Meals with a Mission will host a casino night fundraiser on Thursday, April
20. This evening of casino games and dinner will raise funds to provide
meals for local cancer patients and their families.
The event will be held at the Elks Lodge at 270 W. Broadway. It begins
at 5:30 pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. The cost is
$20 at the door. All are welcome to attend.
Each year, Meals with a Mission provides approximately 400 complimentary,
nourishing meals to St. John’s patients who are undergoing treatments
for cancer. Meals are made from recipes by the American Cancer Institute
and other cancer-specific resources, and they use organic ingredients
when possible. Patients and their families select their three- to four-course
meals from a menu of items.
The Elks Lodge donates the use of its commercial kitchen, where a group
of 10-12 regular volunteers prepares the meals and then delivers them.
Summit High School students create the desserts in their school’s kitchen.
According to one patient, “Coming home after treatment to these wonderful
dinners is the highlight of the week.”
Joni Upsher, a longtime Wilson resident, founded Meals with a Mission in
2015. Joni was a restaurant owner for 15 years and a culinary teacher
at the high school for six years. Her husband Albert died from cancer in 2013.
Joni’s love of healthy cooking and her desire to help cancer patients
inspired her to start Meals with a Mission. “The best part of this
program are the wonderful times cooking with these volunteers,”
said Joni. “They have such good hearts and have brought joy to this
Thanks to the dedicated volunteers and the donated kitchen space, Meals
with a Mission operates with an annual budget of $4,000 to cover the cost
of healthy ingredients.
To RSVP for Casino Night, or to make a gift to support Meals with a Mission,
please contact Rachel Merrell at 739 7517 or
Meals with a Mission is supported by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation
and the St. John’s Medical Center oncology department.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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