Altrusa International of Washington C.H. sponsored one of the major local events that took place on Saturday, when most of the 170 people who had purchased tickets in advance to the club’s fifth-annual Loving Spoonsful tasting luncheon showed up at the Commission on Aging prepared to enjoy a feast.
At least a third of the diners had attended in previous years.
The luncheon, featuring 78 dishes from Altrusa members as well as a dozen “Friends of Altrusa,” is the primary fundraiser of an organization with a single focus: “Leading to a Better Community.” This year, profits will benefit the COA’s Meals on Wheels senior nutrition program; Miami Trace Elementary School’s “Right to Read” literacy program; and scholarships awarded each spring to female graduates from both Washington and Miami Trace high schools.
Attendees to the “Loving Spoonsful” fundraiser were able to taste 78 different dishes that were included in this year’s Altrusa Loving Spoonsful Cookbook.
This year’s Altrusa “Loving Spoonsful” fundraiser included 78 different dishes made by various Altrusa members and friends of Altrusa.
Alice Craig lays down the ground rules for the annual Altrusa “A Loving Spoonsful” fundraiser that was held on Saturday at the Commission on Aging.
Shown socializing at one of the tables are (clockwise, starting from left) Mary Lorane Davis, Debbie Roby (a “Friend of Altrusa”), Ron Coe, Liz Rea (another “Friend of Altrusa”), Clarabelle Yellets and Maybelle Jones.
Heading up the luncheon project in 2015 (from left): Service Committee/Loving Spoonsful co-chairs Glenna Parsley and Gamma White, and Diana Kirkpatrick, who introduced the fundraiser five years ago and has continued to oversee the souvenir cookbook given to each attendee.
Altrusa’s profits from Loving Spoonsful come from the sales of admission tickets, a silent auction of themed baskets created by the club’s five committees, and additional goodies available that day. Participants were encouraged by Altrusa President Alice Craig to keep in mind the club’s intensely local focus and to be generous with their money. This winning family— clearly a major supporter of Altrusa—are (from left) Rhodamae Cartwright, Loren Cartwright, Mary Ellen Cartwright and Allison Barga.