Airdrie Meals on Wheels has teamed up with CanAm Wrestling, hosting a live professional wrestling event to raise money for the Airdrie foundation to purchase meals for local residents.
The evening of wrestling shows returns to Airdrie on August 25, with wrestlers taking the stage at 7pm at the Town and Country Centre.
According to Lois Jones, Communications and Media Volunteer for Airdrie Meals on Wheels, guests can expect to see some “brand fighters” in action, including The Cheetahbear, Beautiful Bobby SHARP and The Zombie Killer Mentallo.
The wrestlers will also host photo opportunities and autograph sessions.
A portion of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to Meals on Wheels, while 100 percent of the 50/50 raffle will sponsor the volunteer-run foundation. Jones expects to sell out the event, with a total of 300 attendees.
Ringside VIP tickets are $30, adult tickets are $20, youth tickets ages five to 15 are $10, and there is no cost of admission for those under five. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/3JhtggU or by emailing [email protected]
For the hungry wrestling fan, Big T’s Barbecue will serve plenty of food options, including beef on a bun. Jones said alcoholic beverages, sodas, candy and chips will also be available for purchase.
Founded in 1983, Airdrie Meals on Wheels has provided residents with healthy food options delivered right to their doorstep for nearly 40 years.
“Meals on Wheels provides nutritious prepared meals to Airdrie residents who, for whatever reason, are unable to shop, snack and prepare meals for themselves,” explained Jones.
The Airdrie-based foundation plans to use the funds raised from the wrestling event to support the costs of the food used at each meal, which have risen steadily this year due to inflation.
Meals on Wheels uses a sliding scale based on a customer’s income to determine the price of a meal for each customer. Fundraising efforts mean the organization can subsidize the cost for residents.
Although all residents can access Meals on Wheels regardless of their economic status, Jones said some people who use the service need help, and being able to offer those in need a healthy, less expensive meal option is important to the foundation.
“In fact, we believe that everyone deserves a nutritious meal, regardless of the circumstances,” Jones said, adding that anyone can be in an unforeseen and unexpected situation without support. Meals on Wheels can step in and relieve some stress by providing prepared food for your customers.
This year, Meals on Wheels has been supplying about 350 meals a month to Airdrie residents, according to Jones.
“It really is proof that he is an integral part of the community,” he said.
Those who wish to use the Meals on Wheels service can visit bit.ly/3zK8iEs