Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 8:45am

The Heimerdinger Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing nutrient-rich meals and education, free of charge, for families facing cancer, will host a virtual “Hope For Healing At Home” dinner experience on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm CT. 

The evening will feature menu and meal kit designed by Chef Skylar Bush of Edible Nashville, along with a virtual performance by Donna and Craig Morris
Via Zoom, Chef Bush will walk participants through preparing a meal inspired by the Meals 4 Health and Healing program. From the nonprofit’s kitchen straight to the homes of participants, guests will get a first-hand taste of the nutritious meals delivered to those facing cancer.  
Tickets are $200 and include a four-course prix fixe dinner meal kit for two and access to the live stream of the evening via Zoom, with proceeds benefiting the Meals 4 Health and Healing program of The Heimerdinger Foundation. Individual meal kits are available for $100. Guests also have the option to purchase a bottle of wine for an additional $40. For more information and to purchase tickets 
With Chef Bush making at home preparation simple, informative, and fun, the delicious fall menu will include your choice of salmon, chicken, or cauliflower steak, wild rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables with chimichurri sauce, and topped off with a poached pear parfait with graham cracker crumble and mint for dessert. 
The evening will conclude with a performance from Donna and Craig Morris. Between them the husband and wife duo have written for or performed with some of music’s biggest stars. Craig has toured with the likes of Donnie & Marie Osmond and Loretta Lynn and notched songwriting credits with Reba, Ray Charles, the Oak Ridge Boys, Andy Williams, Craig Morgan and more. Donna has provided background vocals for Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Al Greene’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the Bee Gees, Liza Minelli, John Cougar Mellencamp and more. 

It will be an unforgettable night filled with entertainment, some light cooking with Chef Bush, and mouthwatering cuisine. Guests will pick up meal kits with all ingredients in advance. Meal kits will be available for pickup at the Daily Dish Events & Catering (2205 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37069) on Friday, Oct. 16 and Sat. Oct. 17. Pickup times will be shared upon purchase. 

Meals 4 Health and Healing, the signature program of The Heimerdinger Foundation, is a heart-centered, caring community preparing organic, immune-boosting, and anti-inflammatory meals free of charge for cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment and their caregivers. Since 2013, the nonprofit has served over 100,000 meals to hundreds of clients and their caregivers in Williamson and Davidson Counties. 

“We’ve seen first-hand the incredible burden that cancer places on families,” shares foundation Executive Director, Katharine Ray. “Managing medical appointments, the stress of the disease, treatment and its side effects…patients don’t have time to shop for and prepare nutritious meals to promote healing. We believe that ‘food is medicine’ and our mission is to provide hope and healing during an incredibly difficult time.”
Ray continues, “While the COVID-19 pandemic has made gathering together in a traditional sense impossible this year, it has allowed us to get creative with our fundraising. We are thrilled to be able to show our supporters first-hand from the comfort of their homes the nutritious meals we deliver to families facing cancer each week.”
Research shows that nearly 80% of cancer patients end up malnourished as a result of cancer treatment. Consuming nourishing meals can make a vital difference to cancer patients as they fight their illness and heal from treatment. With an emphasis on serving those who are in crisis, who have little or no caregiving support, or who are financially unable to provide themselves with nutritious foods, the program elevates the recovery process for many who may be at high risk for malnutrition, which can slow down or stop treatment. 
In addition, with over 250 active teen and adult volunteers participating in their program each year, the organization educates those volunteers about eating a “whole food” diet to reduce inflammation and to reduce the likelihood of chronic, inflammatory conditions like cancer. By educating patients, their families, and the adult and teen volunteers who provide the giving hands and hearts behind the organization’s mission, The Heimerdinger Foundations is transforming the health and nutritional choices of countless people in middle Tennessee. 

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About The Heimerdinger Foundation: 
The Heimerdinger Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011, provides nutritious, organic meals and education, free of charge, for families facing cancer. Research shows that nearly 80% of people facing cancer end up malnourished as a result of treatment. Being poorly nourished worsens side effects, reduces the effectiveness of or can stop treatment, and lengthens recovery time once treatment ends. Since its inception, the organization has served over 100,000 meals to clients and their caregivers in Davidson and Williamson counties and educated hundreds of volunteer adults and teens about proper, healing nutrition for life through its Meals 4 Health and Healing organic garden, kitchen, and meal delivery program.