POMEROY —Cakes, cakes and more cakes, but all for a cause.
The annual March for Meals fundraiser hosted by the Meigs County Council on Aging brought out approximately 75 cakes, as well as numerous judges and buyers for the cake contest and auction.
A total of $6,090 for the cakes through auction, in addition to funds raised through the MCCOA basket games ($2,946) and a $5,000 donation from Home National Bank which was raised through their Stop Hunger Games. With other donations and the dinner, the total for the month was a little more than $17,000
All funds raised during March for Meals will go toward a new program for MCCOA which was announced during the fundraiser.
Beginning on May 1, MCCOA will offer five home delivered meals at no cost to any Meigs County resident over the age of 60 upon discharge from a hospital or nursing home.
“Studies have shown that proper nutrition can help prevent re-admittance to the hospital. These meals will meet 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients and will be provided at no cost to the recipient. We will be contacting local discharge planners and health care providers so that they are aware of the procedures to refer their patients to the program,” said Executive Director Beth Shaver of the new program.
Cake contest winners (by division)
Chocolate — Carol Tate, first place; Amanda Theiss, second place;
Fruit and Vegetable category — Teresa Burton, first place; Christina Rickard, second place;
Yellow/White — Courtney Roush, first place; Stacy Butler, second place;
Miscellaneous — Addalynne Matson, first place; Jessica Lukoski, second place;
Decorated — Mason County Action Group/Senior Center, first place; Amy Hill, second place;
Cupcakes — Tiffany Cundiff first and second place;
Age 12 and Under — Olivia Wood, first place; and Jamie Cremeans, second place.
The Director’s Choice Award went to the Mason County Action Group’s entry. Christina Rickard was awarded Reserve Champion and Grand Champion was awarded to Amanda Theiss.
Sponsors of the 2017 March for Meals were corporate sponsor Farmers Bank; the Gold Sponsors were Hill’s Classic Cars, LLC, Valley Lumber, Swisher & Lohse Pharmacy, PDK Construction, Inc., Taz’s Marathon, Arbors at Pomeroy, Karr Audiology & Hearing Aids, D.V. Weber Construction, Inc., and McDonald’s of Pomeroy; Silver Sponsors included Dr. Douglas and Tonya Hunter, Simmons, Musser & Warner Insurance, and Home National Bank; Bronze Sponsors were Ridenour Gas Service, Middleport Dairy Queen, King Ace Hardware, Angell Accounting, Wendy’s, and Quality Print Shop.
The 2017 cake judges were Paige Cleek of Front Paige Outfitters; Sarah Hawley, Managing Editor of The Daily Sentinel; Steven Figiel, WYVK Radio; Margaret Parker, volunteer and Meigs Council on Aging’s 2016 Senior Citizen of the Year; Robbie Jacks, Director Meigs EMS; Amanda Stanley, Office Manager, Meigs EMS; Debbie Gerlach, retired teacher and community volunteer; Mike Gerlach, retired teacher, community volunteer, and Meigs Council on Aging Board of Trustee member; Brenda Smith, Transitions Home Health; Roma Sayre, President, Home National Bank; Katie Simpkins, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Arbors at Pomeroy; Britney Cowgill, Administrator, Arbors at Pomeroy; Lois Oiler, owner Shear Illusions, Kevin Oiler ODOT employee, Crockett Crow, Loan Underwriter, Farmers Bank; and Dru Reed, Marketing Manager, Farmers Bank.
This years cake bakers were Mary Morton, Peggy Davis, Rhonda Rathburn & Raeven Reedy, Leanne Cunningham, Carol Tate, Amanda Theiss (2), Barb Cremeans, Olivia Wood, Julia Wood, Jamie Cremeans, Teresa Burton (7), Tina Richards (2), Annisha Ball (2), Amber Honaker, Lori Miller (2), Edna Weber, Jaynee and Kayte Davis (2), Bethany Will, Juanita Green, Kortney Engle, Lisa & Keerstin Shaver, Amy Hill (2), Sarah Eakins (3), Shannon Miller, Mason County Action Group, Nancy Cale, Mary Powell, Tiffany Cundiff (3), Kimberly Hupp, Addalynne Matson, Stacy Butler, Donna Jenkins (3), Blondena Rainer, Judith Eblin, Avary Mugrage, Holzer Hospice, Kyle Wolfe, Samantha Wolfe (4), Bambi Fisher (2), Jessica Lukowski (2), Kelsey Roush (2), Angie Pickens, David Casci, Courtney Roush, and Christina Rickard.
Cake buyers for the 2017 March for Meals Cake Contest and Auction included, top buyer Mark and Teresa Porter, followed by Ed Zatta. Third was Farmers Bank with Home National Bank being fourth. Other buyers included Shannon Miller, Beth Shaver, Shear Illusions and Lois Oiler of Shear Illusions, Joe Bolin, Carson Crow, John Matson, Teresa Burton, Keith White, Alice Wolfe, Front Paige Outfitters, Holzer Hospice, Mary Byer-Hill, Sammi Mugrage, Transitions Home Health, Vicki Ault, Linda Warner, Jim Taylor, WJOS TV, Larry Fisher, Gene and Kathy Romine, Samantha Wolfe, Oiler Livestock, Margaret Parker, Robert and Barb Smith, Nancy Cale, Tina Richards, and Annisha Ball.