Proceeds from a benefit dinner to be held Nov. 2 will help make up for the deficit.

The Molalla Adult Community Center is seeking help from the community to make up for a recent deficit in state and county funding.

The center has lost funding for 4,200 meals due to the Sequester, for a total of $7,500. The center’s assistant director, Lauri Burns, said the lost funding took place prior to the government shut-down.

“We will not know how the shutdown will affect the adult center until the end of the month,” Burns said Friday.

The center has so far secured funding for about half of the above mentioned amount through a $3,000 grant, and Burns said the center will continue to do fundraising to make up the deficit.

“The staff of the community center place a high commitment in taking care of our clients, and we are determined to do whatever it takes to make that a reality,” she said. “But we can't do it alone, this is a community effort. This is our community, and our people: let's take care of those people who once took care of us.”

The center will kick off its community fundraising effort with dinner to benefit the nutrition program for the Molalla, Mulino, and Colton aging adult community.

The cut in state and county funding has hit the center’s Meals on Wheels and local congregate diners program which depends on the much needed daily service.

The community dinner will be held fro 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Molalla Adult Community Center, 315 Kennel Ave. This will be an adult only date night. Cost will be $15 per plate.

The dinner menu includes a choice of chicken breast or Swiss steak, salad, baked potato, green beans, dinner roll, choice of apple or pumpkin pie.

Entertainment will be provided by the Halfway Home Blue Grass band. A 50/50 raffle and prize drawings will also be part of the evening.

Tickets will be on sale at the Molalla Adult Community Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the center at 503-829-4214.

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