Center hosting fundraiser to repair kitchen

The Georgetown/Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the area’s community center. 

The fundraiser will be 4–7 p.m. July 20 at the Georgetown/Fruitland Community Center, 1409 County Road 309 in Georgetown, and proceeds will go toward repairing and upgrading the facility’s kitchen.

“The whole kitchen floor needs replacing, reinforcing and a new covering,” said Diane Glenn, one of the organizers of the event. “We are about to fall through the floor.” 

The 3,000-square-foot facility was built in the 1930s by a forestry management company, according to J.R. Grimes, president of the Georgetown/Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department’s board of directors. The building was donated and moved to its current site decades ago.

The community center is owned by the fire department, Grimes said, and is operated as a way to keep ties between residents strong. 

“It’s about getting the community back together and getting everyone to meet their neighbors,” Grimes said. 

The kitchen is at the heart of that mission, Glenn said.  The community center hosts breakfasts and dinners monthly to allow community members to get to know their neighbors, she said. 

The popularity of the get-togethers and the dire need for repairs has taxed the ability of the kitchen to keep up, Grimes said. With as many as 125 people showing up at a time, the kitchen facility is overstressed, he said. 

“It’s so popular, the facility can’t keep up with demand,” Grimes said. “And we don’t want to tell people they can’t come.” 

The community center hopes to raise at least $5,000 to pay for needed repairs and improvements to the kitchen, Glenn said. 

For the fundraiser, an $8 donation will get attendees pulled pork and side dishes, as well as help the community center host other events in the future. 

For more information about the fundraiser, call Glenn at 937-5112.

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