Feeding seniors is the goal for Meals For The Elderly, but the nonprofit organization needs funds to make that happen. The first of three major fundraisers for the program is its annual Mardi Gras celebration, now in its 16th year. It will be held at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, from 5:30 pm. to 9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“We serve more than 700 seniors in the Tom Green County.” said Becca Edens, MFTE marketing and event director. “Since we’re not a United Way or supported by a government agency, we have to raise funds to serve our seniors.”
Currently, more than 240 volunteers provide all of the manpower into driving to deliver meals to seniors in San Angelo, Christoval, Carlsbad, Water Valley, Mereta, Orient and Wall. In addition to funding, Edens said the organization can always use more volunteers to assist in serving the senior community.
In order to have meals to deliver, Mardi Gras will add to the coffers to help pay for food and operating costs.
Local restaurants will provide food for the celebration, which will have a “Vegas-style” Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, mah jongg, games, children’s activities, door prizes, a raffle and silent auction. Local jazz bands, including the Icehouse Brass Band, will provide music for the event.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Children 4-18 are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Meals For The Elderly, 310 E. Houston Harte Expressway; Elite Physique, 3109 Knickerbocker Road or 2802 Southwest Blvd.; Happy Trails, 2023 Knickerbocker Road; Heritage Haus Clocks & Fans, 230 S. Chadbourne St.; or online at MealsForTheElderly.org.