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"Together We Dine" Honors MLK Jr.

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Hundreds from all over Chemung County flocked to the Ernie Davis Community Center on Monday, for the 20th Annual "Together We Dine" lunch. The event is put on by the Economic Opportunity Program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Guests and volunteers came together as a community to enjoy a meal and remember the ideologies Dr. King stood for.

"If you believe in something, you've got to stand up for it, there's always a cost," His Tabernacle Pastor Michael Spencer said. "The cost could be even your life, but do you really believe it, and that's the bottom line."

"Well for Empower one of the biggest things about us is working with groups that may be overlooked," Regional Business Development Manager at Empower Credit Union Kurt Bartenstein said. "So it's bringing everyone together everybody on an even playing field and all working together to get Elmira to where we want it to be."

EOP officials estimate 800-1,000 people were served on Monday, both at the center and elsewhere.

"The fact that they don't forget the sick and shut in, that's a big thing," Omega Chapter #2 Past Matron Denise Whitty said. "Because there are, like we said earlier, those of them that can get out but there are those of them that can't, and they make sure that the whole community is involved."

Community involvement is something Lewis hopes continues long after MLK day.

"People just want to help and that's what we do here in the City of Elmira and really in Chemung County, people give," she said. "People are still generous and people still want to be a part of something positive."

For more information on how to get involved visit the EOP's website.

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