Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian Donates to Local Charities

Greg Vafiades accepted donation on behalf of Shining Light Garden Foundation from Sharon Mikesell at Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian, Florida.
Greg Vafiades accepted donation on behalf of Shining Light Garden Foundation from Sharon Mikesell at Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – The Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian held its annual charitable funds’ disbursement at the club’s May 2019 meeting.

Club member Sharon Mikesell presented checks totaling $2,000 during the event. A vote of the membership chose the recipients and a representative from each beneficiary was present to receive a gift of $500.

Each recipient depends upon donations of time and money to provide their services.

The ones selected this year were:

  • The Ecumenical Food Pantry – provides meals to needy Treasure Coast individuals.
  • Shining Light Garden Foundation, Inc. – grows fresh vegetables to help feed the homeless, hungry and forgotten.
  • SOS Cookies (Send Our Soldiers Cookies) – bakes and ships cookies to American military serving oversees. Money is needed for shipping costs.
  • Sebastian River High School Culinary Program – purchases food used in class instruction and meals served to groups.

The Welcome Wagon Club is a non-profit known for welcoming newcomers to our community.

Sharon Mikesell presents donation to Eric Boscovich, SRHS Culinary Program teacher.
Sharon Mikesell presents donation to Eric Boscovich, SRHS Culinary Program teacher.
Grace Follett accepted donation on behalf of The Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Grace Follett accepted donation on behalf of The Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Lornna Mitchell accepted donation on behalf of S.O.S Cookies from Sharon Mikesell.
Lornna Mitchell accepted donation on behalf of S.O.S Cookies from Sharon Mikesell.

In addition to welcoming new residents, the club has grown into an organization that supports local needs. Our main concern today is raising funds to help local charities – ones that support local people in their everyday lives.

The Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian holds two large fundraisers per year and is always in need of fresh ideas and volunteers. One hundred percent of all funds raised go directly to charities.

The Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant for lunch, planning and fellowship.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact co-president Deanna Randolph (401) 465-3447 for more information.

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