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Celebration Makes Gift to Senior Citizens Center



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration recently donated a framed print to the Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center and their new facility.

The print, entitled “The Heritage,” was presented to Director Sonia Miller by Celebration CEO Ron Thomas and Celebration Association member Eugene Ray, who also serves on the Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors.

The print depicts scenes from the early days of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, including The Walking Horse Hotel, the Wartrace, TN “wellhouse”, 1939 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Strolling Jim and owner/rider Floyd Carothers, among others.

“This is a very appropriate piece of art for our center,” said Miller. “We appreciate The Celebration thinking about our seniors.” The Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center moved into its new, more comfortable location on J.G. Helton Drive in August 2003.

“We are so happy to be in our new building,” added Miller. “Most of the necessary items are in place, but this type of decorative piece gives the building a much more ‘homey’ feel for our seniors. The horse show has been an important part of the lives of just about all our members. We’re tickled to get it.”

“The new building was necessary for the center to keep growing and providing services to these fine people who blazed the trail for all of us,” said Ray. “I feel honored to represent both organizations and be part of this presentation.” Ray joined Miller by voicing his gratitude to The Celebration. “The Celebration, its board and staff have always been wonderful citizens of our community. This is just another perfect example of them giving something back.”

The Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center currently has over 500 members and provides services to approximately 90-100 seniors each day.

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