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Monett seniors to host walk-a-thon

Monday, September 19, 2011

The seventh annual Walk-a-Thon to benefit the Monett Senior Center is slated to get underway on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Monett's South Park, located at the junction of Highways 37 and 60 beginning at 8 a.m.

"This annual fundraiser helps to replenish and supply adequate equipment to keep the meals program going," said Lori Balmas, center administrator.

The center serves a hot lunch Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays. Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors in Monett, Pierce City, Purdy and Freistatt.

"Last year, we served approximately 32,000 meals," Balmas said. "That includes lunches and frozen meals we deliver for dinners and weekends. The meals are especially important to area seniors in these current times."

This year's fundraising goal is $5,000, a portion of which will be used to pave the center's parking lot.

"We use the funds generated by the Walk-a-Thon for big ticket items," Balmas said. "We have also made repairs to the air conditioning, the center and paid insurance from the proceeds."

The Monett Senior Center is a safe place where people 60 years of age or older can fellowship, play games, watch television, get help with their taxes and receive information pertinent to senior citizens.

The Senior Center Board of Directors strive to keep the center functioning both now and for future generations who will utilize the facility and its services.

"The Walk-a-Thon is not a marathon; it's a walk in the park," Balmas said. "The event is open to people of all ages and groups. Individuals and businesses can take part in the event by making direct donations to the Senior Center, recruiting a team of walkers or becoming an event sponsor."

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own pledges and will be eligible to win various prizes.

"We hope the community will support this effort and keep the meal program going," Balmas said. "It is a vital part of our community and for those who are homebound."

For more information or to obtain a pledge packet, call the Senior Center at 235-3285 or e-mail lorib@swmoa.com.

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