanks to people who helped to make this community such a nice place to live and it gives us a chance to give back to those who have given so much to us," said Averill.
Averill was joined by Patti Weaver, the event organizer, and a crew of more than 20 other volunteer Agrium employees who happily served more than 150 pre-Thanksgiving dinners. "This is one time of the year that everyone comes for lunch because they know that Agrium really puts on a fantastic dinner," said Eileen Mills, a resident at the Kenai Center. Eileen's friend Mamie was happy to not be spending the day in the kitchen, and Don Roderick, of North Kenai, added that the Kenai Senior Center was the Cadillac of Peninsula Senior Centers, "It's a beautiful place to come even if you don't eat," said Roderick.
"This is really a wonderful thing that Agrium does for us, and most of the people I know and have worked with over the years are really pulling for Agrium to stay here and stay prosperous because they are such a wonderful part of the community," said John Douglas, retired Shell Oil executive, and pioneer of the oil & gas industry in the Cook Inlet.
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