Christmas at the Winery was a great success, thanks to faithful supporters of THE Kitchen and PETS Clinic who benefited from the event. More than 300 people visited Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard and Winery to enjoy the Christmas decor and tour the winery esatate. Ten businesses in the community donated their time and talent, turning the Poenitzsch home into a holiday dream. Special thanks to Scott and Linda Poenitzsch, who held a similar event in their home in Wisconsin and approached both THE Kitchen and PETS Clinic about being recipients of the event. B & C Printing and Mayfield Events also served on the committee. Both businesses offered complimentary tickets, posters, brochures, decorations for the living room, and a photo booth so visitors could take a souvenir picture from the event. Annette Ezzell Photography took beautiful photos of the home and event. The other businesses who made the Christmas wonderland so spectacular were: Bed, Bath, and Beyond, The Conatinery, Divine Design/Unique Boutique, House of Flowers, Painting Proverbs, Smith's Gardentown Farms, Southern Jeweled, Southern Savvy Creations by Tiffany, Sweet 1020, and United Supermarkets who donated delicious cheese trays to compliment the wine tasting.
The Red Door held its Annual Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 14th, 2018. The traditional turkey dinner and all the trimmings were provided. Volunteers from Senior Junior Forum, Midwestern State University, New Birth Church, First Step, KAUZ, Big Jim Russell and KFDX served the holiday feast. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also there taking photos and handing our candy canes. The Christmas Dinner had its highest attendance ever for the event.
The Meals on Wheels Blanket Drive exceeded its goal of 1,000 fleece blankets. By the end of the night of December 10th, 1048 blankets were donated to our seniors, disabled, and homebound clients. THE Kitchen would like to thank the community for your generosity and for caring about our Meals on Wheels family. Distribution of the blankets took place on December 19th, just in time for Christmas. Volunteers delivered the blankets along with meals. Throughout the week of the blanket distribution, Meals on Wheels clients called THE Kitchen to say thank you for their warm and cozy gift.
Thanksgiving at the Red Door was delicious, colorful, and full of happy faces. Volunteers from Senior Junior Forum, New Birth Baptist Church, Jacksboro National Bank, MSU Tennis Team, THE Kitchen Board Members John Gillespie and Debra Suggs, KFDX Darrell Franklin and Melanie Townsend, and KAUZ CHris Horgen and Danielle Malagarie served the Thanksgiving Meals and accommodated the seniors during the holiday feast. The Kitchen Staff would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.
Jackie Hamm, CEO for THE Kitchen, continues to make a difference in the State of Texas, not just in her own back yard. As the Board Chair of Meals on Wheels Association of Texas, she is an advocate throughout the STate of Texas, to protect and provide meals to those in need. Thursday, November 9th, she was a guest speaker for the Texas Hunger Initiative State Summit at Baylor University. The panel discussion was on the topic Stopping Hunger in the Growing Senior Population. Pictured: Front - Laura Ziemer of Meals on Wheels Waco, Rebecca Padillo of Meals on Wheels San Angelo. Back - Jackie Hamm of THE Kitchen - Meals on Wheels of Wichita Falls, Debbie King of Meals on Wheels Waco.
Fall Festival 2018 at the Red Door was a haunting success! Celebrity judges Mayor Stephen Santellana, KAUZ's Chris Horgen, KFDX's Darrell Franklin, and Senior Junior Forum President Debbie Berend chose Best Costume this year. The winners were: 2nd place Becky Skacilas dressed as a Mummy with her child, and 1st place was Kay Green as Naughty DOrothy with Toto her dog. The day also consist of a cake walk, plinko, duck game, and a dice game. The staff handed out candy down their decorated hallway.
The 8th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament took place Friday, October 26th at Champions Course at Weeks Park. Each year, Rick Camp organizes this tournament to help THE Kitchen's Meals on Wheels Program. Despite a rain delay of one week, 96 golfers participated in the 4-Man Golf Scramble. The winners of the event were Sam Steen, David Reed, Jason Cook, and Brian Camp.
Warren and Pam Ayres graciously set a matching grant of $2,500 for THE Kitchen through Texoam Gives. Every donation up to that amount will be doubled! Donations can be made from now until the end of September 13th. To donate, go to the link: https://www.texomagives.org/organizations/the-kitchen-meals-on-wheels
The Wichita Falls City Council granted more than $55,000 to THE Kitchen's Meals on Wheels program, approving the funds during the August 7th City Council meeting. The Council was awarded honorary status in the Lunch Bunch Society. A certificate, thank you, and cookies from our kitchen were presented. Pictured are: City Councilors Mitesh Desai, DeAndra Chenault, Jesse Brown, Mayor Stephen Santellana, Director at THE Kitchen Pam Hughes, and City Councilor Jeff Browning.