Read all about Bloomington Meals on Wheels and their successful year.
Six local Bloomington “celebrities” compete in a dance competition to raise money for a charity of their choice. This was the first time Meals on Wheels had participated in the event. The charity raising the most money wins the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
Pratt and dance partner Matt Brand fox-trotted their way to the finale to raise $14,000 for Meals on Wheels. These funds will go directly to support Meals on Wheels and further our mission of serving those in need in our community.
“I had a lot of fun participating and am pleased that the fundraising we were able to do appears to have been significant,” says Pratt. “I appreciate the vote of confidence that you all placed in me to represent MOW in this effort and feel that it was a “bucket list” opportunity.”
By Lindsey Erdody 812-331-4368 | firstname.lastname@example.org heraldtimesonline.com
It wasn’t the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes, but for Bloomington, it was a significant awards ceremony, filled with acceptance speeches from winners, jokes by presenters, tears shed and standing ovations.
It was the 2014 Bloomington Be More Awards at Buskirk-Chumley Theater Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes dedicated volunteers in the community for their service.
Meals on Wheels volunteer Helen Freeman wasn’t expecting to go home a winner, but her lengthy volunteer resume helped her snag the final category of the night — Be More Dedicated. The award is given to an individual for a lifelong contribution to volunteering. She’s delivered more than 48,000 meals to more than 2,000 clients in more than 25 years of service. At 93 years old, she’s older than most of the elderly she’s visiting.
“She’s active, engaged and clearly younger than her years,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said before presenting the award.
Kathy Romy, director of Meals on Wheels, said Freeman is the most dedicated volunteer she has, covering four different routes, five times per month and offering to pick up extra shifts.
“She’s an exceptional person,” Romy said, mentioning she also sends birthday cards to clients and bakes peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip cookies. “She is the epitome of a loyal volunteer.”
After accepting her shiny glass trophy, Freeman said she was on cloud nine.
“Everybody’s been so good to me. I just love everybody,” Freeman said.
And she’s not stopping now. Romy said she’s scheduled to deliver meals two more days this week.
“I’ve got seven more years to go,” Freeman said. “My grandmother lived to 100.”
Executive Director of the Shalom Community Center Forrest Gilmore told the first parking meter joke of the night, saying he was glad his role was early in the event because he was worried time would expire on his parking meter.
WTIU Station Manager Phil Meyer kept the laughs going before presenting the Be More Creative Award to Janice Clevenger for her dedication to the Monroe County Civic Theater.
“Forrest took all my material,” Meyer said. “I do have a quarter, though, Forrest, if your meter is running low.”
Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County Barry Lessow chose a different comedic route with his opening remarks for the Be More Bloomington Award, which was given to Stone Belt meal delivery volunteers.
“I don’t want to steal the mayor’s thunder, but tonight he’ll be announcing Kruzancare,” Lessow said, which made the crowd chuckle. He said it’s only 25 cents for coverage, and the first three hours are free.
When retired Judge Viola Taliaferro took the stage to present the Be More Engaged Award to Erikka Vaughn and Carl Darnell, she decided to avoid taking a swing at Kruzan, which he appreciated.
“First off, I am not going to say anything that is going to make the mayor angry,” Taliaferro said, as Kruzan stood up and hugged her. “I don’t say that about many people.”
By the time Kruzan was behind the podium for the Be More Dedicated Award, he was feeling the heat from the jokes.
“Welcome to the first annual roast of Mayor Mark Kruzan,” Kruzan said, mentioning it was appropriate the “roastee” went last.
People weren’t the only ones honored at the ceremony. Cody, a therapeutic riding horse for People and Animal Learning Services with more than 10 years of experience, was nominated for the Be More Healthy Award.
“Each year we have some twists and turns, but this is the first year we’ve had a horse nominated,” said Bet Savich, director of the city Volunteer Network.
Cody didn’t win the award, which was disappointing to some audience members.
“This is for humans only,” said Bryan Price, president and CEO of the IU Credit Union, when presenting the award. “Let’s hear it for the horse!”
Bloomington Meals on Wheels is delighted to announce a $19,800 donation from 100+ Women Who Care. At their February meeting, the 100+ Women Who Care selected Bloomington Meals on Wheels as the recipient for their quarterly award. To date, 100+ Women Who Care has contributed $219,200 to different not-for-profits in Monroe County since the group’s founding in November 2011. On Friday March 7, members of this group presented Kathy Romy, Meals on Wheels Executive Director, with 198 checks of $100 apiece.
Bloomington Meals on Wheels Bloomington Meals on Wheels has been serving the Bloomington area for 40 years. Founded in 1973, our program provides nutritious meals to homebound people who are unable to cook for themselves. We ensure that our clients receive two good meals a day delivered by a friendly visitor. Any person who lives in our Bloomington service area is eligible for Meals on Wheels. There is no age or economic restriction.
100+ Women Who Care is open to all women who want to make a difference in Monroe County and agree to contribute $100 at each quarterly meeting. Each member also pays an annual commitment fee of $100 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. For more information about 100+ Women Who Care, visit the website: http:/100pluswwc.wordpress.com, or the Facebook page, 100WomenBloomington, or contact Carol Maloney at email@example.com.
Read all about MOW’s exciting 40th year of service in 2013.
Meals on Wheels Executive Director Kathy Romy spoke to the Bloomington Rotary Club #3430 on Tuesday September 26 during their luncheon meeting. Kathy shared the activities and events of Meals on Wheels during this 40th anniversary year for MOW. Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
The Prep School Academy invited Kathy to speak to the first through fifth-graders on Friday, November 22. The children learned about the mission of Meals on Wheels and how nutritious food is an important aid in good health. The Prep School Academy students made placemats for the MOW clients.
Helen Freeman, longtime MOW volunteer, was recently honored by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the Bloomington community. Helen has served Meals on Wheels clients since her retirement from the US Post Office in 1987. Click here to see a video about Helen and her contributions to the community of Bloomington.
Bloomington Meals on Wheels is celebrating its 40th anniversary year with a gala event at Olivery Winery on Thursday August 15, 7 – 9 pm.
The event will include live music, elegant desserts, fruit, cheese, and delicious Oliver wines.
Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased through the Meals on Wheels office. Call 812-353-2248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come celebrate 40 years of service to the Bloomington community!
The Spring Newsletter from the Local Council of Women dedicates several pages to the 40th Anniversary of Meals on Wheels. Founded in 1973 by members of the Local Council of Women, Meals on Wheels continues to serve the homebound, elderly and most vunerable of Bloomington. Read more here…LCW Spring 2013 Newsletter