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Pre-Independence Day Event

Media Contact:  
Ed Barney, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation Department
(650) 991-8006
Sue Horst, Supervisor, Daly City Senior Services (650) 991-8014

Daly City - For nearly two decades great food and lively entertainment, in a country-like picnic setting, have attracted many Pre-Independence Day fun-seekers to Daly City’s Westlake Park, located at 101 Lake Merced Boulevard. Starting at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 1st, this popular, pre-holiday event will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

“Daly City may not have a fireworks display to celebrate our nation’s birthday, but our Pre-Independence Day gathering is one grand picnic that has always drawn the hometown crowd,” Mayor Sal Torres lauded. “This year, as we revel at this 20-year tradition, we take great pride in our community – one that remains strong and resilient amidst the challenges we face today,” he added.

During the opening program, four recently retired members of the Supporters of Doelger Senior Center Inc., a five-member adhoc committee, will also be honored. The honorees are President Emeritus Ed King and Past Presidents William Crocker, Al Belotz and Michael Wyman. In all, the four served the Daly City senior community a total of 74 years.
“Milestones often show us how far we have come along, and helping us commemorate our achievements are this year’s honorees,” commented Michael Pacelli, current president of the Supporters of Doelger Senior Center.

Sue Horst, supervisor of Daly City’s Senior Services Center, said this year’s festivities will have a bit of nostalgic flavor. “A whiff of the BBQ hamburger or the jerk chicken jambalaya will quickly make attendees remember why, year after year, they keep coming back for more,” she wittingly noted.

Music lovers are expected to enjoy this year’s entertainment variety as well. Key performers who are poised to wow residents and their families this Thursday include the Ukelele players, Chinese Opera, Country Western Line Dance, Singer DCPD Officer Doug Wilson, and accordionist Walter Travero.

Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Back by popular demand, a lunch plate still costs only $5. The menu highlights yesteryear favorites: a choice between hamburger or hot dog, potato salad, baked beans, apple pie and beverage, or jerk chicken with jambalaya, apple pie and beverage. An assortment of chocolates and baked goods will sure to delight the pre-holiday goers.

A high stakes bingo, with a $100 top prize, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Judges for the bake-off contest will select a $50 winner in the afternoon.
For added convenience, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will provide limited bus service, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at four sites: Serramonte Center (near Marie Callender’s Restaurant), St. Andrew’s Church (Sullivan and Southgate), and Lincoln Community Center (Acton and Brunswick).

Proceeds from the Pre-Independence Day celebration help fund the Doelger Senior Center, which provides comprehensive services and programs to Daly City’s growing senior adult community.

For more information about the event, call the Doelger Senior Center at (650) 991-8012.