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BENEFIT HELPS NOURISH OPERATIONS AT SENIOR CENTER

Baked honey ham and homemade macaroni and cheese.

Smoked barbecued ribs, sweet potatoes and cornbread.

These were a few of the offerings served at Friday's fund-raising luncheon for 1490 Enterprises on Jefferson Avenue.

From 12:30 to 3 p.m., hundreds of hungry people filed through the buffet line, paying $10 per person to help raise money for the senior citizens center, which lost about $22,000 in Erie County budget funding -- part of $6.5 million in county cuts to human service agencies.

"This is one of the oldest senior centers in the city, so we're just getting together to try to help," said Joan Barnes, activity coordinator at 1490 Enterprises.

That's the reason Florentina Dozier, a Blaine Avenue resident, purchased five tickets to the event. Dozier, 65, has been bringing her 85-year-old mother, Pecola Carbonell, to the senior center here for more than a year. Every day, she drops her off at 11 a.m. and picks her up later in the afternoon.

"After my father died two years ago, I couldn't get her out of the house," Dozier said. "Now she comes every day.

"Whatever we can do to keep this running, whatever we have to do, we'll do it," Dozier said. "Where else would I take her?"

1490 Enterprises, a nonprofit organization serving senior citizens of Buffalo's East Side, serves more than 150 hot lunches each day and provides informational workshops, social programs and recreational activities.

e-mail: dwilliams@buffnews.com

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