By MIKE HUGHES, Times Leader Staff Writer
BELLAIRE— Cindy Elza’s persistence finally paid off.
Elza, the manager of the Carnes Senior Apartments in Bellaire, entered a contest through a local radio station to win a catered lunch.
Without fail, Elza would fax her entry with the company’s letterhead and await for the Thursday morning drawing.
And without fail, every week another local business would have its name called.
But Elza was determined to win and finally, she and the Carnes Senior Apartments were named the winners of a catered meal from Undo’s West in St. Clairsville.
Elza had a predicament though.
The contest provides food for employees of the winner’s business.
‘‘The lunch was only going to end up being for a couple of people, so I asked Jim (Conner) if we could include the residents.’’
Elza noted there are 26 units at the Carnes Seniors Apartments and she’d hate to be sitting in the common room, munching on Undo’s catering while the residents of the facility wandered by.
Conner agreed to her proposal so on Wednesday, June 2, Undo’s showed up with a buffet-style setup with more than enough food for Elza, maintenance man Frank Shepherd and the residents of Carnes.
The menu consisted of pasta, meatballs, salad and break.
‘‘The Anwar Eye Center in Moundsville chipped in and donated a delicious carrot cake for our dessert,’’ Elza added.
In a return act of charity, Elza said the residents, along with herself and Shepherd took up donations to give to Conner that would be donated to Easter Seals.
Bellaire mayor Vince DeFabrizio stopped by during the luncheon to talk to the residents about the activities inthe village park for All-American Days.
Elza wanted to thank Conner, Undo’s and Anwar for their donations, citing they went above and beyond.
She also thanked residents Louise Barrett, Beatrice Muklewicz, Nancy Geoghan and Joanne Ney who assisted the other residents during the luncheon.
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Residents from the Carnes Senior Apartments pose following the luncheon they won after manager Cindy Elza won a radio call-in contest for a catered meal. Front row, from left, are Cindy Elza, Lena Zatezalo, Jackie Crooks, Lou Barrett and Marie Andriano. Back row, Joann Ney, Ora Jean Lushbaugh, Frank Shepherd, Nancy Geoghan, Anna Marie Davis, Salley Kinney, Dorothy Snedeger, Lou Muklewicz and Don Hartline.