Conference center, IIKA provide 100 meals to senior citizens center

Pictured are project manager at MCCCC Matt Gulick, left, and Kenneth Duke, cook at the center.

Covid-19 outbreak is hitting organizations and businesses. And while those groups suffer losses, they try to positively impact the community.  

The Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center (MCCCC) is one of the local organizations affected by the outbreak. With the main revenue coming from events held at the facility, the center’s operations will inevitably be hurt by cancellations of events. The center’s management is using the opportunity to bring smiles to locals and recently provided food to the Coffee County Senior Citizens Center in Manchester.

Kindness and generosity are overshadowing the negative impact of the situation. One of the groups that canceled its event set to be held at the conference center is the International Isshin-ryu Karate Association (IIKA).

“The tournament rescheduled, but because they had to cancel just a day before the event the food had already been prepared and couldn’t be saved, so the MCCCC made the decision to donate it,” said Zach Lowry, member of the Public Building Authority, the board operating the center.

IIKA covered all expenses and will pay for more food when they return, said Lowry.

“A delivery was made to the Coffee County Senior Citizens center on behalf of an event that paid but was unable to keep their booking due to the virus and travel concerns,” said Rebecca French, general manager of the conference center. “The senior center received over 100 meals of chicken and vegetables.

“We have experienced a significant change in cancellations and bookings like everyone in the hospitality industry due to health concerns the region currently faces and appreciate being able to share a positive experience during this time.”

The International Isshin-ryu Karate Association was established in 1975 as the premier Martial Arts Event in the nation, according to the organization’s website.