Rockwall Meals on Wheels’ gala creates brighter world for seniors

‘In Colour’ event brings ray of sunshine and color to local seniors’ doorsteps 

ROCKWALL, TX (Oct. 30, 2022) More than 400 guests filled the ballroom of the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Oct. 22 in support of Meals on Wheels Senior Services. Volunteers worked tirelessly in preparation for MOWSS’ fifth annual gala, employing their creative energies to adorn the lakeside venue with vibrant, visual displays of color at every turn.

The gala drew hundreds of supporters who enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and social hour before the dinner program began. Courtesy photo.
The colorful tablescapes were accented with flowers from Lakeside Florist. Courtesy photo.

“We are so grateful for the Maureen Cook, our Development Director, who – along with her daughter, Amy Lawrence, co-chaired and coordinated this incredibly successful event. Each member of the gala committee poured their heart and soul into making the “In Colour” gala come to life; we cannot thank them enough,” said Margie VerHagen, MOWSS Executive Director.

Maureen Cook, MOWSS Development Director (center, in blue) and daughter Amy Lawrence, co-chair (in pink) and gala committee members. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.
Maureen Cook and Amy Lawrence. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

“It is an honor to work alongside so many dedicated volunteers on this gala committee and I am grateful to each one for their contributions,” added Cook. “Everything we do is for our senior citizens and homebound of Rockwall County.”

Serving as co-title sponsors were Timpa Law Office and Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation. Their generous support enabled MOWSS to extend its programs to reach more seniors and bring more light to their doorstep.

The gala featured several fundraising initiatives, including a live and silent auction, gift from the heart, bubblegum raffle, liquor pull, and gift card pull.

Speed painter Gabino Martinez created this work of art live as one of the auction items, which sold for over $8000. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.
The liquor pull was a favorite among gala-goers. Courtesy photo.
Guests spun the color wheel to win a surprise gift card. Courtesy photo.
Guests were entertained with a performance by Dance & Arts Connection, led by Vicky Staton. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

Ronnie Valk outplayed his adult counterparts in a friendly game of “Heads or Tails”, winning a jackpot of $600. Moments later, the young boy selflessly announced he would donate his winnings back to MOWSS. Ronnie volunteers with his family and understands generosity, compassion, and the importance of giving back to the community.

MOWSS Executive Director Margie VerHagen hugs Ronnie Valk, who donated his $600 game winnings back to the organization. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

Robert Glover, MOWSS Assistant Director, was recognized by Board President Dennis Lewis for his 15 years of dedicated service.

MOWSS Board President Dennis Lewis with Robert Glover, who was recognized for 15 years of service to the organization. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

“It is an honor to work for MOWSS. This year we will provide an abundance of supportive services and 95,000 meals to the elderly and disabled in our community, delivered by our faithful volunteers,” Rob told the crowd.

“For many clients, MOWSS is their last defense before hospital visits and transferring to a long-term care facility. The generosity of loyal supporters lights the path toward much brighter days for our seniors and disabled citizens,” VerHagen said. “It is so wonderful to see Meals on Wheels Senior Services valued by the community. From bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your continued support. Together we can brighten our clients lives and help homebound neighbors remain at home, well fed and independent.”

MOWSS Board members pose with generous donors – the Powers family, owners of BTA Self Storage. Photo by Blue Ribbon News.

“Currently there are 26,000 seniors over the age of 60 that reside in Rockwall County – and that number continues to increase every day. We are all aging! Someday we may all need these valuable resources to maintain our independence!” said VerHagen.

Blue Ribbon News staff report in collaboration with Meals on Wheels Seniors Services of Rockwall County. 

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