26th Annual Annie’s Chat & Chew

For 26 years, Annie’s Chat and Chew has raised money for Lubbock Meals on Wheels.  This fundraiser was started by long-time volunteer, Annie Sanders, and is continued in her memory.  This year’s Chat & Chew will be at the Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Avenue, on Saturday April 14, 2018 from 11:00a.m. -1:00p.m (come & go).  For a donation of $10.00, guests will enjoy some of the best fried catfish and other homemade dishes in town.  Come on out, visit with old friends, make new ones, and remember a very special woman.  All donations benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels, helping people remain at home, well fed, and independent.

WHO:  Lubbock Meals on Wheels

WHAT:  Annie’s Chat & Chew

WHEN:  Saturday April 14, 11a.m.-1p.m.

WHERE:  Mae Simmons Senior Center, 2004 Oak Ave.

Annie Sanders began volunteering for Lubbock Meals on Wheels in 1985.  Over the years, she supported Lubbock Meals on Wheels in many ways.  Annie served on the board, she was a drive, and she became an integral fundraiser.  Annie coordinated a group of fellow church members who picked up a weekly route.  The church continues to deliver to this day. In addition to all of her other activities, Annie found time each Friday to assist with preparing the donated flowers to be delivered on all the routes.  In 1991, Annie began an annual fundraiser that is held each spring.  With the exception of 2001, this event has taken place every year.  Eventually the event was named in her honor.  It is now known as Annie’s Chat & Chew.  Annie’s Chat & Chew began as a party for friends and neighbors that Annie held in her home.  During this event, Annie asked for donations for Lubbock Meals on Wheels.  Once the fundraiser outgrew her home it was relocated to the Mae Simmons Senior Center.  It was a unique way for Annie to involve her neighborhood in Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ mission and programs.  Even during her lengthy illness, Annie remained involved with Lubbock Meals on Wheels and telephoned periodically to inquire about our needs.  After Annie passed away, her son (Mark Sanders), daughter in law (Pam Sanders), and dear friend (Betty Domingo) continued this fundraiser in her honor.

We are grateful to Annie, and her family and friends, for this wonderful legacy.  Annie truly knew how to take care of her community and give back.  She taught us many valuable lessons.  And we appreciate all of the support that we continue to receive.  Thank you, Annie.