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Meals on Heels

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels celebrates 50 years of community service

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels celebrates five decades of service with their fundraising event, Meals on Heels, on Friday, April 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on Eastern Michigan University’s campus.

The event includes Las Vegas-style gaming, two silent auctions, live music, and food and drink. General admission tickets are $100 and can be purchased online. The price of the ticket includes two drink tickets, 100 chips for gameplay, and a strolling dinner. 

One of the silent auctions at the event celebrates the talents of the local senior community by showcasing fine art and handcrafted items contributed by clients and local senior artists. The other auction brings different experiences and products from local businesses up for bid. Some of these items include a year membership to Zippy’s Car Wash, four season passes to Interlochen's 2024 season, and a Grand Canyon Family Glamping experience. A list of prizes can be found here.

Seniors had the opportunity to submit art to the organization to either exhibit at the event or donate for the silent auction, with the proceeds going to the fundraising. The art overall is meant to speak on the artist’s interests, life, and experience in Washtenaw County.

The event is a part of the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels campaign “Give More to Feed More” which started earlier this year. This project is an effort to raise money to fund an additional one million meals over the next five years. So far they have raised $40,300 for this year's 50th anniversary celebration. This event also celebrates the partnerships and individuals who have made this many years possible for the organization.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that provides meals and social contact to individuals homebound, ill, and disabled in eastern Washtenaw County. The organization serves more than 200 people six days a week in the area. Those interested in Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels can find more information on their website.