The community is invited to a casino night fundraiser on Thursday, April
26. This evening of casino games and dinner will support Meals with a
Mission through St. John’s Hospital Foundation. Meals with a Mission
provides 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. Children under 12 are free. 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 using recipes from the American Cancer Institute
and other cancer-specific resources and incorporating organic ingredients
when possible. Patients and their families select 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.
According to one patient, “I am so appreciative of these meals being
delivered right to my home, as some days I am just not feeling well enough
to get to the store. Thank you to the generosity of these great people
who do this every week. The food has been fabulous!”
Joni Upsher, volunteer services coordinator at St. John’s Medical
Center, founded Meals with a Mission in 2015. Joni was a former restaurant
owner and high school culinary arts teacher. 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. “This program has brought
joy to the patients and the volunteers who give their time to cook every
week,” said Joni. “It’s a small, but powerful, gift
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 inquire about Casino Night, or to make a gift to support Meals with
a Mission, please contact Mary Katherine King 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,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic
support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s
Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence,
and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please
contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or