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League assists Christmas into July

July 29, 2011|By Ruth Sowby

Each year members of the Church Women United of Glendale seem to outdo themselves in presenting their “Meals on Wheels” salad bar luncheon at the First United Methodist Church. They’ve had plenty of practice. July 26 marked their 34th year of lunches, with proceeds going to the Glendale Salvation Army.

Co-chairmen Karil Drake and Evelyn Horigan guided volunteers representing several churches in Glendale, including Salem Lutheran and Incarnation. The tasks on tap included cooking, serving and clean-up for more than 250 hungry luncheon guests. At $8 a ticket, you couldn’t go wrong. Add $5 dollars to that if you wanted to take a second lunch home.

All had their choice of meat salads, deviled eggs (always a favorite), fruit salads and bread. Each year more restaurants make food contributions. This year’s participating restaurants included Damon’s Steakhouse, Don Cuco’s, Marie Callender’s and Shakers.

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City VIPs sat with 25 homeless men and women whose lunches were donated. City Manager Jim Starbuck kept his trim physique by choosing salads. So did Assistant City Manager Yasmin Beers. Tom Lorenz, who has the dual role of Public Information Officer for the City and the Police Department, chose a combination of potato salad and hardy breads.

Also present were Glendale residents and volunteer movers and shakers Lynda Burns, Mary Rose Grim and Anna Rundle. Salvation Army Captains Rachel and Rio Ray, having offered a blessing on the food, gave a spiritual lift to all participating.

Expected proceeds of $2,000 will go to the Salvation Army’s “Meals on Wheels” program.

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