Douglas residents showed their support for the House of Hope by attending the Progressive Dinner that was held at Church Square on Friday, Jan. 31.
Jacque Phagan, who helped organize the event, said 292 tickets were sold at $12 per ticket. The feast was sponsored by the Douglas Ministerial Association (DMA) and, as in previous years, members of each church came together to donate, prepare and serve each course of the Progressive Dinner. The First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church, the Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Luke’s and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s and the Douglas Tabernacle Church, all helped out with the event, either providing food, selling advance tickets or, delivering take-out orders. The House of Hope provided the potatoes that were served.
The dinner began with bread and soup options served at the First Baptist Church, salad was served at the First Presbyterian Church, prime rib at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and dessert at the Methodist Church.
Tommy Zamora, owner of Mi Ranchito, who has donated the meat the last 10-years, said 210-pounds of prime rib was cooked Friday, going into the oven at 9:30 a.m. and being pulled out six hours later.
“This is pure beef,” Douglas resident Susan Krentz said after getting her plate.
Zamora said he chose to get involved after getting a tour of the House of Hope and is happy to be able to do it.
“It’s for a good cause,” he said. Assisting him this year was his brother, Bobby, and sister, Yolanda.
This was Kalani Alvarez’ fifth year volunteering. He said he first got involved when a friend asked him to help out one year.
“After that I was hooked,” he said. “It’s been awesome. I love doing stuff like this and giving back.”
Volunteers, who were brought in Friday to help with the dinner, scurried about, trying to get everyone served who showed up to their churches.
“I thought it went really well,” Phagan said after the event. “We had just eight tickets turned back in of the 300 that were made. The First Baptist Church sold the most.”
Phagan said the event began over 20 years ago as a spaghetti dinner and then somewhere, switched to prime rib before she became involved in 2006.
“We are really appreciative of Mi Ranchito donating the meat,” she said.
For the third straight year, the Simmons Family Band provided musical entertainment at St. Stephen’s.
Phagan said as the Progressive Dinner goes on in years, it’s getting harder and harder to put on.
“The churches are getting smaller and the younger people are not participating as much as some of the older people,” she said. “It gets harder and harder every year for the people that are involved in it. But we got through it and I was pleased with how everything went.”