UNION — When Main Street Junction opens in August its inaugural event will be the Union County Meals on Wheels 2016 Charity Gala.
Main Street Junction will be located in the building at 107 E. Main Street which is being renovated to serve as multi-purpose facility that can accommodate events and activities such as weddings, receptions, family reunions, corporate meetings, dances, comedy shows and fashion shows.
The first event accommodated by Main Street Junction will be the Union County Meals on Wheels Charity Gala which will be held Aug. 27 from 6-10 p.m. in the Great Room.
Meals on Wheels Secretary Jami Trammell said that the goal of the gala will be to raise funds for the Miracle League’s efforts to provide meals to needy residents in Union and Buffalo. In April, Meals on Wheels Vice President Kathy Stepp reported that the group’s yearly costs were $74,000 or $11,000 more than the $63,000 in donations it had received and other funds raised. Trammell said the hope is that the gala, along with subsequent fundraising events, will enable the group close the gap between its costs and revenue.
“We had to start entertaining ways to raise more money, so we started looking at other Meals on Wheels organizations around us and their successes,” Trammell said. “One of the ways that we thought could work for us is the charity gala. It gives citizens the opportunity to dress up and come out for a night of dancing, music, good food, and a silent auction, all the while supporting Meals on Wheels.”
Trammell said that the gala also provides local businesses, churches, other organizations, and individuals with sponsorship opportunities. She said persons interested in helping sponsor the gala can get more information about it at the Meals on Wheels website (www.mealsonwheelsunionsc.com).
Meals on Wheels relies private donations and fundraising events to enable it to achieve its goal of serving one hot meal a day five days a week to needy persons who have applied and met the group’s need criteria. During 2015, the all-volunteer group served 17,859 meals at a cost of $6,200 per month. The volunteers deliver meals along 10 routes in the Union and Buffalo communities serving approximately 75 people a day. The meals they deliver are prepared by the Union Medical Center at a cost of $3.59 per meal.
The group uses 99 percent of its budget to purchase the meals it delivers with the rest used for mailing and postage.
In addition to the gala, Trammell said that Meals on Wheels plans to hold two other fundraising events this year. The first will be Sept. 17 when the group teams with the local Brat Pack to hold a Charity 5K. The second will be the Christmas Tour of Homes which will be held Dec. 3.
For more information about Meals on Wheels, the services it provides, the charity gala and sponsorships, future events and/or to make a contribution in support of its efforts call 864-427-1598 or go online at www.mealsonwheelsunionsc.com.
Main Street Junction
Trammell added that the Meals on Wheels board decided to hold the gala at Main Street Junction to provide the public with the opportunity to see the completed $1.5 million facility.
“The gala will be the inaugural event for the newly renovated Main Street Junction,” Trammell said. “This will be the perfect for the community to experience Main Street Junction first hand.”
When completed Main Street Junction will feature a catering kitchen, restrooms, and a banquet area downstairs. There will be accordion glass doors at the back of building that will open onto a covered veranda. Stairs on both ends of the deck will allow access to the fenced-in garden area.
The reception area in front of the building will have two flat screen TVs, chairs, sofa and tables. An elevator inside the reception area will take people to second floor. There is also a stairway beside the building allowing entry from the sidewalk to upstairs.
The upstairs areas will feature two offices, a kitchenette, a conference room with a flat-screen TV, restrooms, bridal dressing room and large meeting area in back.
Anyone interested in renting all or part of Main Street Junction may call Debbie Woodard at the City of Union at 429-1700.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.