The Senior's Supper has been held in Fort St. John since 1986, as a way to get seniors in the area together for a happy holiday meal and fun night of entertainment. PriceSmart provides $6,000 to $7,000 worth of food, and the Kin Club provides $1,000 for the night's entertainment. Tickets for the night are given away, and no profits are made.
The supper was originally held at the Senior's Hall, but has taken place at the Pomeroy Hotel since 2008, as it is better suited for large gatherings. However, the hotel is under new management, meaning the deal the groups had with the former manager is over, and the Kin Club would have to pay to use a room and would not be able to bring their own food in. A spokesperson for the event says they approached another hall in town, but were also met with costs of up to $2,100, which would bring the night's total cost to over $10,000.
As the possibility of holding a Senior's Supper this year is now dead, the Kin Club and PriceSmart have decided to team up with the Salvation Army, and will be putting the money and food toward its four yearly dinners: Christmas, New Years, Easter and Thanksgiving.