The Iron Mike Conference Center (IMCC) held its annual Mother’s Day Brunch, May 12. The event, open to the public, was a way for Families to come celebrate motherhood with an all-you-can-eat buffet, desserts and drinks.

This year, conference center staff handed out roses to mothers as guests were being led to their seats.

“We are handing moms flowers as a ‘thank you,’” said Cynthia Kauth, catering manager.

Once inside, guests were treated to four tables of food, an omelet and meat carving station and an ice cream dispenser.

“We have everything for breakfast, and we also have lunch items,” said Olga Hester, food and beverage director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR).

Salmon was the centerpiece of the lunch menu. This year, eight 20-pound Alaskan salmons were prepared for the event. Hester said the salmon is always enjoyed by guests.

The Mother’s Day Brunch is a large event for the IMCC. Hester said around 850 to 900 guests attended this year’s event, a similar number from last year.

“Every year, this event is very successful, and we look forward to this day,” she said.

Families arrived at the conference center dressed up for the occasion, and mothers were welcomed with choruses of “Happy Mother’s Day,” by conference center staff as they entered the building.

“For years we have had the Sunday brunch for mothers,” Hester said. “It’s the one way we can tell mothers, ‘we appreciate your hard work.’ This specific day, we want to pay special attention to them.”