the well

By QUINT QUALLS

The biggest annual fundraiser event for Spring Hill’s local food pantry nonprofit, The Well Outreach, is approaching.

For the first time, individual tickets are available for The Well Gala, which is slated for Thursday, Sept. 15.

Alison Worden, executive director of The Well, said she is hopeful the community that supports the nonprofit so well with food donations will also plan to buy a seat or two for its biggest fundraiser of the year.

However, The Well is currently experiencing a shortage of several of its pantry staples. Staff announced last week that the pantry is low on or out of cereal, vegetable or chicken noodle soup, stuffing and spaghetti sauce.

Donations may be dropped off at The Well’s food pantry, located at 5226 Main Street, Suite 5, which is open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Other drop-off sites include Olympus Gym, B&B Pharmacy, Spring Hill Public Library, Williamson Pediatric Dentistry, Cartridge World, Smiles on Main Family Dentistry and Capital Bank.

The Well Gala takes place at the Homestead Manor event barn, Worden said, with “unforgettable ambiance, a fabulous meal included with appetizers and a main course, a photo booth, a string quartet as well as a both live and silent auctions.”

The Well Gala charity event is held once a year and is designed to provide funding for The Well Outreach and its food pantry serving Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove and northern Columbia, as well as funding for developing other supplemental non-perishable feeding programs for school-aged children and youth.

Dress for The Well Gala is semi-formal/cocktail and check-in at the event will start at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online via this link to Eventbrite.com.  As of Wednesday night, 53 tickets remain available for purchase.

Each ticket includes a meal, appetizers, two drink tickets and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Well Outreach.

The Well started 10 years ago out of WellSpring Christian Church and has since incorporated into its own entity, expanding its reach and services for those in need in Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove and now northern Columbia.

The nonprofit is able to open its food stores four mornings and two evenings each week and it hosts several mobile food pantries a year. Last year there were 1,362 visits to the pantry and 11,000 JetPacks — food backpacks for children to take home over the weekends — were provided in local schools.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at quint@springhillhomepage.com.

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