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Simons Annual Holiday Gala Brings Community Together

Simons Mortuary, long a pillar of the community for over 61 years, recently hosted its 25th Annual Holiday Gala on Sunday, December 3rd at the Peoria Civic Center. The annual affair is a free community event offering musical entertainment, food, and fellowship. Simons, com­mitted to helping people cope through the most difficult and challenging times began this time-honored tradition of holiday spirit and fellowship twenty-five years ago as grief support for individ­uals and families experiencing the loss of loved ones during the holidays. The Annual Gala has since served as a beacon of hope for many in the Peoria commu­nity. Nearly four hundred people attended this year’s event featuring Liv Warfield, a Peoria native known for her alternative R&B Soul-Style and also for performing with Prince in the New Power Generation. Joining Ms. Warfield was singer Saeeda Wright, who was also a member of Prince’s New Power Generation. Juanita Williams, a guest in the audience, was invited to join the ladies in song.

Pictured l to r: Mr. Owen Warfield, Mrs. Bessie Warfield, James Gilkesson, Florence Gilkesson, Cynthia Gilkesson, Liv Warfield, Saeeda Wright and Darlene Nance-Sykes