Beth-El Center New Gala Award Ceremony to Honor Community Champions

Beth-El Center’s annual ‘Light the Way’ Spring Gala fundraiser on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 will include a new awards ceremony where long-time supporters of the Center will be presented with Beth-El Champion Awards.

The Champion Awards recognize and honor an individual and a business that has shown exemplary commitment and has made long-standing contributions to Beth-El Center and our mission to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford community.

The Beth-El Individual ‘Champion Award’ will be given to Richard Meisenheimer, managing director of the Meisenheimer Foundation in Milford. Rich served on Beth-El’s Board of Directors for six years and continues to serve on Beth-El’s Advisory Committee. His diligent oversight during some of the turbulent years guided the Beth-El Center towards the solid financial ground it now enjoys. Rich’s individual donations and funds from the Meisenheimer Foundation have been used to directly support and grow our emergency shelter and soup kitchen services and have positioned us to provide growing services such as our Outreach and Engagement program. He has continually offered sound perspective, outreach and financial support of Beth-El’s events and fundraisers.

According to Jenn Paradis, Beth-El’s Executive Director, “Rich is a generous and caring person who has been one of the Center’s most ardent supporters. He’s been a committed and valued advocate for many years—a role model of an ideal Board member. We’re grateful for him and the impact he’s had on our organization.”

The Beth-El Business ‘Champion Award’ will be bestowed on Bobette Moore and Gary Caulfield, co-owners of Bobette’s Take Out in Milford. Over ten years ago, Bobette's Take Out started their 'Butternut Buddy Month' annual tradition where a portion of their butternut squash soup sales is donated to Beth-El Center every February.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Bobette’s Take Out for their long term fundraising commitment to the Beth-El Center. As a small business, they’ve truly shown their care for people experiencing homeless and hunger in our area,” says Paradis.

Gala and awards ceremony tickets are $100 per person. Enjoy a festive evening while helping those experiencing homelessness and hunger in the Milford area. To sponsor the event or to secure tickets, please visit www.bethelmilford.org/gala or call 203.876.0747.

To date, the Gala’s majors sponsors include: Gold Level Sponsor Subway; Silver Level Sponsors: Bismark Construction, Meisenheimer Foundation, Milford Rotary, Suzanne & Michael Lyngaas and Thom & Shelley Bach.

Visit www.bethelmilford.org for more information.



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