The Red Door and Green Door Senior Centers saw a record turnout for Thanksgiving meals. The Red Door fed 314 seniors and The Green Door had 65 seniors enjoy turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, green bearns and delicious pies made by our talented kitchen staff.
We are so thankful for the guests at the The Red Door who generously helped serve the meals: Gwyn Bevel and Darrell Frankling from KFDX, Chris Horgen from KAUZ, Board Chair Deborah Suggs, Board Member and Former Assistant District Attorney John Gillespie, Realtor and "Wichita Red" Musician Brendan Bell, MSU Coach Scott Linn and two athletes from the MSU Tennis Team, and Ladies from the Senior Junior Frum - Ladell Schmalzreid, Amber Gee, Lydia McWhorter, LaNell Kruger, Vicki Tigert, Colleen James, Delores Culley, and Stacey Barton.
THE Kitchen received the 2017 Torch Award for Ethics in the Non-Profit Category during the lunch ceremony at the Wichita Falls Country Club, on October 24th. The Torch Awards for Ethics honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau mission of advancing marketplace trust.
The award was present to Jackie Hamm, CEO. We intend to continue to practice and honor the ethical standards set by the Better Business Bureau and represent this award to the best of our abilities.
THE Kitchen received $11,534 from Texoma Gives 2017! Feeding the Hungry is our Golden Ticket and we could not have done it without the support of our generous donors, businesses, media, and the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. THANK YOU!
THE Kitchen won the People's Choice Award for best soup during Empty Bowls 2017, benefiting the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. This is our 4th year to win, receiving the honor in 2013, 2014, 2015, and now 2017. Congratulation Rhy Hogan and THE Kitchen staff for making such a delicious meal.
A Commemorative Ribbon Cutting for THE Kitchen took on August 16th. Hundreds of community supporters came to celebrate 50 Golden Years of feeding the hungry in Wichita Falls place at 9:30am, at 1000 Burnett. Photos were taken honoring foundations and large donors, who have been responsible for "bringing food to our table". Refreshments were served and tours of the facilities were available.
The 7th Annual Senior Idol on Friday, July 21st, filled the building with energy and song. Twenty-one seniors competing for the title with songs ranging from marilyn Monroe's Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend to Uptwon Funk by Bruno Marz. First Place trophy winner went to James Cartwright who sang "I Did It My Way." Second Place Prize from North Texas Home Health was presented to Ron Kingcade who sang "Dixieland." Judges for the event were Gwyn Bevel from KFDX, Chris Horgen from KAUZ, and District 4 Councilman Jesse Brown. Guest MC was Mad Joe Martin, who graciously stepped in at the last minute. Special guest volunteers, who helped serve the meals and refill drinks were the beautiful ladies from Senior/Junior Forum. News stations KAUZ and KFDX showcased the event and Torin Halsey from the Times Record News placed Senior Idol on the the front page for the Saturday paper. THE Kitchen appreciates the support from the community in celebrating the talents for so many gifted seniors.
THE Kitchen is honored to be selected as a finalist for TEXOMA'S BEST Civic/Volunteer Group under Best People. THANK YOU! Final voting will begin on July 25th and end the 2nd week of August. Voting is allowed every day, so please show your support! Vote from each email and Thank you, once again, for this nomination. THE Kitchen would not be successful without our staff, volunteers, and donors who have helped us feed the community for 50 years!
Shirley Bradberry, Director of Client Services, was honored with a trophy for 32 years of service at the High Heels for Hot Meals Golden Anniversary. Jackie Hamm, CEO, emotionally shared how profound an impact Shirley has made to the community through her committment and genuine love of our Meals on Wheels clients and volunteers for over three decades. Thank you, Shirley for your dedication and compassionate heart.
The 2017 High Heels for Hot Meals Golden Anniversary goes down in the books as the most successful one yet!
Final numbers are not in, but Meals on Wheels will receive between $55,000 - $60,000 thanks to the support of sponsors and guests who attended. This is at least $10,000 higher than ever before!
Over 300 community supporters attended the event, participating the various activities such as Shoe Garden Bidding, Live Auction, Signature Drink Raffle, and Casino Play. MC and Auctioneer Chris Cunningham introduced Board Chairs and community leaders to toast THE Kitchen's 50th Anniversary and encouraged participants to donatwe generously during our auction.
Shirley Bradberry, Director of Client Services for Meals on Wheels, received a Recognition Trophy for 32 years of service feeding our community.
DJ Marcus kept the party going throughout the night and helped promote participation with our Shoe Cam donated by KFDX.
Thank you to sponsors, guests, volunteers, and donors for celebrating this monumental milestone with us!