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The 4th annual BINGO BLAST, BEER AND BRATS was held at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center on Friday, September 20 to a sold out crowd. The event, which is a fundraiser for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels is also a FUNraiser with a hearty meal of Zenner’s brats, homemade potato salad, sauerkraut and homemade cookies; accompanied by delicious wines from Baldwin’s Bottle Shop and DePonte Cellars as well as icy cold beer donated by Widmer Brewing.

Guests also receive BINGO cards with the modest ticket price of $35.00 and unlimited Polar Sodas (donated by New Season’s Market). Guests can also purchase bottles of wine to share at their tables.

The Bingo games begin right after most folks are finished with dinner. Many of the guests get together with friends or neighbors to share a table which can be reserved in advance for 8 people. The dinners are served by volunteers – this year we had a delightful team of 4 Starbuck’s employees from the Starbuck’s located at the New Season’s Market Place in Mountain Park, who were enthusiastic, energetic and efficient!

This event is run completely by volunteers which include all of  the LOMOW Advisory Board, ACC staff, ACC Chef Sara Schrader and her staff as well as many spouses and friends of board members who support the event with their many talents!

On top of the Bingo games and fabulous prizes from our many sponsors around Lake Oswego, there is also a terrific ‘Heads or Tails’ game, played with Mardi Gras beads which usually involves everyone in the room and also has fabulous prizes!

The proceeds from the Bingo event help support the meals on wheels program in Lake Oswego where 18,000 meals are delivered each year to our residents who are in need of nutritious meals delivered in order to remain independent and at home and residents who have a temporary need of delivered meals as a result of a medical procedure or disability.

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Bingo Blast, Beer and Brats event this year, our many enthusiastic sponsors in Lake Oswego and all of our volunteers. It is our mission to provide this event and many more events during the year to enhance public awareness of the meals on wheels program and provide funds to enable the program to continue.

Thank you for your support

Click on the graphic below to see a slide show of community partners who helped make bingo a success.
 
 

Malcolm Mathes, LOMOW Board Chair, presents$69,616 reimbursement check to LO Mayor Kent Studebaker.

On June 18, 2019, in the City Council chambers, our LOMOW Board presented a check to the City of Lake Oswego to reimburse the net deficit incurred by the City’s funding of the Meals on Wheels program for 2018.

Lake Oswego is one of only a few cities to have its own Meals on Wheels program which 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 for the full amount of the deficit.

As LOMOW Board Chair Malcolm Mathes explained in his remarks, the mission of the volunteer Lake Oswego Meal Network Advisory Board is to support the Lake Oswego Meals program in the following ways:

  • fundraising;
  • program management feedback to the City
  • community outreach efforts designed to promote involvement, awareness, and support.

 
He added that, “People always wonder if there is a need in Lake Oswego for a meals program. The answer is YES. For the last couple of years 45% of our clients paid little to nothing toward their lunches.”

In addition, LO Meals on Wheels provides a hot meal to senior and disabled residents who could not otherwise shop for and prepare one or themselves. Not to mention someone to provide a friendly smile and check on their well being.

LO Academy of Dance Raises $5,657 for LO Meals on Wheels

Sunday May 19, 2019, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was very fortunate to again partner 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 gift-basket raffle tickets raised $5,657 for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels. 

We are truly 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 LOMOW Advisory Board event chair Nancy Jones and her volunteers, as well as to the very talented LOAD staff, headed by Beckie Ware.

Lake Oswego Oliphant Hoover Community Charities support the legacy of Doug Oliphant

The 5th Annual Oliphant Golf Tournament, held on June 29 of this year, is another success story for the legacy of Doug Oliphant.

Nearly 100 golfers, consisting of LO residents and employees of many local businesses, participated in the tournament. Major golf equipment manufacturers were also on hand to demonstrate their latest gear.

The event, which was held 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.

Thank you Lake Oswego Oliphant Hoover Community Charities for your continued support of Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels.

 

Meals on wheels all stars
 
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.

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 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.