Fallbrook Senior Center to benefit from tavern fundraiser

FALLBROOK – A Fallbrook tavern will host a fundraising event on Sunday, June 9 to benefit the Fallbrook Senior Center’s meals program.

The event, which is being organized by the staff of Ron’s Red Eye Saloon, was announced during a recent meeting of the Senor Center’s general membership.

“We want to raise money for the meals program, but we also want to raise awareness for your thrift shop,” Hope Willis, a representative of the business, said during her brief presentation. “There are so many people who don’t know about that.”

Center directors applauded the offer and said they always welcome the support of local businesses, service clubs and public agencies.

The event will begin about 2 p.m. and a band, City Limits, is set to perform from 3 p.m. until about 6 p.m. Funds will be raised through a raffle and donations from patrons who will sponsor one or more lunches that are served to seniors at the Fallbrook Community Center or via home delivery. The business expects to offer gift certificates, rounds of golf, salon products, and other items as raffle prizes, Willis said.

The tavern has sponsored other fundraising events in the past for such causes as breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Ron’s Red Eye Saloon is located at 1448 S. Mission Road in Fallbrook, across the street from Jack-In-The-Box. It was named after Ron Youngmark, who founded the business about three decades ago. Youngmark died about 10 years ago.

In recent years, Senior Center directors have increased their efforts to organize and hold events and activities aimed at offsetting the rising deficits incurred by its nutrition program. The mushrooming costs of food, fuel, packaging and other components have made it increasingly important for the center to seek community support in offering the weekday meals service.

The nonprofit club is the designated agency that provides low-cost senior meals in the Fallbrook, Rainbow, Bonsall and De Luz areas. About 11,400 lunches are served each year on a five-day a week basis in a county facility near the senior center. Another 16,800 lunches are delivered each year to homebound seniors.

The senior center also raises funds through its bingo games as well as its recently-expanded thrift shop. Volunteers are sought for all of the center’s programs and activities. Call (760) 728-4498 to volunteer or obtain more information on the center or its programs.

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