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Young at Heart Fundraiser Tickets Go On Sale
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008

Tickets are now available for the Young at Heart Fundraiser to be held on the evening of Saturday, August 9th. In its tenth year, the annual event is sponsored by the Site Council of the Mason Senior Center, to benefit various programs at the local center. Tickets are $10.00 when purchased in advance, with a limited number available at the door for $15.00 each. Business tables are still available, as well. Each ticket provides a delicious barbecue meal and the opportunity to bid on the live auction items as well as the possibility of winning one of the great door prizes!

The event will be held in the air conditioned school lunchroom. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for viewing of the live auction items and door prizes, and the meal will begin serving at 5:30 p.m. with the auction starting before 7:00 p.m.

All money raised is used locally for human need services, including the Meals on Wheels program (see accompanying article). Tickets may be purchased from the following individuals: Don & Gerry Daniel, Alene Garrison, Stanley Grote, Harold Hoerster, Ray & Carol Jordan, Tom & Brenda Koepke, Nancy Kramer, Rosemary Kruckemeyer, Mary McVey, D’Ann Stahl, Danny Smith, Martha Vacek, Ann Scarth, Lisa Kothman, Hope Gomez and Pat Hrdlicka. Tickets are also available at the Chamber of Commerce or the Mason Senior Center.

Plan to attend this fun event and make a difference in the lives of our older community!

The Importance of the Senior Nutrition Program

By Rosemary Kruckemeyer, Site Council President

One of the most important services offered by the Mason Senior Center is the serving five days a week of nutritious noon meals to the elderly, both at the Senior Center and homebound. During the first six months of this program year an average of 1,300 meals were served each month of which 730 meals were delivered by faithful local “Meals on Wheels” volunteers to homebound citizens of Mason.

The meal received by the homebound may be his/her only meal of the day and the volunteer who delivers the meal their only visitor. This visit also provides the opportunity for the volunteer to observe if the homebound person is in need of other assistance and refer the need to the appropriate persons. Without these volunteers, the “Meals on Wheels” program would not exist.

The Federal government partially supports this program. During the same six month period, they provided a portion of the cost for the 557 meals each month. The remainder of the cost for those 557 meals, plus the total cost for the 723 meals not receiving any subsidy must be covered by local funds.

When the Nutrition Program was instituted by the Federal government over forty years ago, it was never their intention to fully fund the program but to partner with local government and the community to support the program.

The City and County of Mason annually support this program; those receiving the meals contribute “as they are able” (no one is denied a meal due to inability to contribute); and the continuing annual short fall is supported through donation by some jurors contributing their fees for services, donations of other benevolent members of the community, a portion of Crop Walk funds, and community support of the annual Young At Heart Fundraiser.

The Senior Center also provides nutrition education, blood pressure checks,assistance with utility bill and other energy crises, weatherization of homes to improve energy efficiency, case management to assist households out of poverty, and Internet Access. Area Agency on Aging comes to the Center monthly to assist with obtaining medical benefits. Donations to Mason Senior Center are tax deductible. Please contact the Center at 347-6242 if you’re in need of assistance or would like to contribute your time, talents or donations. With your help, we can continue to provide this much needed service!

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