The Ladies Auxiliary of Col. Jacob Morgan American Legion Post 537 will be hosting a Mother’s Day BBQ and Shopping Day on May 11, beginning at noon and expected to draw to a close by the early evening.
According to Tiffany Hassis, the Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary, the Legion is stepping this year’s event up by adding the new angle of a shopping experience features local vendors to the traditional BBQ celebration.
“At this event there will definitely be something for everybody,” Hassis said, “and we are giving out a carnation to everyone who attends. There will be lots of cash and carry items available from the vendors, and everyone is welcome to eat here at our pavilion or get a meal ‘to go’.”
The Mother’s Day BBQ meal, which costs $9, includes a half chicken, baked potato, roll, coleslaw, drink, and a cookie. The Legion cooks the chicken and prepares the meals on premises, and will be preparing 200 meals.
The vendors, which include Tastefully Simple, The Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Pure Romance, Scentsy, Grace Adele, Premier Jewelry, Tupperware, and Mary Kay Cosmetics, will be setting up on the Legion grounds next to the memorial at the corner of Twin Valley Road and Elverson Road. A massage therapist will also be in attendance.
When asked why the Auxiliary chose to make the event different this year, Hassis said “We always want to be bigger and better with each event. Each of the vendors has agreed to donate items to (the Legion) to help us with other things that we have coming up.”
For example, a portion of the proceeds from the Legion’s 3rd annual Ed Beiler Memorial Run and Pig Roast on June 22 will be donated to the Berks County Animal Rescue League.
“We provide services to both veterans as well as other good causes in the community,” explained Hassis. “We get letters from all types of organizations that are looking for some type of support. Having the (Shopping Day) vendors donating items for our future events helps these causes. When people come out to a Legion event they are helping support us, and by doing that they are also helping out others too.”
Hassis is just one of many Legion members who continue to make headway in repairing Post 537’s reputation, which was tarnished not long ago by members and a leadership which have since been ousted. She said that the ‘new blood’ at the Legion will continue to be an active and visible model of what the American Legion truly represents.
“It is great just having people benefit from our events. It means a lot and it is fun to plan events like this – where people come out, have fun, and leave with a good feeling about the Legion and what we do for others. We think it is really important to get the word out that we are involved in the community now more than ever.”
The Col. Jacob Morgan American Legion Post 537 is located at 4499 North Twin Valley Road, Morgantown, PA. Contact the legion by phone at (610) 286-5920.