Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, left, and State Rep. Joanne Osborne, right, will be recognized with the yearly Community Impact award.

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit senior meal delivery program, will host its annual fundraising gala from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 12.

The annual Party for Joy, themed “A Roaring ’20s Affair,” will be hosted from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the Tuscany Falls Ballroom at PebbleCreek in Goodyear.

Each year, the gala recognizes individuals who make a significant impact on the local senior community. And this year’s distinguished Community Impact honorees are Arizona Rep. Joanne Osborne and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck.

“The individuals chosen for this year’s Community Impact award embody the true spirit of community leadership and dedication to those in need. Both have served the West Valley in leadership roles tirelessly for years to ensure that we are making the community we live in the best it can be,” Meals of Joy founder Larry Cervarich said.

Meals of Joy was founded as a nonprofit in 2015 to offer fresh, delicious and hand-delivered meals to seniors who are unable to cook for themselves or are on a limited budget. In Arizona alone, 17% of the senior population is at risk of going hungry. Every day, they make the impossible choice between basic needs such as health care or a healthy meal.

Currently, Meals of Joy provides fresh, healthy and ready-to-eat meals to seniors five days a week. Meal price is determined by income and meals are delivered to locations throughout the West Valley, and wherever volunteer drivers are available. Since its inception, the program has grown steadily in client numbers, and now more than 800 meals a month are being delivered to seniors.

Event proceeds will benefit the fund that helps Meals for Joy provide lower income seniors with meals.

This year’s black-tie optional gala will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and live musical entertainment. A silent auction and “gift card grab bag” will also be hosted. Guests can purchase a grab bag that will guarantee a gift card valued at $25 but some are worth more.

The ballroom at PebbleCreek is located at 16262 W. Clubhouse Drive in Goodyear. Gala tickets are $95. Tickets can be purchased at the Meals of Joy website, scosic.org.