Fundraisers planned for Meals on Wheels of Durham

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

Three fundraisers will be held this fall to benefit Meals on Wheels of Durham, a nonprofit that provides meals to home-bound older people in Durham County.
A dance party will be held starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lounge at 1803 W. Markham Ave. The mobile vendor Will and Pop’s will be on-site selling food. Ten percent of proceeds from the evening will go to the nonprofit.
The fitness studio SYNCSTUDIO is hosting an in-studio bike-a-thon from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 to raise money for the nonprofit.
Participants are encouraged to create teams of up to four people, who will each ride for one, 45-minute session. Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $50. For information, go to the website http://www.syncstudio.net/durham/social/mealsonwheels.
The Sonam Chorus will hold its first concert of its 2013-14 season on Nov. 16. The concert will be held at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road. The concert will begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels of Durham.
Gale Adland, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Durham, said about half the nonprofit’s funding comes from a contract with the Durham County Department of Social Services. That funding has been threatened by the federal government shutdown.
The other half comes from fundraisers, grants and donations, Adland said. The nonprofit has stepped up its fundraising efforts in case the shutdown continues, or if the county, which is planning to backfill gaps in federal funding, decides to fund other programs.
“In any case, even if the government resumes operations, we need to raise money to feed the other half of the people in our program,” she said.