Old Colony Elder Services, (OCES), serving elders, their families and caregivers in 23 towns in Southeastern Massachusetts, is holding their first annual “Cooking for a Cause” fundraising event to support the Nutrition Program on June 26th. Sponsors and restaurant vendors are needed. This event is open to the public.
The number of seniors throughout the area in need of meals is growing. OCES supports these seniors by providing healthy meals to them every day through the Nutrition Program’s congregate meal sites and Meals on Wheels. OCES has developed the “Cooking for a Cause” fundraiser to support and maintain the Nutrition program.
“Cooking for a Cause” is a family-friendly event that will offer something for everyone. Attendees will enjoy samples of cuisine from restaurants throughout Southeastern Mass., entertainment by the Baha Brothers, face painting for children as well as great raffles. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Middleboro Council on Aging located at 558 Plymouth Street in Middleboro.
OCES is looking to recruit area restaurants. Several have already signed up including: Burrito Wraps of Brockton, RooBar in Plymouth, Veronica’s Treats of Middleboro, Mike’s House of Pizza in Hanson, Lindley Food Service of Connecticut (the caterer for Meals on Wheels), BJ’s Wholesale of Stoughton, Hideaway Restaurant in Middleboro and the Middleboro Council on Aging.
Sponsors are also needed. Sponsorship levels vary from the “Bronze Baker” $500 commitment to the “Platinum Platter” $5,000 commitment. Event program advertisements are also available. Sponsors who RSVP immediately will be included on all marketing materials.
“Because of increasing costs and budget cuts, OCES cannot keep up with the demand of the growing senior population and increasing needs. The competition for grants is tough and we needed to find a way to raise the additional funds necessary to keep the Nutrition Program running. The number of seniors who rely on Meals on the Wheels and the congregate meal sites is growing exponentially and it’s imperative that we have an initiative in place so no senior goes hungry,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
Interested vendors and potential sponsors should contact Lucille Dallaire at OCES (508) 584-1561.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services; Home Care and more.
OCES offers these programs in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 140 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.