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North Area Meals on Wheels presents annual Spring Gala

Support your local Meals on Wheels in your gala attire

The North Area Meals on Wheels program is only days away from hosting its 2nd Annual Spring Gala that will benefit the organization located in North Syracuse.

The gala will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday May 7 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool while featuring several silent auction items and six raffle baskets valued at $100 or more.

Silent auction items include an evening for two at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa, a painting of the Sienne River in Paris, France, by Danielle Barrett and a Syracuse University basketball 28-inch by 28-inch photograph (Villanova game) autographed by head coach Jim Boeheim.

The community's support during last year's event game added motivation for NAMOW Director of Operations Donna Barrett as she and fellow organization members prepare for the event during a poor economic climate.

"I don't think we were expecting the economy to be this way this year," Barrett said. "We almost hesitated to ask for donations."

However, Barrett said there has been an "overwhelming response from local community members and businesses."

A clear connection to the community became apparent to Barrett when people who donated last year started calling to make donations before being approached for the 2010 event.

Local businesses have also gotten their employees involved in volunteer efforts for the Meals on Wheels program because of the relationship they began with the North Syracuse location last year.

"I am elated by the support we have received for this event from local businesses and corporations to private citizens," Barrett said. "I am especially grateful for all the planning that the Gala Committee has done and the support they have given each other."

The gala will feature Dave Longley, the master of ceremonies, and guest speaker Tom Marullo, of the National Meals on Wheels program. Special guests also include Sen. John DeFrancisco, Congressman Dan Maffei and Assemblyman Al Stirpe and numerous local officials.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling Elaine at 452-1402.

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