Meals on Wheels of Polk County (MOW) will stage its 11th annual Silent Auction & Dinner fundraiser on Friday, September 21 at Lake Ashton Country Club. The event will feature food by Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden Restaurant, in addition to music by the Brass Heart Band.
Individual tickets and a wide range of sponsorships are now on sale and can be purchased by calling MOW Executive Director Susan Eldridge at 863-299-1616 or sending her an e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Online donations can also be made by visiting the MOW website at <www.mealsonwheelspolk.com>.
In addition to purchasing tickets, individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate items for the silent auction. All proceeds raised by the event will be used by MOW to fulfill its mission of providing nutritious, freshly cooked meals for homebound people in the greater Winter Haven/Haines City area, as well as parts of Lakeland.
“We call on everyone to make a donation to help Meals on Wheels fulfill its mission by purchasing a ticket and/or donating something for bid at the silent auction,” Eldridge said. “Since we receive no government funding, we are completely dependent on the generosity of individuals, businesses, churches, service organizations and volunteers for our survival.”
According to Eldridge, individual tickets are priced at $50 each, with sponsorships ranging from $300 to $5,000. Specific levels of sponsorship, including their cost and what they offer, are as follows:
“Ice Cream in the Park” — $300: reservations for 4 guests, quarter page program ad;
“Picnic in the Park” — $500: table for 8, website listing, half page program ad;
“Can You Dig It” — $1,000: table for 8, website listing, full page program ad, MOW brochure;
“Fourth of July” — $2,500: table for 8, website listing, full page program ad, MOW brochure, logo napkins;
“Saturday in the Park” — $5,000: table for 8, website listing, full page program ad, MOW brochure, sponsor banners at venue & entertainment.
For additional information on this year’s silent auction/dinner and/or to purchase individual tickets and sponsorships, call Susan Eldridge at 299-1616 or send her an e-mail at <email@example.com>. Information is also available on the MOW website accessed at <www.mealsonwheelspolk.com>.
Headquartered at 620 Sixth Street in Winter Haven, MOW Polk County is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that each year prepares and delivers 80,000 meals to homebound people in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Davenport and Lakeland.
On a typical weekday, MOW volunteers visit 350 homes of people mostly over the age of 65 to provide them with nutritious, freshly cooked, hot meals. These MOW volunteers not only deliver meals, but are very often the only people MOW’s clients have an opportunity to interact with on a daily basis.
Meals on Wheels of Polk County welcomes volunteers to serve as drivers, kitchen workers, thrift store clerks, fundraisers and board members. Anyone wishing to become a MOW volunteer or client should call Susan Fitzgibbons at 299-1616. Information also can be obtained by visiting the MOW Web site at www.mealsonwheelspolk.com.