The Annual Senior Barbeque has been a tradition of Mayor Gary Christenson since he has been in office. Christenson stated that this annual event is “an opportunity for [them] to give back to [the seniors of Malden],” and also “offer them a fun time to spend with their friends.”
During the Annual Senior Barbeque, all the attendees were given one ticket that was entered in a raffle. The winner is always picked at random and one of the prizes of the raffle was winning lunch with the mayor.
Every year the mayor allows the winner to choose the restaurant they have lunch at. This year’s winner, Bao Cai Win, chose to have lunch at Yong Yong, a Chinese cuisine restaurant, in Malden.
Christenson values his connection and relationship with the seniors of Malden. He believes that hosting these kinds of events provides him “the opportunity to [...] hear about their issues and concerns,” but more importantly “learn from the experiences they share with [him].”