It’s Souper Bowl Time at the Olney Senior Cub Center
The Olney Senior Cub Center is hosting its annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser at the center located at 302 S. Avenue B in Olney Sunday, Feb. 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.
The tickets cost $7, and supporters may pay at the door. All proceeds benefit the programs at the Olney Senior Cub Center, which has been supporting the senior citizens of Olney for more than 35 years. The organization is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The menu includes stew, cornbread and dessert. Last year, the staff said they sold out and was extremely pleased with the turnout and the support from Olney and the surrounding areas. If you do not have time to enjoy your meal at the center, you may carry out your lunch.
The Souper Bowl and the Pancake Breakfast are the only two annual fundraisers for the Senior Cub Center. The center also earns money through lunch sales Monday through Friday. Lunch is available to the public, but lunch guests should RSVP in advance because a small lunch portion is set aside for the public. Lunch prices vary: Seniors pay $4 and anyone 60 years old or younger pay $6. Their weekly menu is located on Page 2 in Olney Enterprise on the calendar page.
Olney Senior Cub Center Director Jerri Corbin said, “We need and appreciate your support of this very important event.”
Linda Gray, the center administrator and public relations representative, has been with the center for eight years and she shared her concern about the importance of increasing awareness about what they offer. “Most of the people we serve are in their 80s and 90s. We need to make more senior citizens aware of what we do and raise money to help us stay afloat. The Souper Bowl fundraiser is a big event that brings people into our center and gives them an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause,” Gray said.
The center does more than provide lunch; it is a fun place for seniors to participate in various activities and contests. Gray said, “In February we will have a King and Queen dress contest. We do lots of fun things for the seniors. In the past, the seniors wore crazy hats and Halloween costumes.”
Assistant director Linda Phillips has been with the center for 18 years, and she has witnessed many ups and downs at the center. She explained the importance of monetary support for the center. “The fundraiser is important and provides the funding that allows us to provide meals to people who come into the center and it allows us to deliver meals to people who can’t get out. Currently, we deliver 80 meals a day. We check on our seniors when we deliver the meals,” Phillips said.
Phillips mentioned their need for not only monetary support, but also the need for volunteers. “We need volunteers to assist with the deliveries. Currently, the director and I along with nursing home volunteers deliver the meals every day,” Phillips said. “We would also love to have volunteers help around the center. We appreciate our volunteers.”
For more information about how you can support the upcoming fundraiser, to donate or to volunteer, call 940.564.2782.