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16th Annual Bountiful Bowl--November 11, 7 -10 pm, DeSales University. This is our signature fundraiser with great food, entertainment, silent and live auction, and presentation of Bob Wood Legacy Award.  
 
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Bountiful Bowl Funds 14,844 meals

11/20/2015

  

Our 15th Annual Bountiful Bowl event was our most successful ever, raising $38,000 to subsidize 14,844 meals for the homebound seniors and adults with disabilities we serve.

This year’s event included a very special addition—the awarding of the 1st Annual Bob Wood Legacy Award to 30-year volunteer Mary Anne Johnson. Bob was part of Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County since its inception when the original members of the Meals on Wheels task force approached Wood Dining Service at Cedarbrook Nursing Home to prepare the meals. Bob worked closely with Dick Yenser, Director of Food Services, to design the meal program that delivered to the agency’s first 9 clients on 3 routes on February 1, 2021 and continued to prepare the meals until 2004.

 Bob remembered the beginning of the program as an example of how Lehigh County leaders and citizens put into place a program that would ensure that the people who needed home-delivered meals could have full lives.  “The program wasn’t just for convenience, but instead helped people to stay in their own homes and be independent.”  The Meals on Wheels program, Bob said, “is an example of institutional commitment leveraged by people who want to make a difference.” 

 Bob continued his interest in the agency and as busy as he was, always made himself available for consultation. His generosity of spirit was an inspiration to all who knew him. This award will continue his legacy and his commitment to the betterment of his community.

 MaryAnne Johnson’s volunteer service with Meals on Wheels began in 1985, delivering with her friend Eileen each month, on the same route, as part of The Medical Society Alliance. Her role as a delivery volunteer spanned 15 years. Her volunteer work continued when she was asked to join the board. Being a direct service volunteer added an important perspective to her role in governing the agency as a board member. After serving one term of six years and a brief hiatus she was invited to return to serve a second term.

 After attending a national Meals on Wheels conference in 1999 and hearing about a fundraising event in Sedona, Arizona involving pottery bowls, Pam Bechtel met with Mary Anne and posed the idea to her. Mary Anne took the new fundraiser on as her “baby” and came up with the name, contacted her sister, a graphic designer, to come up with a logo and The Bountiful Bowl was born. Since 2000, Mary Anne has chaired or co-chaired the event and under her leadership, enthusiasm, style and attention to detail, the event has flourished, and raised over $316,000 to subsidize meal costs for its low-income clients.

 Thousands of hours, in many capacities, made MaryAnne a clear choice for this award. The agency is grateful to Mary Anne for three decades of service.

 

This year’s event was held at DeSales University to accommodate the growing number of attendees.  228 supporters enjoyed a fabulous buffet prepared by Sodexo Dining Services, an open bar and musical entertainment by Roger Latzgo on the piano.

Along with beautiful handcrafted bowls and other vessels, guests were able to bid on themed baskets, gift cards and other unique items during the silent auction.  This year guests were also able to buy tickets for a libations auction of fine wines and whiskeys and bid on chef events during the live auction.

Thank you to all the members of our community who donated money or items for this event as well as the the following.

Bountiful Bowl Committee Members:

Mary Anne Johnson (Chair), Connie Archer, Pat Beldon, Audrey Fronheiser, Sarah Garon, Brooke Griffiths, Pamela Koons-Hartnett, Sue McCann, Cindy Merrit, Joy Buckley Reed and Mary Pat Stark

Evening  volunteers:  photographer, Scott Foster (photographer); Scott Stoneback (videographer), Ray Starner (auctioneer); Jayne Crowther; Karen Haberen; Marilyn Howard and Lisa Russo

 Major Sponsors:

Media: The Morning Call;

Bountiful Harvest:  Aesculap, Inc.; Aurora Specialties, Inc/Rob Win Press; Pat & Sandy Beldon; CrossAmerica Partners

Basket of Plenty : Bob & Sandy Lovett; The Hartford; Doug & Mary Anne Johnson; The Pidcock Company; PPL/Talen Energy; St. Luke’s Physician Group

Cornucopia: Hank & Joan Barnette; Bradley Pulverizer Company; Buckno Lisicky & Company; Janet & Malcolm Gross; Health Network Laboratories; Dave & Kathy Leber; Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund of the LV Community Foundation; Lehigh Valley Health Network; National Penn Private Banking; Missy & Sam Saxton; Larrie & Judy Wood Sheftel

 

 



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