Meals with a Mission will host a casino night fundraiser on Thursday, May 12. This evening of casino games and dinner will raise funds to provide meals for local cancer patients and their families.
Held at the Elks Lodge at 270 W. Broadway, the event will start at 5:00 pm with a cash bar. Dinner, featuring recipes from the Meals with a Mission program, will be served at 6:00 pm. The cost is $20 at the door. All are welcome to attend.
Meals with a Mission provides complimentary, nourishing meals to St. John’s patients who are undergoing treatments for cancer. Meals are made from recipes by the American Cancer Institute and other cancer-specific resources, and they use organic ingredients when possible. Patients select meals from a selection of menu items. Volunteers, including students from Summit High School, prepare the dishes at the Elks Lodge and deliver them each week. The program serves about 40 meals a month.
According to one patient, “Coming home after treatment to these wonderful dinners, especially the ginger cookies, is the highlight of the week.”
Meals with a Mission is supported by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation and the St. John’s Medical Center oncology department.
Joni Upsher, a longtime Wilson resident, founded Meals with a Mission in 2015. Joni was a restaurant owner for 15 years and a culinary teacher at the high school for six years. Her husband Albert died from cancer in 2013. Joni’s love of healthy cooking and her desire to help cancer patients inspired her to start Meals with a Mission.
To RSVP for Casino Night, or make a gift to support Meals with a Mission, please contact Rachel Merrell at 739 7517 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).