The Red Door's Annual Senior Idol took place on Friday, July 12th. Fourteen seniors competed for bragging rights as best singer. First place went to Joe Bob who sang "Go to My Grave Loving You." He received a trophy from THE Kitchen and a gift basket donated by First National Bank. John Welter won 2nd place, receiving a gift basket donated by Healing Hands Healthcare. Special thanks to our Senior Idol judges and emcee: Darrell Franklin of KFDX, Chris Horgen of KAUZ, Chief of Police Manuel Borrego, and Big Jim Russell of Cumulus Broadcasting. Volunteers from Senior Junior Forum and Blue Cross Blue Shield helped serve meals during the event.
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High Heels for Hot Meals 2019 was the most successful event yet, raising $65,000 for Meals on Wheels. Almost 300 sponsors, donors, and supporters celebrated at The Forum on April 11th. The Shoe Garden, displaying shoes creatively decorated by businesses in the community, brought in almost $10,000. The winner of The Soe Garden, Frank Wilson with LiveMoney.com, was presented with a trophy and six tickets to see the Texas Rangers. DJ Marcus livened up the crowd while they enjoyed the casino tables and dancing. Two watches, donated by Holder's Jewelers, were given away at the end of the night for the signature drink raffle. Winner of the casino ticket raffle received a Tangles package. The live auction packages included a trip to Hawaii, trip to see The Voice in Los Angeles, trip to Ruidosa and stay at the Rainmaker resort with golfing, and a night time guided Hog Hunt, guided fishing tour, and CHL classes. Four attendees donated a season of meals to Meals on Wheels. THE Kitchen appreciates all of the sponsorship and donor support that has made it possible to provide 13,000 meals to our clients.
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.