By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Delivering and serving the homebound (DASH) served up lunch for the community during the organization’s first luncheon fundraiser and silent auction Wednesday at the Gainesville Civic Center.
The event included a $1,000 check presentation to DASH administrator Mary Klement from the Gainesville Rotary Club, a long time DASH supporter.
“We are so grateful to all the volunteers in our community and for all our contributors who have blessed DASH with donations and countless volunteer hours through the years,” Klement said. “The Rotary Club is one of several organizations that have supported DASH since 1993 when I was first asked to take on the position of administrator.”
DASH does not receive any federal funding and exists only on private donations. The service delivers hot noon meals to homebound individuals on weekends and holidays when Meals on Wheels deliveries are not made.
Klement added that the fundraiser was important this year because donations are down and the additional funds were needed to restore depleted funds.
Monica Laux has worked with the agency since 2008 and said that Gainesville is an “amazingly” generous city and that Klement keeps everything organized and flowing smoothly.
Driving from her home in Bryan to assist with the luncheon, Klement’s daughter Elizabeth Winkley spoke highly of her mother’s giving spirit through the years.
“I remember working with my mom when I was just a little girl helping to deliver meals,” Winkley said. “She taught me the importance of giving back to a community especially to those who are homebound.”
Winkley continued, “Sometimes even spending just a few minutes talking to people and delivering a hot meal will make their whole day and you might be the only contact they have with the outside world. They look forward to a few minutes of conversation.”
Winkley, a graduate of Texas A&M University said that she and her siblings have learned from their mother that to serve others is a privilege and is now part of each of their every day lives.
“It is not a hard thing to do,” Winkley said. “We pick up the meals, drive our vehicles and make deliveries. Anyone can do it. It is a little thing really but it makes a big difference to a lot of people including us.”
The final tally of funds raised during the luncheon and silent auction have not yet been determined.
Select Energy provided the lunch for the fundraiser.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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