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Sweetest Couple Contest Winners at Sweetheart Dinner/Dance at Garden Grove Elks Lodge

by: Pierino “Zap” Zappella
Posted: February 10, 2020


Winnie and Dave Coombs,Garden Grove Elks Lodge “Sweetest Couple”


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Garden Grove Elks Lodge “Sweetest Couple” contest winners at the Sweetheart Dinner/Dance are “Winnie and Dave Coombs”. Dave was a past Chairman of the Trustees Board of the Lodge. Competing against eight other couples the winning clincher was Dave’s answer to the question “Which celebrity would you both want to be on a deserted island with?”. 

His answer “Just with my wife”.Smart Husband. They first met in June 1964 in Winnie’s living room while his girlfriend “Barbie” was waiting outside in his car. Dave kept asking Winnie out but she said no. Persistence paid off and she finally agreed. They dated for 31 consecutive nights.  So smitten was he that he proposed in December 1964. Their wedding was on DECEMBER 13th 1966. They have been happily married now for 54 years.


Love may have been in the air but members grazed on Prime Rib, Salmon, or Chicken with all the extras. Dinner included a special salad with strawberries and a baked potato. Dessert was a birthday cake and ice cream. Quite filling


Members then took to the dance floor to work off that wonderful dinner and dessert



Singing love songs and a variety of contemporary and country songs the evening was complete with Terry Brent (also an Elk member) provided the entertainment and even plays the guitar


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