The bids already are coming in on some of the items up for grabs in the March 19 Keep ‘em Rolling fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels in Surry and Yadkin counties.
As of Wednesday, a Carolina Panthers football signed by all of the team’s players was at $200. Other items being auctioned include a basketball signed by Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets, reported Tracey Anderson, nutrition site manager for the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, which is hosting the fundraiser.
The Meals on Wheels program, which includes homebound and congregate clients, has a waiting list of seniors who could use the assistance of the nutritious meals, reported Lisa Martin-Money, director of the senior enrichment program for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. (YVEDDI).
Funding for the Older American’s Act program comes from a number of sources includes the United Fund of Surry, Yadkin County United Fund, the state, Surry County, Yadkin County, private donations and fundraisers, and it is administered by YVEDDI, she explained.
“Every March we do a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels,” said Anderson, noting that each of the senior center sites is hosting some sort of event. “We have three centers in Yadkin County, one in Pilot Mountain and one in Mount Airy. All have the same goal, to provide food to more seniors.”
The Yadkin Valley Senior Center provides meals for 35 homebound seniors who live in both Surry and Yadkin counties, and serves another 15 to 25 each day at the congregate site located in the senior center.
“In our nutrition sites, we also provide programs like nutrition talks or activities like Bingo. We do field trips. We’ve done health screenings in the past. I have someone coming to talk about Parkinson’s disease,” said Anderson, adding exercise classes are offered and a band comes once a month.
“For some people this will be the only nutritious meal they get. For a lot of our clients, our Meals on Wheels driver is the only person they see all day,” she said. “Some of the drivers will stop and have coffee with them.”
Anderson said drivers have gone to deliver food to clients in the past and found them on the floor where they’ve fallen and there is no one to check on them.
“It is also a way to stop and check on our seniors in the community and their welfare. They’ll tell our drivers if they have been having some kind of problem, and the driver will help them when necessary.”
Meals provided for Meals on Wheels are prepared by Golden Corral and delivered to the nutrition site, which then distributes them to the seniors, Anderson explained.
Meals on Wheels in Surry County serves 107 congregate clients and 65 homebound clients, with 145 on the waiting list for home-delivered meals and four waiting for congregate meals. In Yadkin County, 91 congregate clients are served and 72 homebound seniors received meals, with a waiting list of 88 for home-delivered and 21 for congregate.
Brenda Bowers, a Meals on Wheels driver for the Yadkin Valley Senior Center site, has been delivering meals to seniors for five years. As she prepared to head out on her route Wednesday, she said she enjoys her job because “I get to meet all these older people and a lot of times your the only person they see all day.”
Fundraiser details provided
This will be the senior center’s second year offering the Keep ‘em Rolling spaghetti dinner fundraiser, which will include music by Robbie and Betty Vance of Virginia performing big band, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and more, as well as the silent auction, raffle and door prizes.
Spaghetti dinner tickets, which include the music and enter the ticketholder in the door prize drawings for which they must be present to win, are $10. Those with tickets can eat in or get a to-go plate.
The Yadkin Valley Red Hats group will be doing the cooking for the meal, Anderson said, with Foothills Meat Center donating the meat.
The fundraiser has been a team effort. “The seniors at the center have been helping to sell tickets. A number of businesses in the community have given prizes for door prizes. Speedy Chef is providing banana pudding for dessert,” she said. “Jane Surratt, the director of the center, has been getting the word out. We’ve all been working together.”
Raffle prizes include a couch donated by Cornerstone Interiors of High Point as grand prize, a quilt donated by the Foothills Quilters Guild as second prize and an afghan donated by the Yadkin Valley Prayer Shawl group as third prize. Tickets for the raffle are available for $1 each or six for $5.
Silent auction items, in addition to the Panthers football and signed basketball, include four Tweetsie Railroad tickets, four North Carolina Symphony tickets, four tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, tickets to a Winston-Salem Dash game, a free night at the Fairfield Inn in Elkin, jewelry, perfume and prints of artwork.
Anderson said donations of door prizes and auction items are still being accepted, and those wishing to go ahead and put in bids for the silent auction can do so by calling the senior center at 336-526-1087. Tickets for the dinner and raffle also can be purchased by calling or visiting the center.
“The auction will close around 7 p.m., the dinner begins at 5 p.m.,” she said.
Other area fundraisers will include:
• March 18, 5 p.m., spaghetti supper at Pilot Mountain nutrition site in Armfield Civic Center. Cost is $5 minimum contribution, with entertainment provided. For more information, call Barbara Jessup at 336-368-0175.
• March 19, 5 p.m., chicken pie supper at East Bend Senior Center. Cost is $10 and includes entertainment and auction. For more information, call Shelby Johnson at 336-699-5100.
• March 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hot dog luncheon at Yadkin County Senior Center in Yadkinville. Cost is $5. For more information, call Alan Moxley at 336-679-3596.
• April 2, 8 a.m., Cintas Walking Waggles 5K/10K for Meals on Wheels will be held in Dobson. Register at itsyourrace.com or call Lisa Martin-Money at 336-367-3522 for more information.
• Through June 22, a raffle is being held for 150 pounds of meat from Foothills Meat Center in Jonesville. The poundage includes 12 to 16 ribeye steaks, 25 pounds of ground chuck, two boneless pork loins, 20 pounds boneless chicken breasts, five beef roasts averaging four pounds each, 10 pounds beef stew, 10 pounds cube steak, 20 pounds chicken tenders. Drawing will be held June 23 at the YVEDDI Board of Directors meeting. Tickets can be purchased at Foothills Meat Center, Yadkin Valley Senior Center, Yadkin County Senior Center, East Bend Senior Center, Pilot Mountain Nutrition Site, Mount Airy Nutrition Site and YVEDDI District Office in Boonville. Tickets are $2 each.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.