COMMERCE - In its 37 year history, Commerce Meals on Wheels has served citizens unable to provide for themselves.
Serving roughly 50 people, the organization’s goal is to prepare a hot lunch three days per week and deliver to their homes. To continue that service, they rely heavily on donations throughout the year, and set aside one day in the fall to hold a silent auction fundraiser, which typically accounts for about half of their budget.
This year’s event is Monday, Oct. 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the A&M-Commerce Rayburn Student Center.
“We are hoping that may we can match what got last year,” said Board member Helon Razniak, which was roughly $11,000 before expenses.
The items come from private donors, who are contacted by members of the Meals on Wheels Board. Board member Janet Peek says this year’s items range from paintings, a barbeque gas grill, an airplane ride and woodcrafts. In addition to the silent auction, there will be a country store, where participants can purchase baked goods, candy and/or crafts.
Tickets to the event are $5, with $1 raffle tickets being sold for a chance to win a $200 grocery voucher. You do not have to be present to win. Door prices will also be awarded for those in attendance.
Peek and Razniak are two of the four auction co-chairs for 2012, along with June Dunn and Kay Webber. The Commerce Meals on Wheels program, officially called People and Services United, Inc., has 17 board members. Their lone cook is Opal Pannell, Luann Huffman serves as board president, and Ann Champion is the coordinator of drivers.