North Area Meals on Wheels gala gathers large crowd

The Second Annual North Area Meals on Wheels Gala attracted more than 100 guests from around the county during the May 7 event held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.

The first ever Spring Gala held in 2009 raised $7,000 for the program located in North Syracuse.

Special guest Tom Marullo, the chief financial officer for the national Meals on Wheels program, spoke to the attendants that included community members, North Syracuse school faculty and staff, several area government officials and the NAMOW Board of Directors.

Marullo has been a part of the Meals on Wheels effort for more than 17 years when he first volunteered as a delivery person for his local chapter. Now a part of the national program, Marullo said he is one of many who are "trying to end senior hunger by 2020."

Among his travels, Marullo said many people ask him what he does for a living, a question in which he finds every acquaintance having an experience with Meals on Wheels.

"They always tell em their connection with Meals on Wheels," Marullo said. "Whatever the connection, there's always a connection."

To read more about this event pick up the May 12 edition of the Star-Review.

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