PACIFIC PALISADES—Monster Bash the event held to benefits Meals on Wheels West 2020 will go virtual this year and is open to the public via Zoom and YouTube on October 30 at 7:00 p.m.

“We knew it would not be safe to have hundreds of people gather together for Monster Bash but would miss our fun celebration, said Ashley McGullam, Director of Development and Community Rations to Canyon News. “So we decided to go virtual.”

The ‘Delivering More Than a Meal’ program is helping reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations in the communities which is especially crucial during the current pandemic according to McGullam.

Through the program we deliver nutritious meals to seniors, people living with disabilities or chronic illnesses, veterans of all ages, formerly homeless people, and recently discharged hospital patients, said McGullam.

In addition to delivering meals, the program provides wellness checks and referrals to other community resources.

The goal McGullam said, “is to raise about $30,000 between sponsorships and online donations. We have had strong support from sponsors including ATI, Venbrook, Marsh, Supporting Strategies,  A-Tech and Cookies.”

According to McGullam, MOW West is producing the event with help from New Game Plus, Project Manager, Christopher Lee.

“We are excited to have #1 Billboard artist “The Rembrandts” performing a new acoustic version of the Friends tv show theme song, “I’ll Be There For You” and another song,” she said. “Miss Barbie Q is returning as emcee and DJ Kara will be spinning,” she said.

Our costume contests and online auction are already up and we have almost reached half our goal and have currently raised $13,260.

The silent auction has great attractions like a Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway or a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Albuquerque. This year’s virtual auction allows the public to support MOW by bidding from their houses.

McGullam hopes to return to a live event next year.