Meals on Wheels celebrates Older Americans

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 14, 2018) Meals on Wheels honored seniors, programs and volunteers serving the community during the Older Americans Day celebration at the Rockwall County Library on May 10.

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 and is celebrated nationwide during the month of May each year. MOWSS Executive Director Margie VerHagen said for the past 15 years, Meals on Wheels of Rockwall County has been proud to participate in the tradition honoring senior citizens.

VerHagen said the theme for this year’s celebration – “Engage at Every Age” – emphasizes the idea that one is never too old to make a difference in the community.

“More than ever, seniors are working longer and engaging in their communities,” VerHagen said. “They are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence and advocating for themselves and others. There are so many senior volunteers in Rockwall County, and as the director for Meals on Wheels, I see this every day.”

Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt read a proclamation recognizing May 2018 as Older Americans Month in the City of Rockwall, encouraging every resident to take time during the month to celebrate seniors and the vital roles they play in the community.

Congrats to the following 2018 Older Americans Day honorees:

Sheri Leeuw
Jamie Geans
Jessica Mena
Gary McCallister
Doris Stanley
Betty Price
Barney Jones
Jack Oglivie
Toyota of Rockwall
Lynn Fate
Rest Haven Funeral Home
Deanne Silverstein
Marilyn Field
Bob Pampilonia
Kathleen Pampilonia
Stephen Sharber
Al Aicklen
Lorie Kasper
Annette Foster
Bruce Beaty
Vern Ribera
Charlie Carroll
Carolyn Harber
Doug Bostick and Linda Gay Ward
Dean Nelson
Bennie Daniels
Frances White

Meals on Wheels also announced its 1st Annual MOWSS Havana Nights Gala, held on Saturday, October 20 this year at the white house on SH 205 and John King. The Cuban-themed event will feature fine foods, great drinks and live music by Party Machine, an Emerald City band bringing a unique blend of sight, sound and action. Theme attire is encouraged, and an exciting live and silent auction will cap off the night’s festivities. For ticket and sponsor information visit

Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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