Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

June 25, 2014

Reagans honored for work with Bread of Life

CROSSVILLE — The Bread of Life Rescue Mission recently held its appreciation dinner, a well organized and delicious chicken dinner catered by Scarlett Catering at the Cumberland County Community Complex. More than 350 people attended.

“A huge success,” according to emcee and Bread of Life Rescue Mission board member Dave Offutt.

The program that followed was both heart warming, and informative to both newcomers and those that have served the Bread of Life since its inception more than 14 years ago. Offutt opened the program by recognizing the veterans as the event was held on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and continued with the Pledge of Allegiance. Next on the program was the Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s founding director, Ralph Reagan, who gave the invocation before dinner.

Then after dinner and totally surprised, Connie and Ralph Reagan were called to the podium for an emotional presentation of plaques for each of them recognizing both for their work at the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, which read, “In appreciation and gratitude for your selfless contributions and comfort rendered to the citizens of Cumberland County over the last 14 years, the board of directors of the Bread of Life asks God to continue to bless and protect you. Your personal sacrifice and efforts provide a home, clothing and a hand-up to the homeless and forgotten people in our community will be remembered forever. Thank you.”

Ralph, then gave a brief overview of the progress of the mission and accomplishments as well as its future vision, including a dental and medical clinic for the less fortunate people of Cumberland County. Several statistics were cited, but more than 44,000 meals served last year was especially inspiring.

Previous board member Randy York spoke about the Bread of Life’s beginnings, its construction of the new building and its continued success. Frank Massaro was then introduced as the Bread of Life’s new community resource manager that will be responsible for fundraising, church and public relations.

Lynn Stone, Jason Lowe, Wanda Harris and James Clifton delivered four heartwarming testimonies about their actual experiences of being helped by the Bread of Life’s various programs and how the mission changed their lives to the good.

Larry Doster, a 13-year volunteer, described the progress of the mission from its beginning to present-day operations and its value to the community.

Offutt then closed the program by thanking everyone for attending and asked that those attending find a Bread of Life envelope that contained a colorful brochure and envelope for those wishing to support the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, and thanked the board, staff and volunteers for the countless hours spent to make the event successful and informative.

To learn more about the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, take time to view their website at www.breadofliferescue.org for upcoming events including the block party on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other information or call 707-0503.

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