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SAGE Eldercare to Celebrate 50 Years of Meals on Wheels

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SUMMIT, NJ – On Wednesday, November 30, SAGE Eldercare will celebrate 50 years of Meals on Wheels at Canoe Brook Country Club, 1108 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills. The RSVP deadline is Monday, November 14.

 The evening will include cocktails and a dinner, as well as a few words by Kathleen DiChiara, one of the evening’s honorees. DiChiara is the founder and former President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Another honoree is Joan Hoffmann, the longest-serving Meals on Wheels volunteer in the nation, who served with SAGE for 47 years and who passed away in April 2016.

 The event will include a silent auction of about 50 items, including ticket packages for Jets, Giants, and Yankees games, a race car driving experience, spa and beauty-related packages, entertainment and dining certificates, a Macy’s Thanksgiving parade experience for 2017, gifts, and more. A flag flown over the New Jersey capitol, along with a proclamation to congratulate SAGE for its Meals on Wheels 50th anniversary, will be presented from Congressman Leonard Lance’s office. Brian Cavallucci, Subaru of America’s National Advertising Manager, will speak about Subaru’s support of Meals on Wheels and the Share the Love project.

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SAGE serves about 44,000 meals to nearly 250 clients annually in 10 communities, all of which have issued proclamations to celebrate the Meals on Wheels 50th anniversary. Sponsors of the event include Merck Foundation, Overlook Medical Center, PNC Wealth Management, St. Teresa of Avila Church, TD Bank, and Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C. Corporate partners include Meals on Wheels America, Merck Foundation, Subaru, and Walmart. Community partners include Bridges, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Linden Meals on Wheels, Loaves & Fishes of St. Teresa of Avila Church, and Summit Helping Its People (SHIP).

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of Meals on Wheels at SAGE, not just delivering nutritious meals, but also friendly smiles and safety checks for older adults in our community,” said Angela Sullivan, SAGE Eldercare Executive Director. “The event will be a great way to benefit SAGE and the many services we have to help older adults age in the comfort of their own homes.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $300 to $7,500 and include tickets and program and e-journal advertising. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, call Sunanda Sharma at 908.598.5504 or email ssharma@sageeldercare.org.

About SAGE Eldercare

Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves amazing places to age.  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible.  From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes.  SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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