Horseshoe tournament raises money for senior center

Xavier Smith • Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The Mt. Juliet Senior Center held its annual horseshoe tournament and fundraiser lunch Wednesday to help raise funds for the center’s future.

Jay Stoffer and Tony Estrada took home first place in the tournament, while Ronnie Marshall and Dwight Spurlock finished second. The doubles tournament included four teams and featured a demonstration from eight-time world champion Joan Elmore and Woody Story.

The center also held a cookout in conjunction with the tournament. The meal – hot dog or hamburger, cookie and drink – was $7, and to-go orders were also available.

 Tanya Graham, Mt. Juliet Senior Center director, said the cookout was a success with several businesses and groups taking advantage of the to-go option.

Elmore will look to repeat her run as the best horseshoe player in the world as she travels to Clarksville this weekend for the state singles tournament. Elmore said she would bring her A-game for the tournament since the second- and third-place finishers in the last world tournament also hail from the state.

The Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center is also gearing up for its annual spaghetti fundraiser that will take place Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 and available at the center at 2034 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

The center is also still taking donations for its new building. Last year, the group met with Darrell Crawford, who donated land for a bigger senior center facility. The group had an initial date of June 17, 2017 to raise the money. The property is south of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, near the current facility. The group plans to build an 18,777-square-foot building on the property.

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