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Meals on Wheels hosts second Valentine’s Non-Event fundraiser

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels Rowan is having its second Valentine’s Non-Event fundraiser.

Johanna Lovvorn, a member of the board of directors, shared the idea of a “non-event” with the special-events task group and spearheaded the 2018 fundraiser.

“This event is really unique because it is one you do not attend,” Lovvorn said. “Instead of spending money on a venue, food and entertainment, Meals on Wheels will use 100 percent of every contribution to provide home-delivered meals for homebound seniors and disabled citizens in Rowan County. Donors who respond to the invitation don’t have to rent a tuxedo, buy a new dress or get a baby-sitter.”

The invitation lists three “ticket” prices, giving donors the opportunity to participate at the level that is comfortable for them. For every $50 contributed, the donor receives an entry into a drawing for two gift baskets.

All donors contributing before Feb. 1 will be entered in the drawing for an early-bird basket, Flavors of North Carolina, and for the grand prize basket.

All donors contributing by Feb. 14 will be entered in the drawing for the grand prize basket that includes two round-trip tickets on American Airlines in the continental U.S., dinners at local restaurants, spa packages and more.

Donors can also honor someone special or give in memory of a loved one. Valentine cards matching the design of the invitation will be mailed to individuals to be honored or to the family of the individual honored in memoriam.

For the card to be mailed before Valentine’s Day, contributions should be received by Feb. 12.

In addition, each donor can be a Valentine to a someone who receives home-delivered meals. Donors can increase their gift by donating two days of meals, one week of meals, one month of meals or one year of meals.

Although Lovvorn’s term ended in December, she committed to chairing the 2019 Valentine’s Non-Event. Board Vice President Irene Beyer volunteered to assist Lovvorn. Several members of the board of directors reached out to potential sponsors.

Before invitations were mailed, sponsors contributed more than $30,000.

Lovvorn’s goal is to raise $50,000. The money will provide more than 6,600 delivered meals to homebound seniors.

To be a Valentine, contribute to the Valentine’s Non-Event fundraiser at www.mowrowan.org/valentine-non-event. For more information, contact Rose Jones at 704-633-0352 or rjones@mowrowan.org.

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