Opry to raise money for Meals

Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Suffolk Meals on Wheels hopes a combination of music and comedy will bring in the dough to support a seriously needed service — home-delivered meals for those who need them.

The organization will hold a Rocky Hock Opry fundraiser at 7 p.m. March 11 at King’s Fork Middle School. The group will entertain with a little bit of country, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and comedy.

Executive Director Roseland Worrell said the Rocky Hock Opry was the organization’s first fundraiser in 2011 and continues to be a hit.

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“People were calling for tickets before we even had them printed,” she said of this year’s event. “We want to have a sellout. This year might be the year.”

The regionally famous Rocky Hock Opry began in Edenton, N.C., as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. They’ve since branched out to provide fundraisers for a number of charity groups.

Suffolk Meals on Wheels helps those who are unable to cook meals for themselves or go out for food remain in their homes by delivering two meals every weekday. Last year, 207 recipients received more than 41,000 meals.

Recipients pay what they are able for the meals, Worrell said. This fundraiser supports those who can afford only partial payment or cannot pay at all.

Some people might receive the meals only for a short time, when recuperating from an injury for instance, while others receive them for longer periods.

“We want them to have a good quality of life,” Worrell said.

The service is more than just a meal, she added.

“We also offer our homebound neighbors in Suffolk and the Isle of Wight County region a chance for friendly social interaction, a reminder to eat or even to get out of bed, a safety check to make sure nothing is wrong, and perhaps most important of all, a message that their community cares,” she said. “For many of our clients, the service we provide makes the difference between being forced to move to a nursing facility and being able to live independently in their homes, where they want to be.”

Meals on Wheels receives no state or federal funding and relies on volunteer drivers to deliver meals.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at Farmers Bank locations in Suffolk, Windsor and Smithfield; Nationwide Insurance on West Washington Street; Virginia Commonwealth Bank on North Main Street; Dr. Dwight Bradshaw’s dental office on Bennetts Pasture Road; Windsor True Value Hardware in Windsor; and the Suffolk Meals on Wheels office at Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd.

Call 934-4911 for more information.