Summer Soiree to Benefit Meals on Wheels was a Magical Evening

On a sunny summer evening in August, 176 guests came together in the gardens at the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) to celebrate and raise critical funds for the organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The Soiree is the signature fundraising event for the Meals on Wheels program, and the night was a tremendous success, raising $50,000 in support of local home-bound seniors.

Members of the OPC, the local community, corporate partners, and elected officials all enjoyed a sunset champagne reception amidst the gardens which are carefully cultivated by the OPC Garden Club, led by Nancy Szerlag. D&A Duo provided lively background music for guests to roam the gardens, enjoy a silent auction, complete with enticing items including jewelry, activities, gifts and goods donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Croquet and other lawn games completed the outdoor entertainment.  

The evening moved inside the OPC facility to a lavishly and delightfully decorated space where everyone enjoyed a delicious strolling dinner catered by Kruse & Muer. The night’s second act began when the curtain raised and dancing began with the band, Blind Justice playing fan favorites that got everyone up and moving.

Funds raised from the Soiree support OPC’s Meals on Wheels program which provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors living in multiple northeastern Oakland County communities including Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Addison, Auburn Hills, Brandon, Independence Township, Lake Orion and Oxford. OPC’s Meals on Wheels provides more than 1,700 meals each week to home-bound seniors. Each home delivered meal represents not only nutrition, but an essential wellness check for isolated seniors who may not otherwise have daily contact with others.

The Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) provides something for everyone 50+ with a wide array of personal enrichment, fitness, aquatic, social and travel offerings. The center also offers supportive senior services such as Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Service, Transportation and more. Residents 50+ of the City of Rochester Hills, City of Rochester and Charter Township of Oakland are invited to register for programs and activities at the 90,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Visit the center or call 248-656-1403 for more information.

Photos by Michael Dwyer of Rochester Media

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