‘March for Meals’ event to fund nutrition program

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

POINT PLEASANT — Residents are invited to enjoy a night of fun while helping a worthy cause, when the Mason County Action Group, Inc. holds its “March for Meals Bingo” event.

Tickets for the group’s largest fundraiser of the year go on sale Tuesday. Proceeds will go toward the expenses of the senior citizen nutrition program.

Bingo will be held Fri., March 3, 6 p.m., at the Gene Salem Senior Center, located at 101 Second Street in Point Pleasant. Tickets are available in advance for a $20 donation. The at-the-door donation price will be $25. The ticket will include a 20-game packet, with three cards per game. Single game cards will be sold at the start of each game for one dollar.

“This is our biggest event of the year to bring awareness to the senior nutrition program,” said Ann Dalton, event chairperson.

Prizes for the bingo games are donated by local individuals and businesses, and Dalton said the response has been tremendous.

“We have food gift certificates, baskets, hair salon services, a tool set, auto services, as well as a watch and silver necklace with a diamond cluster,” Dalton said. “We are so thankful for the overwhelming response from the community.”

The Mason County Action Group delivers hot meals to 85 homebound senior citizens each week day. Not only does the program provide nutritious food, but also a daily check-in for the senior’s well being.

Lunches are also served at both the Gene Salem Senior Center and the Mason Senior Center. Those who are able to travel to the centers receive socialization also, in the way of bingo, parties, exercise classes, music and other activities.

Through federal and state funding, the action group will provide around 35,000 meals this year to over 250 seniors.

Renae Riffle, executive director of the action group, said while no outside food will be permitted into the March for Meals Bingo, concessions will be sold. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and hotdogs, nachos and cheese, brownies, candy and drinks will be available. Bingo daubers will also be sold at the concession stand.

Riffle added every bingo wins a prize, and all prizes remaining at the end of the evening will be given away as door prizes. She stated monetary donations to help with expenses, and prize items are still being accepted. To donate, Dalton can be reached at 304-675-2369.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.