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The funds help LCHRC deliver more than 500 meals a day through its Meals on Wheels program or 120,000 a year.
“This might be the only contact these people have during the day and the only meal,” said Lisa Spann, board treasurer.
Each meal costs about $6, she said. Government funding covers $4.95, leaving $160,000 a year to be raised locally.
“That does not include the individuals and senior citizens who are on a waiting list,” Spann said. “Keep your focus on the cause.”
A live auction raised more than $14,000, including the traditional “king cake” that sold for $1,400. The goal each year is to have it bring at least $1,200 — the amount it takes to feed a person for one year.
More funds were raised through a silent auction and donations for personalized photographs.