For the past six years, local artists have come together for one great cause—to support the remarkable work done by the Meals-on-Wheels program of Senior Services. Day after day, our friends, family and neighbors rely on the meals they bring, and sometimes, it is the only balanced meal they receive. The Art Show and Sale raises much-needed funds to keep the program going.
“Each year, there are hundreds of items available for purchase, with something for everyone—art to match all tastes and all budgets,” said Casie Hammons, Director of Annual Fund and special events for Senior Services. “The artists donate a generous portion of their sales proceeds to provide nutritious meals for the homebound elderly. It’s a win-win.”
Local artists Dell James and Bonnie Dempster started the Art Show and Sale to benefit a cause that would make a difference in the lives of seniors. “With a single purchase, you can take home a wonderful piece of original art and provide meals for frail, older adults in need,” said Hammons. “In the beginning, it was our plan to hold this event every other year. With its success and the ongoing need to increase funding for the Meals-on-Wheels program, it seemed natural to keep it going on an annual basis.”
Hammons is in charge of recruiting artists for the sale and also works with Development Vice President Patty Mead to secure sponsors and invite community members to help as event patrons. “This will be the seventh annual show and sale, and its proceeds, which have continued to grow each year, have provided more than 65,000 hot, nutritious meals for local elderly—many of whom were at risk of malnutrition when they were referred to the Meals-on-Wheels program,” said Hammons. “While the committee that directs the course of the event has stayed pretty constant from year to year—always including founders James and Dempster—each year, we’ve been fortunate to have some very special honorary chairs or co-chairs to lend their support to the cause, and this year is no exception. Lynn and Barry Eisenberg, well known for their appreciation of art, are the honorary chairs for the 2017 show and sale. We were thrilled to learn they had agreed to serve in this very important capacity. Their enthusiasm and support will be nothing short of extraordinary!”
The Meals-on-Wheels program serves around 225,000 meals every year, so every little bit helps. Last year’s sale raised enough money to provide 17,300 meals, and the hope is to continue the tradition! “In addition to generating funds for Meals-on-Wheels through art sales, the Art Show and Sale Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels also raises money through corporate sponsorships,” said Hammons. “Wells Fargo has been the presenting sponsor for the show and sale since 2013, and it is joined by a number of other area companies, as well as individual patrons, who generously contribute.”
The program is no small feat—it takes approximately 1,100 volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to an estimated 1,200 seniors in our area, but Senior Services doesn’t stop there. “Programs under the Senior Services umbrella, in addition to Meals-on-Wheels, are Help Line, Senior Lunch, Home Care, Elder Care Choices, Living-at-Home and the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center,” said Hammons. “Together, these programs offer an array of services designed to enable our community’s elderly to age in place successfully. We hope to maintain the momentum of the Art Show and Sale and increase community support to further assist the Meals-on-Wheels program. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the Meals-on-Wheels waiting list, which currently stands at 38. This event, the only fundraiser we hold for Meals-on-Wheels, has made a significant impact on the program, and we hope to see continued success for years to come.”
The 7th Annual Art Show and Sale Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels is Saturday, March 4th, from 10am–4pm at the Senior Services Center, located at 2895 Shorefair Drive in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336.725.0907, or visit the website at www.seniorservicesinc.org.