Co-chairs Julie Hidy and Melynda Iles of the local Altrusa’s “Loving Spoonsful Tasting Luncheon” and their committee spent the Friday afternoon of Oct. 26 at the Commission on Aging, setting up for the club’s eighth-annual major fundraiser. Selected as recipients of every dollar of the 2018 gross proceeds: the COA’s Meals on Wheels, Fayette County Head Start, and one $500 scholarship winner from one of the county’s public high schools. This year the major cost of printing the souvenir cookbook was borne by Kroger, whose Washington C.H. store manager is Altrusan Shelia Johnson.
Washington High School’s DECA club is aided by Altrusa International of Washington C.H. as its business & industry advisory council; and approximately a dozen young DECA members reciprocated by helping during Friday’s set-up, then Saturday’s actual luncheon and the subsequent clean-up. Pictured (from left) are Trevor Minyo, DECA vice president for leadership; Sam Schroeder, DECA secretary/treasurer; Troi Penwell, Altrusa recording secretary; David Penwell, DECA advisor & business teacher at Washington High School; and Blaise Tayese, DECA president.
All 180 of the $10 meal tickets had long since been sold for the 2018 fundraiser luncheon, but the proceeds are increased dramatically each year by the diners participating in a silent auction for elaborate themed baskets put together by Altrusa’s five committees, and/or buying tickets for both small and large prizes. This year, 22 local businesses also generously donated prizes or made financial contributions: Club Apartments, Valero, The Willow Restaurant, YMCA, Pettit Enterprises, First State Bank, Marquee Construction, Back En Thyme, Holiday Inn Express, Amore Pizzeria, Record-Herald, Fox Jewelers, Kroger, Robin’s Nest Flowers/Gifts, Trends, Village Homestead, Rusty Keg, Creative Court House, Summer Breeze Tanning Co., Razor’s Edge Salon, Donatos and Gil & Bill Stoer. Photographed on Friday while arranging several of the smaller prizes is Altrusan Debra Corbell-Grover, who with Altrusan Sara Creamer handled the ticket sales and drawing of prize winners during the Saturday luncheon.
Several clubs and family groups attended Altrusa’s eighth-annual “Loving Spoonsful.” First in the long line when doors opened at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Commission on Aging were these six members of “Dazzzling Divas” (yes, the extra “Z” is deliberate). This Red Hat society, founded in 2003 and the only local club of this kind still in existence, occupied three tables at its festive birthday celebration for this month. Shown are (from left) Rozella McArthur, Annetta Smith, Cathie Littleton, Wanda Streitenberger, Vera Gross and Norita McMunn.
Four different corners of the large COA meeting room held four long tables—brightly decorated in Altrusa’s colors of teal, navy blue, yellow and red—which in turn held a total of over 70 dishes supplied by club members as well as by 10 “Friends of Altrusa”: Liz Rea, Patty Ondrus, Dal Craig-Crawford, Robin Dolphin, Jeanne Immell, Debbie Roby, Carolyn Reinwald, Kathy Barton, Nicki Phillips and Amy Ford. Luncheon-goers were asked to take only a tablespoon’s worth of food from any dish that appealed to them; the souvenir cookbook’s recipes could later be used at home to duplicate favorite choices. All remaining food was delivered directly to Rose Avenue Community Center for its Saturday-evening community meal. Pictured overseeing the yellow table are DECA member Ashlynn Thevenot and Altrusan Nancy Hammond.
Elaine Crutcher, new president of Altrusa International of Washington C.H., emceed the luncheon, with PA-system assistance from DECA officer Trevor Minyo. Three generations of Crutcher’s family again attended the event.
The Loren Cartwrights are the family group that consistently has been the largest contributor to each year’s “Loving Spoonsful” fundraiser since the inaugural event in 2011. Daughter Rhodamae (Cartwright) McMurray is a former Altrusan herself; and the family appreciates that gross proceeds are all donated back into the community. Shown with their colorful silent-auction winnings are (from left) friend Brandilyn Michel, McMurray, Clayton Cartwright, Allison (Cartwright) Barga, Loren Cartwright and Mary Ellen Cartwright.