A self-employed consultant and guidance counselor, Elizabeth “Beth” Kelly-Peelle is experienced in helping students improve their performance and manage their ADHD and ADD. Beyond helping her community through her consultant work, Beth Kelly-Peelle supports a number of local organizations including Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Dedicated to providing companionship and health food to elderly New Yorkers who are homebound, Citymeals-on-Wheels delivered 2 million meals to over 18,000 individuals last year. The organization raises private funds to support its work through a number of fundraising events and used 100 percent of public donations to cover the costs of preparing and delivering meals.
Citymeals-on-Wheels’ oldest fundraising event is Citymeals Dineout. This event has been held every year since 1984 and is focused on bringing donors together with some of the best restaurants in the city. Since its inception, Citymeals Dineout has raised $16 million, and each dinner for six purchased through the event goes toward funding 500 meals that are delivered, by hand, to elderly individuals.
The event is held starting in late March, and donors can make a $3,000 table purchase that gives them a dinner for six complete with fine wine and champagne at a fine-dining establishment. Between March and April, donors are randomly paired with a restaurant, and the dinners are subsequently held between April 15th and August 15th.
For individuals who wish to donate more, Citymeals Dineout also welcomes $10,000 table purchases. This level of support allows donors to choose three restaurants from the event’s participants, and they are guaranteed a meal at a minimum of one of their choices.