Opry raises money for Meals on Wheels

Published 10:14 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tickets are available for the return of the Rocky Hock Opry show in Suffolk this weekend to once again raise money for Suffolk Meals on Wheels with an evening of lively music and comedy.

The eighth annual benefit show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the King’s Fork Middle School auditorium. This year the Edenton, N.C. group will perform ‘60s Motown hits, country classics, golden oldies and gospel tracks with the crazy comedy of Flat Billy Bob — played by emcee Steve Evans — and other laugh-out-loud routines.

Suffolk Meals on Wheels Executive Director Roseland Worrell said there will be homemade punch, cookies and fudge for ticketholders to enjoy during the show.

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Attendance has grown each year since Meals on Wheels first hosted the Rocky Hock Opry, and about 500 people attend annually from across Hampton Roads to benefit the meal delivery organization.

“We’ve had people this morning calling from Norfolk,” Worrell said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Suffolk Meals on Wheels has more than 150 clients in Suffolk and Isle of Wight County. Each client receives two meals and two beverages each weekday. The meals are prepared at Sentara Obici Hospital with the assistance of a dietitian.

The deliveries provide two-thirds of the daily vitamins and nutrients required by the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Seniors, according to suffolkmealsonwheels.com. Special preparations are available for those with restricted diets, with more than a dozen different diets available, Worrell said.

Meal deliveries can begin as soon as possible for emergencies, like a patient transitioning out of the hospital after an illness or injury that prevents them from being able to prepare their own meals.

Recipients pay $7.50 per day for the meals. The organization runs on volunteers, and other than recipient fees, grants and donations are the only funding source for Suffolk Meals on Wheels.

“We are fueled by volunteer passion and grit,” Worrell wrote in an email. “We make our communities of Suffolk and Isle of Wight County stronger, healthier and better connected to good nutrition health.”

Tickets for the Rocky Hock Opry are $15 and are available at Farmers Bank locations in Suffolk, Windsor, Courtland and Smithfield; Virginia Commonwealth Bank on North Main Street; Dr. Dwight Bradshaw’s office on Bennetts Pasture Road; Windsor True Value Hardware; and the Suffolk Meals on Wheels office at Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd.

Call 934-4911 for more information.