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Gateway Sertoma Club donates $35,000 to Tabitha Meals on Wheels

From left: Ron Grebe and Charlie Huff, Gateway Sertoma; Stan Vasa, president, Gateway Sertoma; Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO, Tabitha; Heath Stukenholtz, vice president, Tabitha Foundation; Al Borchardt, Gateway Sertoma; and Chandler Tyrrell, director, Tabitha Foundation.

The Gateway Sertoma Club of Lincoln recently presented a $35,000 check to support Tabitha Meals on Wheels. The check was given at Tabitha’s annual celebratory breakfast hosting members of the Sertoma Club following its 10th annual golf tournament.

“We are proud and humbled by yet another generous gift from this incredibly generous organization,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Gateway Sertoma has been a loyal partner and benefactor for many years, and the giving spirit of its membership does not go unnoticed, particularly by the more than 400 clients who receive Tabitha Meals on Wheels each and every day.”

Tournament proceeds came from a variety of corporate sponsors, individual donors, silent auction items and a record 160-plus golfers. KLKN-TV took home the trophy and bragging rights as the winner of the tournament’s annual corporate media challenge. Next year’s tournament is June 7, 2013.

Operating 365 days per year, Tabitha Meals on Wheels is the oldest—and today, the only—such program in Lincoln. Its volunteer drivers deliver hot, nutritious meals to Elders in their homes and provide a critical safety check for seniors in the community. More than 70 percent of Tabitha Meals on Wheels recipients cannot afford the $5.50 per meal cost, and it is only because of the generosity of donors like the Gateway Sertoma Club that Tabitha can continue to say ‘yes’ to all in need, regardless of financial resources.

Gateway Sertoma has given back to the Lincoln community for 50 years. The 50-member club has raised more than $1 million for organizations including Tabitha, the Barkley Center for Scholarships and the Nebraska Hearing Aid Bank.

Gateway Sertoma Raises $30,000 for Tabitha Meals on Wheels

Pictured from left to right: Tabitha Meals on Wheels Coordinators, Susie Brown, Lori Teaford, Tabitha CEO-Christie Hinrichs, Charlie Huff, Heath Stukenholtz, Ron Grebe, Al Borchardt, Chan Tyrrell

Gateway Sertoma Club of Lincoln members presented Tabitha Health Care Services President and CEO, Christie Hinrichs, with a check for $30,000 to support Tabitha Meals on Wheels. The proceeds came directly from the group’s 9th annual golf tournament on June 10.

The generous donation will provide for more than 5,400 hot meals to Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients. The program serves an average of over 400 meals a day to Lincoln individuals who can no longer prepare a hot meal. Seventy percent of clients are unable to pay the $5.50 cost for a meal because of financial constraints.

Proceeds from the tournament were raised by sponsors, donors, silent auction items and a record 128 golfers. Also involved were teams from the Lincoln Journal Star and KLKN-TV who competed head to head in the Corporate Media Challenge. KLKN-TV came out on top to earn bragging rights and the tournament trophy.

Next year’s 10th anniversary Sertoma Golf Tournament to benefit Tabitha Meals on Wheels is scheduled for June 8, 2012.

Gateway SERTOMA, dedicated to SERvice TO MAnkind, has been contributing to the Lincoln community for fifty years. The club holds weekly breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Grandmothers, 6940 A St.