Participants at Merritt Winery's Septemberfest will have an opportunity to have a lot of fun, and help a worthwhile cause at the same time.
Thanks to an invitation from Merritt Winery, Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area and Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels will be in attendance at Septemberfest to promote Meals on Wheels in Chautauqua County. The invitation came as the result of a request from the event's main draw, Bill Goldberg, former professional wrestler and NFL player. Goldberg will be available throughout the weekend, signing autographs and meeting and greeting people in attendance at Septemberfest.
"Meals on Wheels is pleased that Merritt Winery and Goldberg have asked us to attend Septemberfest," said Barrie Yochim, executive director of Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. "It's another great venue where we can show off our organizations to countless numbers of people."
After a brief NFL career, Goldberg entered professional wrestling and became a champion in both World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling. For the past several years, after retiring from wrestling, Goldberg has been part of television shows and movies, and has even hosted his own television show, "Garage Mahal," on the DIY Network.
Meals on Wheels is an organization that Goldberg supports nationwide, Yochim said. When Goldberg brought to Merritt's attention of his interest in Meals on Wheels, Merritt called the local Meals on Wheels to participate in Septemberfest. A portion of the proceeds from Septemberfest will go to Meals on Wheels organizations in Chautauqua County, Yochim said.
Septemberfest has free admission, and families are welcome. Live bands will be playing music throughout the weekend, including Sean Patrick McGraw performing from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event will also feature Chiavetta's barbecue chicken, free Merritt Winery wine tours and tasting, a car and motorcycle cruise from noon to 5 p.m. each day and craft vendors.
Meals on Wheels volunteers and information will be available throughout the weekend at Septemberfest. Yochim said Merritt Winery and Meals on Wheels have worked together for 10 years, honoring Meals on Wheels volunteers with wine donated by Merritt Winery.
"Meals on Wheels has benefitted from Merritt's generosity for the last decade," Yochim said. "When Merritt Winery asked us to attend because of Goldberg and Septemberfest, we jumped at the opportunity to participate."
Merritt Winery is located at 2264 King Road, Forestville. From Jamestown, travel state Route 60 north to U.S. Route 20. Turn right and follow Route 20 until King Road, turn right onto King Road, county Route 84, and follow the signs to the winery.
Many individuals in Chautauqua County can't pay for meal delivery, and the organization relies on donations from the community to raise essential funds. Meals on Wheels also receives funding from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and Chautauqua County Office For the Aging, as well as other individual contributors.
Any Chautauqua County senior citizen can receive home meal delivery. Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area delivers to the southern half of Chautauqua County. Sinclairville 76ers provides home-delivered meals to participants in the towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Gerry and Ellington, as well as the areas of Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale. Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to participants along the Lake Erie lakeshore from Brocton to Silver Creek, and the village of Forestville.
Meals are delivered by a combination of paid employees and volunteers, including RSVP volunteers. For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 488-9119.