Alexandria, VA

COVID-19 has meant the cancellation or postponement of a number of events and services, and Senior Services of Alexandria has finally canceled its most popular event of the year.

The Senior Services of Alexandria gala, which was initially supposed to be held in March, has finally been canceled. The gala usually accommodates hundreds of guests to honor a few select Alexandrians who help the senior community.

“This was a tough decision,” said Mary Lee Anderson, SSA’s executive director. “However, our priority now is to continue to serve the city’s most vulnerable population — our older adults — with programs that are keeping them safe and healthy.”

SSA is now delivering nearly 2,500 meals each week, a large increase from the 900 weekly deliveries in February, according to an SSA release.

SSA Board ChairLaurie Blackburn said that donations from gala sponsors have been appreciated.

“We are very thankful for the generosity of our Gala sponsors and donors for their continued support of SSA during this critical time,” Blackburn said in a statement. “Your donations will allow SSA to continue responding to the increased need for services to the senior population.”

Photo by Elizabeth-Bennett Parker

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