The York Rescue Mission's anniversary banquets are celebrations of the work the community has done to help people in need.
"Even for our banquets, we receive help with businesses, churches, individuals and our staff sponsoring tables, and that helps us (pay for) the banquets and have money to benefit the mission and its projects," said Melinda Gorog, the mission's director of outreach.
The York Rescue mission will celebrate its 52nd anniversary with free banquets at noon and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 2000 Loucks Road, in West Manchester Township.
More than 600 people are expected to attend the banquets, Gorog said.
Banquet details: The event's special guest will be Diane Susek, a national recording artist who has released 10 albums and ministers at Susek Evangelistic Association in Gettysburg. She has sung throughout the U.S. and around the world, including in Holland and Canada. Susek also has performed at various benefit events at local churches.
Susek's family was part of the former York Gospel Center when it helped found the mission. The family did music ministry and volunteer work at the mission, Gorog said.
"She's got a trained gorgeous voice, very beautiful," Gorog said.
The banquet also will feature testimonies from participants in the mission's men's and women's ministries.
Dignitaries scheduled to attend the noon banquet include York City Mayor Kim Bracey, York County Commissioner Doug Hoke, and Bob Reilly, representative of U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County.
The mission: Based at 367 W. Market St. in the city, the mission offers meals, emergency shelters, special holiday dinners and activities, blanket distributions, Bible studies, summer camp programs, after-school programs and activities for youth in grades 1 through 12.
In 2013, the mission served more than 163,000 meals to the general public and to men, women and children staying in the mission's shelters and participating in its programs, said Dianne Smeigh, the mission's spokeswoman.
The mission, which receives no government funding, also runs economy stores in the city, Dallastown and Dover, she said.
"The income we generate from the community shopping at our stores is used for feeding and housing people," Smeigh said.
York Rescue Mission is holding its 52nd anniversary banquets at noon and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Holidome, 2000 Loucks Road, West Manchester Township.
The banquet is free. To reserve seating, call the mission at 845-7662. The reservation deadline is Friday.
Businesses, churches and individuals can sponsor tables for $100 each. Call Dianne Smeigh at 812-1692.