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La Concina Mexican Restaurant recently went all out to support Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels and the effort to feed hungry seniors in Fort Bend and Waller counties.
On Saturday, April 27, La Cocina in Richmond ‚ÄĒ with the help of staff and volunteers ‚ÄĒ transformed into a Cinco de Mayo festival with more than 300 people attending the 14th annual fundraiser. The event included food, drinks, professional dancers, music, raffles, a wine pull, and silent and life auctions.
According to a news release, ‚ÄúLocal residents John Tipton and Dan Martinez won live auction items at the 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser valued at more than $4,000, making them the star bidders of the evening. FBS and La Cocina anticipate more than $73,000 was raised for seniors in need at the event, enough to provide 20 local seniors a daily meal for one full year. A check presentation from La Cocina is scheduled for May 30 at Skeeters Stadium, as part of the game-opening ceremony.‚ÄĚ
Fort Bend Seniors serves senior citizens 60 and older living in Fort Bend and Waller Counties. For active seniors, the organization ‚Äúprovides hot meals and daily recreation activities at 12 congregate center locations. For home-bound seniors, FBS provides daily and weekly hot meal deliveries through a network of staff and volunteer drivers.‚ÄĚ
The annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser was started by Andres Novoa, owner of La Cocina, after he heard about FBS in 2005.
‚ÄúLearning that local elders struggle to afford or prepare meals, Novoa launched one of the longest running fundraisers for Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels,‚ÄĚ according to the news release. ‚ÄúLa Cocina staff and Novoa‚Äôs family have also taken up the mission of helping seniors in need, many volunteering their time to assist with the event.
Guests for this year‚Äôs event included Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, Congressman Pete Olson, Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton, Constable Mike Beard, City of Meadows Place Alderman John Isbell, former District Attorney John Healey, and many honorable judges including Ken Cannata, Gary Janssen, Juli Mathew and Brenda Mullinix. Fort Bend County Judge KP George spoke of the work that FBS does for seniors in the community.
Businesses supporting this year‚Äôs event included Adam Pisani: Allstate Insurance; Classic Chevrolet; EastProLaw; Feeding My Soul; Final Touch Roofing; Finnegan Auto; The Fry Law Firm; Insperity; Johanson & Fairless; Junker Financial Advisors; OCuSOFT; Petrosewicz Law Firm; Staff Force; and Treemont Retirement Community. FBS received in-kind donations from Misa Rox Photography, OCuSOFT and Classic Chevrolet.
To join the fight to end senior hunger and isolation, visit www.fortbendseniors.org or call 281-633-7049.