GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

February 8, 2013

Senior Lookout: Valentine's benefit a tribute to 'Charlie'

Senior Lookout
Anne Springer

---- — SeniorCare Inc. is honoring a very special gentleman this year by dedicating the 39th Annual Meals on Wheels Valentine Breakfast fund-raiser to Charles McIntosh, who supported the breakfast and its mission of insuring good nutrition for homebound seniors for many years.

Despite good intentions and having already purchased tickets for himself and “his girls,” Charlie couldn’t attend last year due to poor health. An original member of the Friends of Meals on Wheels group which started the breakfast, he was steadfast in his support for the remainder of his life. He passed away on March 9, 2012.

“Charlie McIntosh epitomized the spirit of the Valentine Breakfast with his infectious good humor and the entourage of friends and relatives he brought each year to help support the event,” said Linnea Hagberg, SeniorCare Nutrition Program director. “We gratefully acknowledge his decades of support of Meals on Wheels as both a volunteer driver and a champion of the breakfast.”

Charlie started as a volunteer, after his wife passed away in 1982, “for something to do” and ended up by becoming a role model for community service and spirit. It is that spirit that binds a community together, and which will help insure that the seniors of Cape Ann are always respected and cared for.

It isn’t just individuals who contribute to a caring community, however. Businesses with community spirit can also have lasting impact on the people of an area.

The two premier business sponsors of the Valentine Breakfast are The Gloucester House Restaurant, which is hosting the event again this year, and Associated Home Care, which is providing a small gift for each attendee (this writer would tell you, but surprises are fun – come to the breakfast).

Other sponsors are ABC Home Healthcare, AllCare Resources, Amramp, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Cape Ann Transportation Operating Co., Caregiver Homes, Elder Service Plan of the North Shore (PACE), First Ipswich Bank, Glovsky & Glovsky, Gorton’s, Harborlight Community Partners, Hospice of the North Shore, Liquor Locker, Lucky 7 Arcade, Mahoney’s Insurance, Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department, North Shore Elder Services, Paws for Praise Dog Training, People’s United Bank, Rockport Savings Bank, Sidekim Foods, Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, TDBank, TLC at Home, and United Healthcare Community Plan.

A complete list, with a link to each sponsor’s site, is available at: http://www.seniorcareinc.org/current-38.html. These companies are all supporting the Meals on Wheels program with their donations, which is tremendously important this year in view of some expected budget shortfalls in the next several years, due to a formula change in funding for the nutrition program.

The 39th Annual Meals on Wheels Valentine breakfast takes place at The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester, on Feb. 14 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

All proceeds benefit the SeniorCare Meals on Wheels program, which brings a meal right to the door for frail and homebound elders.

Anne Springer is the public relations director of SeniorCare Inc., Cape Ann’s local area agency on aging. To reach SeniorCare, call 978-281-1750.