For a rousing evening of swing dancing and dinner with a live radio show and prizes, join the  “Fabulous ’40s Fling” celebration benefitting Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties.

The event will be held March 27 at the National Guard Armory in Waxahachie.

“It’s going to be a fun, fun time – dressing up in period costumes,” said Lisa Hicks, community development coordinator. “It’s a celebration of the greatest generation.”

Entertainment for the event will be provided by the Corsicana Swing Orchestra and the Fort Worth Jitterbug Dancers. The organization hopes to raise $50,000.

Draft tickets for a reverse raffle will be sold for $50 each. Only 200 tickets are available – 100 will be sold in advance and 100 will be for sale at the door. Ticket holders who are not “drafted” will be entered in a drawing for prizes including:

• Two Southwest Airline tickets

• Two “park-hopper” passes at Disneyland

• An airplane ride in a PT bomber

• Ranger tickets and parking pass

• A glider plane ride and gourmet picnic in Midlothian

• A hot air balloon ride

• Wine tasting at the Lone Oak Winery in Burleson

• Mavericks tickets with parking

• Salon package at Northgate Hair Designs in Waxahachie

• Lunch with state Rep. Jim Pitts in Austin

Individuals may honor or remember a loved one or someone special on the Wall of Honor with a donation of  $35, $50 or $75.

Meals-on-Wheels enriches lives by helping “needy homebound elderly and disabled persons remain independent and healthy in their homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact and support for individuals and their families,” according to the nonprofit organization’s Web site.

“Sometimes our volunteer is the only person a client sees all day,” Hicks said.

Meals-on-Wheels has been in operation in Johnson County for 32 years and in Ellis County for nine years. The organization serves more than 750 meals daily in its two-county service area covering 22 communities plus rural areas – more than 1,700 square miles. Eleven routes run Monday through Friday in Waxahachie alone.

Volunteers deliver hot lunches Monday through Friday and if needed a cold breakfast for the next day. Additionally, on Friday a weekend box with two frozen meals for Saturday and Sunday is delivered if needed. Based on the clients health needs, diabetic or vegetarian meals are available. A staff dietician oversees the meal planning to ensure that nutritional needs are met.

“It is so much more than just a meal,” said Sarah Drew-Watson, volunteer coordinator for Ellis County. “It gives peace of mind to families of clients that can’t check on them daily.”

“The Fabulous ’40s Fling” is Saturday, March 27, at the National Guard Armory at 628 N. Grand in Waxahachie. Reception and happy hour start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and entertainment are $75 each. Table sponsorships are available at four levels including: Boogie Woogie sponsor – $500; 4-Star sponsor – $1,000; Big Swing sponsor – $1,500; and Star-Spangled sponsor – $2,000.

For additional information, visit www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org or call 972-351-9943 or 817-558-2840.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.hertz@wninews.com or call 469-517-1451.