Opry offers a great evening

Published 10:28 pm Monday, March 7, 2016

On Friday, folks in Suffolk have an opportunity to enjoy the regionally famous Rocky Hock Opry, while supporting a worthy community institution. The Opry will appear at King’s Fork Middle School at 7 p.m. in its annual fundraising event for the Suffolk Meals on Wheels program.

Rocky Hock Opry puts on a show that’s part country, part rock ‘n’ roll, part gospel and part comedy. It’s all in good fun, and many of those who have attended past events since 2011 mark their calendars to come back every year.

In doing so, they provide great help for an organization that does quite a bit of good work for hundreds of people in Western Tidewater. Last year alone, Meals on Wheels provided more than 41,000 meals to 207 recipients.

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Those receiving help from Meals on Wheels receive two meals a day every weekday they’re in the program. Some people take advantage of it for only a short time, while others are more permanent beneficiaries. The program is intended to help people who cannot make their own meals and are unable to get out to buy food for themselves.

But Meals on Wheels provides much more than meals. Clients receive friendly social interactions from the volunteer delivery people, whose visits serve as safety checks, reminders to eat — or even to get out of bed — and a reminder that there are people who care about their situations.

All of this is done at little or no cost to the clients, who pay whatever they can for the service. If they can’t pay at all, the service is still there for them. That’s where the fundraising aspect becomes necessary; funds raised through the Opry’s visit, as well as other donations, help offset the cost of the meals. Meals on Wheels receives no federal or state contributions to do its work.

Tickets to the Opry 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.

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Friday and the idea of helping a worthwhile organization doing good in the community is appealing to you, look no further.