On Saturday, nearly 100 community members attended the Cassville Senior Center's annual Miles for Meals fundraiser, which collected $3,163.45 for the local meals program.
"We thought we did really well," said Pam Klepper, assistant administrator. "We will use the money to purchase extras for our meals, like fruit and other items that the grant funding does not cover."
The Cassville Senior Center provides thousands of meals for area seniors each year. In addition to serving meals at the center in Cassville, the program delivers hundreds of meals to homebound seniors across the county each month.
"This event is important to the senior center because it helps raise funds to help our meals program and to help keep the kitchen equipment up," said Linda Parker, senior center administrator.
According to Parker, the meals program's costs have risen around 33 percent compared to operation costs in 2011. Over the last year, the center prepared and distributed around 62,000 meals.
On Saturday night, senior center supporters enjoyed a Back to the 50s celebration with music by tribute artist Ken Roberts, from Raleigh, who offered an Elvis impersonation. Attendees enjoyed grilled steak and chicken dinners for a donation.
Other entertainment included an auction, featuring pies, baskets and other donated items, and a cruise-in sponsored by the Cassville Cruisers Car Club.
"The Cassville Cruisers had around eight or 10 cars at the event," said Klepper. "We would like to give them a big thank you for taking part in the event."
Community members who were unable to attend the Miles For Meals fundraiser can still contribute to the meals program. A $25 donation will feed a senior for a week, and a $100 donation will feed a senior for a month, said Parker. All donations are tax deductible. The Cassville Senior Center is classified as a 501c public charity.
Donations can be submitted at the senior center, which is located at 1111 Fair St. in Cassville or mailed to: Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair St., Cassville MO 65625. Donors should indicate contributions are for the meals program on their checks.
"We also always need drivers for our meal routes," said Klepper, "and we always have opportunities to help at the center in the kitchen, by rolling silverware or by answering the telephone. We can always use volunteers. Everyday."
For more information about the Cassville Senior Center meals program, call 847-4510.