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Meals on Wheels Board Reimburses City of LO – June 5, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of Lake Oswego residents and businesses, the LO Meals on Wheels Advisory Board presented a check to the City of Lake Oswego at the Tuesday, June 5, 2018, City Council meeting. The payment covered the net deficit incurred by the City of Lake Oswego’s funding of the Meals on Wheels program for 2017.

Meals On Wheels Board Members
Meals On Wheels Board Members

Lake Oswego is one of only a few cities to have its own Meals on Wheels program and is funded from the city’s general fund. The LO Meals on Wheels all-volunteer Advisory Board then holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year in order to reimburse the city. Since costs are increasing regularly and no resident is denied service due to inability to pay, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels relies heavily on donations to keep the highly successful program thriving. This year the Advisory Board presented a check of $53,185 to the city.

Thank You LO Academy of Dance…

Sunday June 3, 2018, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was very fortunate to partner for the sixth year with The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance (LOAD) to raise funds to help provide meals for seniors and disabled Lake Oswego residents.

The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance held a performance at the LO Adult Community Center, where their talented young students performed modern, tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Admission to the recital and proceeds from raffle tickets raised nearly $5,600 for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels. 

The Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Board is grateful to all who attended and for an outpouring of valuable donations from local businesses and individuals that helped create the beautiful gift baskets used as raffle prizes.

The very talented LOAD staff, headed by Beckie Ware, directed beautifully choreographed and costumed shows which comprised the hourly recitals highlighting the talents of these young dancers.

 
LO Organizations Raise $30,000 for October Meals on Wheels Month

When October, 2017, was officially proclaimed the city’s first “Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Month”, dozens of community businesses and organizations wasted no time “throwing their hat in the ring”.

While many made generous donations directly to the program, others created customized promotions.

Some restaurants matched patron donations, and others contributed a percentage of a day’s proceeds. Stores accepted donations at checkout from their generous customers, while other businesses and organizations held special fundraising events.

Lynn Brokaw, LOMOW Board Member, was chair of this successful October promotion and worked with the businesses to keep everything running smoothly. He already has ideas in the works for next October when the goal is to raise $50,000 for the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program.

Below are the names of all LO organizations that participated in this year’s October Meals on Wheels Month. To participate in next year’s program, contact:

Lynn Brokaw: 503-481-3453, babkok@comcast.net

Mountain Park New Seasons Market
Shoppers Boost Annual Donations by 21 Percent

Now an annual event during the month of October, Mountain Park New Seasons Market shoppers were given the opportunity to donate to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels as they checked out. And their record-breaking generosity yielded over $9700 for our local meals program.

Frank, Dale, & Jacki

Volunteers were located at each of the store entrances greeting customers, distributing LO Meals on Wheels information cards, and explaining the program. Over 35  volunteers included Meals on Wheels Board members, friends, and family; MOW drivers; LO Adult Community Center staff; City Council members; LO Rotary Club members; and LO Park and Rec employees. 

Jim and Judy
Jim and Judy

One-hundred percent of the funds donated go directly to support the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels home-delivered and dine-in meals for senior, disabled, and  home-bound residents of Lake Oswego.

Special thanks go out to Cece Harris, New Seasons’ Community Outreach Coordinator for handling this event along with Malcolm Mathes, Meals on Wheels board member and event chair, the enthusiastic store managers and staff at New Seasons, and the many volunteer greeters.

 

Luscher Farms Subaru commercial shoot generates a big donation for LO Meals on Wheels Month

While recently shooting a Subaru commercial at Lake Oswego’s picturesque Luscher Farm, Tyler Gourley Photography  of Salt Lake City decided to donate $2,500 to LO Meals on Wheels.

It seems the award-winning commercial photography firm caught sight of the signage on our LO Meals on Wheels Adopt A Plot area that grows food for our program.  Best of all, the surprise donation came just in time for October Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels month.

As you may recall, Subaru ran national ads supporting Meals on Wheels America- the national Meals on Wheels organization. Thus, we are honored that Tyler Gourley Photography thought so highly of our local program which serves 18,000 meals annually to seniors, disabled, and home-bound Lake Oswego residents.

 

Participating Lake Oswego Merchants Participating in

2017 Meals on Wheels Month-October

The Lake Oswego Meals Program is fortunate to Business Partners, Individuals and Foundations that support out program. We wish to give a special salute to the
Hart Family Foundation for their generous gift of $2,000. We thank you.

There two restaurants who have pledged matching donations up to $5,000 each. They are Gubanc’s and Babica Hen Cafe.  Please give them a visit–Great community Partners

Below are Other Lake Oswego Merchants Participating in Meals on Wheels Month.

Click Name for link to Websites

Jefe Mexican Restaurant Flying Pie Pizza, Mt Park Hop N Cork 
Mt Park Market Hasson Company Realtors Finance of America, Mortgages
Oswego Grill Directors Mortgage Lake Oswego Living Magazine
Chocolates By Bernard  Rochelle Yukich-Premiere Properties   Deno’s Pizza
Lake Oswego Review  Palisades Market Nicoletta’s Table
     

Thank You Lake Oswego Oliphant Hoover Community Charities

Thanks to the success of The 4th Annual Oliphant Golf Tournament, a generous donation of $4,000 was given to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels in memory of Doug Oliphant.

The event, which was held on June 30, 2017, at the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course, is named after Doug Oliphant who dedicated his life to community service in Lake Oswego. Doug was a direct descendant of John Course Trullinger who purchased the original town site of Oswego. See www.theoliphant.org for more information.

Thanks also go out to the nearly 100 golfers, consisting of LO residents and employees of many local businesses, who participated in the tournament and the major golf equipment manufacturers who demonstrated their latest gear.

 

 Beer, Brats, & Bingo – a Sold-Out Success

Sold out again this year, our annual Beer, Brats, & Bingo fundraiser raised a record-breaking $5,000 for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels.

Held at the LO Adult Community Center, the event featured a brats dinner along with wine and artisan beers. Lucky winners received gift certificates to Lake Oswego restaurants and retail stores. And a grand prize winner took home a beautiful gift basket filled with products from local Lake Oswego shops.

A special thanks goes to the dozens of volunteer servers, bartenders, bingo callers, set-up/take-down helpers and others which included LO Adult Community Center employees, LO Meals on Wheels Advisory Board members, family, and friends.

Everyone is looking forward to Beer, Brats, and Bingo 2018!

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS

Thank You LO Academy of Dance…

Sunday June 6, 2017, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was very fortunate to partner for the fifth year with The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance (LOAD) to raise funds to help provide meals for seniors and disabled Lake Oswego residents.

The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance held a recital at the LO Adult Community Center, where their talented young students performed modern, tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Admission to the recital and proceeds from raffle tickets raised nearly  $5,800 for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels.

The Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Board is grateful to all who attended and for an outpouring of valuable donations from local businesses and individuals that helped create the beautiful gift baskets used as raffle prizes.

Thanks go out to Baird’s on B, Chuck’s, Country Square, NoHo’s Hawaiian Café, Tucci, Lynn Brokaw, Darrell Mathes, Hasson Realty, OnPoint Credit Union, Director’s Mortgage, Sotheby’s Realty, Palisades Market, Starbuck’s, Peet’s, Nicoletta’s Table, Lake Oswego Ace Hardware, Nancy Jones, Judy Hathaway, Harnish Properties, New Seasons Mountain Park, Lakewood Theatre, Zupan’s Market, The Springs at Carman Oaks, Malcolm Mathes, Anthony Edwards, and Image Media.

The very talented LOAD staff, headed by Beckie Ware, directed beautifully choreographed and costumed shows which comprised the hourly recitals highlighting the talents of these young dancers.

 

Meals Board Reimburses the City– June 6, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Lake Oswego residents and businesses, the LO Meals on Wheels Advisory Board presented a check to the city at the Tuesday, June 6, 2017, City Council meeting. The payment covered the net deficit incurred by the City of Lake Oswego’s funding of the Meals on Wheels program for 2016.

Lake Oswego is one of only a few cities to have its own Meals on Wheels program and is funded from the city’s general  fund. The LO Meals on Wheels all-volunteer Advisory Board then holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year in order to reimburse the city. Since costs are increasing regularly and no resident is denied service due to inability to pay, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels relies heavily on donations to keep the highly successful program thriving. This year the Advisory Board presented a check of $68,000 to the city.

 

New Seasons Reaches Out Again  
New Seasons

Recently the Mt. Park New Seasons store provided a study tour of both the Produce and Prepared Food Departments. Their Japanese guest was Japan Keiei Consultant Company Associates. The firm made a donation of $500 to the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program. This donation will provide meals for 125 meals clients in the Lake Oswego area.

We thank you Mr. Toshiko and Cece our wonderful friend at New Seasons.

 

 

 

4th Annual Oliphant Golf Tournament Supports LO Meals on Wheels 

 

NEWCOMERS WELCOME MAKES RECORD DONATION TO LAKE OSWEGO MEALS ON WHEELS

Thursday, June 9th, the new Presdient of the Newcomers Welcome Group of Lake Oswego, West Linn and Surrounding Areas made the largest single donation from a community group ever received by the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program.  Stevie Serleth, the new Presidnet of the group, is shown presenting a check for $13,860 to LOMOW Chair Frank Bridwell, along with LOACC Center Manager Ann Adrian.  The total donation, combined with other fundraisers including the highly successful “Love Boat” Auction came to over $16,000 total.  Heartfelt thank you to this dynamic group, and kudos to past president Dena Rathgeber for all her hard work.

The Lake Oswego Newcomers Welcome Club has selected the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program to benefit from their fund raising activities during the 2015-2016 year. WE Thank you. Below is information about their club. Also Newcomers is hosting a Dinner, Dance, and Auction on Saturday April 30th.
The Newcomers Welcome Club is a social and philanthropic organization based in the Portland metropolitan area. Established over 50 years ago, we have an active membership of over 200. Originally affiliated with the International Welcome Wagon, a few years ago NWC became its own entity. Our purpose is to provide a support network to ease the transition for newcomers moving into the area as well as returning and native Oregonians. We offer over thirty activity groups such as area excursions, wine tasting, Bridge, gardening, Yoga, Bunco, knitting, dinner groups etc. which provide wonderful opportunities to develop new friendships and lasting relationships. In an effort to give back to the community, we also help fund selected non-profit organizations. The organization for 2015-16 is the Meals on Wheels provided by the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

 

More than 20,000 meals are served annually out of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center to senior and disabled citizens in Lake Oswego, with nearly 75% being delivered directly to the home-bound by caring volunteers through the Lake Oswego Meals On Wheels program. As well as delivering nutritious food, these volunteers provide a vital link to the outside world for the people to whom they deliver meals. Although there is a suggested donation of $4.00 per meal (which only partly covers the cost of a meal), no one is ever turned away for inability to donate. In fact, approximately 25% of those receiving meals are unable to donate even $4.00. Fundraising is necessary to cover the program’s annual operating deficit.

Another local organization who has supported our Meals program is the Oswego Garden Club. 

The Oswego Garden Club has been in existence since 1941, actively participating in promoting civic beauty and supporting programs for the protection and appreciation of native flora in our community.

Each year in December the Garden Club selects a Holiday Philanthropy recipient. Annually we plant the Lakewood Center planter boxes in preparation for the Festival of Arts. In addition, we design two holiday wreaths and donate them to the Lakewood In Lights holiday fundraiser for the Theatre. We have created a program entitled “Flowers for Others”. Monthly we arrange flower bouquets to be delivered to care facilities, and individuals needing to be recognized due to illness or loss. In November, we delivered 47 arrangements to Greenridge Estates. We have delivered arrangements to the Adult Center as well. We also annually “redress” the scarecrows at Luscher Farm. Recently we took on a new project adopting a plot at the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery to maintain.

Another big THANK YOU to the Lake Oswego Rotary for their generous donation to the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program. The Rotary hosts an annual crab feed, attended by over 650 people, to raise money for many community programs. This year, again, they donated over $8,900 to the Meals Program. This is truly a blessing for the our program. Malcolm Mathes, a board member and Rotarian, was presented a check for the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program at a recent Rotarian meeting.

Meals on Wheels Check Presentation2 R1
Malcolm Mathes at Rotary meeting