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Dinner Auction Celebrates

A Diamond Jubilee - March 7th

by Lynne Belluscio

The LeRoy Historical Society will kick off its Diamond Jubilee year with a grand celebration at the LeRoy House on March 7.  Tickets are now available at $40 per person. If you are interested in attending this gala evening, call the office at 768-7433 or contact Anne Fox or Michele Penepento, who are coordinating the event.

A cash bar and appetizers will be served between 5 and 6, followed by dinner. The D&R Depot has graciously agreed to cater the evening and Kent Auctioneers will be providing their services for the live auction. Everyone is encouraged to wear a 1940s tie and to bring a handful of dollar bills that will be used to gather votes. The winner with the most votes, gets to keep their money.

Not only was 1940 the year that the Historical Society ventured out to help preserve the community’s heritage, it was also a year that the LeRoy Rotary Club began serving the community.  The world was at war. Germany was invading Denmark, Belgium and France. Italy entered the war.  Winston Churchill was elected Prime Minister of England and yet there was a sense of normalcy that still prevailed.

It was the year that M&Ms were introduced, as well as York Peppermint Patties. Tiffany’s in New York City became the first fully air-conditioned store.  The first commercial flight with pressurized cabins was made.  Jeep was introduced and plasma became known as a substitute for whole blood. The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois and the first McDonald’s opened in Pasadena, California.      READ MORE

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