CLARKS SUMMIT — The patio at State Street Grill was packed Monday evening by community members who came out to a casual cookout for a local cause: The Gathering Place for Community Arts and Education.
According to Dori Waters, president, the nonprofit organization has received a tremendous amount of support from the local business community, and State Street Grill is no exception. Tom Hill, owner, approached The Gathering Place on his own, offering to host the fundraiser, and Abington Travel contributed tickets to Radio City Music Hall. The event also featured raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle and guests were able to walk down the street to tour the new facility.
Waters said the center is scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2017. And as the giant thermometer outside the building indicates, funding is slowly but steadily rising.
“We’re still a little short, but it won’t stop us from opening,” Waters said.
According to Mary Ann Nichols, capital campaign chair, the nonprofit still needs to raise about $150,000 of the total $500,000 project cost.
Nichols expressed appreciation for the many people and businesses who made donations so far. She also stressed the need for continued community support in order to see the remainder of the funding met.
One way in which people can do this is through an upcoming fundraiser hosted by Talbots.
The women’s clothing store, located in the Village Square plaza at 501 S. State St., will donate to The Gathering Place 10 percent of its pre-tax sales from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Light refreshments will be served.
“Ladies, you can accomplish two goals at once: add fabulous clothes to your wardrobe while helping The Gathering Place,” reads an event flier. “Men, you can get your favorite lady a gift while making a contribution to a project that benefits the community. Talbots has clothes for all sizes and shapes.”
Another way in which people can help is via the purchase of a commemorative brick, to be placed on an interior donor wall. A $100 donation covers one brick, which includes an inscription of up to three lines, with a maximum of 16 characters per line. Brick order forms, along with general donation cards, can be picked up from the box attached to the large wooden sign outside the borough building.
For more information about making donations and how to get involved can be found online at GatheringPlaceCS.org.
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