Pentwater Service Club names Persons of the Year.

August 28, 2019

Pentwater Service Club names Persons of the Year.

PENTWATER – The Pentwater Service Club recently named Richard and Karen St. Denis the 2019 Pentwater Persons of the Year

The St. Denises won the coveted award for their work on the Pentwater Community Dinner, which they began together in 2010 to provide a place for Pentwater area residents to enjoy a sit-down dinner with friends and family members every Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m., September through May.

Approximately 70,000 people have enjoyed a delicious dinner at Centenary United Methodist Church, where local volunteers prepare and serve a meal that includes salad, entrée, homemade dessert and a beverage of their choice.

“It was always our goal to create a venue where neighbors and friends could meet to enjoy each other and a great meal,” said Karen. “It’s an event where people meet each other to find out what’s new and to ask how each other is doing,” said Richard. “We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and everyday victories. Many people have attended the event since its inception.”

Both Richard and Karen acknowledged the role of volunteers. “Cooking and serving 150 people takes a lot of volunteers,” said Karen. “This event simply could not have experienced success for so long without the cadre of cooks, servers, dish washers and meal planners. Without volunteers there would be no community dinner.”

The Pentwater Service Club began the Person of the Year Award in 1973 to acknowledge extraordinary volunteerism that significantly contributes to the quality of life for the people of the Pentwater area. The St. Denises become the 47th and 48th honorees to receive the award, now in its 47th year.

The PSC is an organization of volunteers that strives through its many projects to improve the quality of life for the people of the Pentwater area. Those interested in the PSC should visit the club’s website at or its Facebook page at

Interested persons can also attend one of the club’s meetings, which are held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Pentwater School Library, September through May of each year.

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