TMM basket gala draws nearly 400

WARREN — Nearly 400 people gathered Saturday for the Trumbull Mobile Meals 11th annual basket extravaganza gala, which is the agency’s main fundraiser to help raise money to provide meals to local residents.

Jean Schlecht, founder and board member of Trumbull Mobile Meals, said 50 tables were filled with guests who had a chance to bid on 150 basket items.

”This our best event ever. We sold out this year,” she said of the 368 tickets sold.

Also last week, the hundreds of volunteers who deliver the meals to area residents were honored for their service. Honored at volunteer recognition luncheon was the Nifty 90s Club who were honored by the Trumbull County commissioners.

Schlecht, 89, said the Nifty 90s group includes six members who are all 90 or older who help pack meals and deliver them five days per week.

”They are a really fantastic group. Of course I feel all of our volunteers are fantastic,” she said.

The Nifty 90s are Alice Chickering, Mary Nuzzi, Bill Peyko, Bob Sauer, Florence Wilson and Publio Zampedro.

Schlecht said she and others 47 years ago started TMM making sure residents had meals.

”I am very proud of that,” she said.

Becky Edwards, executive director TMM, said Frank Morrison and Andrea Taylor both received the ”Marcia C. Schneider Volunteer of the Year Award.”

The award is presented to volunteers who have been with Mobile Meals at least five years and go ”above and beyond in what they do to help.”

Gussie Reed, board president, said, ”Without the volunteers, Trumbull Mobile Meals could not do all it does with the help. Our volunteers are very important to us.”

The theme of the luncheon was ”Volunteers: A Gift to the Community,” with volunteers honored for years of service.

Honored for 45 years was Evelyn Carbone; 40 years, David Snyder; 30 years, Keith Bowser and Hema Patel; 25 years, John Barnhart and Richard Lytle; 20 years, Janet Cook and James Franklin.

Recognition was also given to more than 55 new volunteers.

The Mobile Meals traveling Chinese auction will be Nov. 24 to Dec. 9 at the Eastwood Mall.