|Senior Center fundraiser tonight|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00|
A typical noon meal at the Wauneta Senior Center includes an average of 35 meals served. Each patron receives a well balanced meal and is treated to a trip down the Center’s well-endowed salad bar. The inset shows an example of a plate fundraiser attendees will receive at tonight’s money-making meal. The meal will finish on a sweet note with hot fudge sundaes. (Photos by Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta Senior Center is holding a fundraiser tonight to help pay off its existing USDA loan that was taken out to remodel the Senior Center several years ago. They are hoping to raise at least $1,800 to pay off the loan. Any funds in excess of the goal will be used to replace the concrete pad at the back of the building.
Wauneta’s Senior Center serves an average of 35 people each day, up approximately 200 meals per month compared to a year ago.
At their April meeting, the Senior Center Board voted to cash in an investment in Windstream Holdings, Inc. and apply those funds to the USDA loan that was incurred over 10 years ago when the Senior Center Board remodeled the existing building.
The original investment in Windstream Holdings, Inc. was made possible due to a donation from BWTelcom. After careful review, the Senior Center Board determined that the investment is not doing as well as it once was and decided to cash it in to pay off the USDA loan.
Senior Center Board President Joey Large said the USDA loan carries several stipulations, such as required reports and keeping at least $1,000 in savings. They felt now would be a good time to pay off the note.
However, the board has determined the funds from the cashed in investment will fall approximately $1,800.00 short of paying off the USDA loan.
Tonight’s fundraiser was organized in hopes of raising enough money to pay off the note.
The meal will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst sandwiches with all the trimmings, baked beans, potato salad, plus a choice of eight other salads, topped off with brownies, ice cream and hot fudge. Adults will be admitted to the meal for $10 and children for $5. The entire community is invited to attend the meal this evening to show their support for the Senior Center.
Those who are unable to attend but who would like to contribute to the cause are invited to send donations to the Wauneta Senior Center, P.O. Box 187, Wauneta, Neb., 69045.
Plans for next capital improvement project
Funds earned from tonight’s fundraising meal and any donations received will be applied toward finishing the loan payoff and then to start a fund to be used to pay for replacing the concrete pad at the back door.
The 10-foot by 20-foot concrete pad has begun to crumble with age. Since the Chase County Transit Bus drops patrons off at the back door the crumbling has become a safety issue as well as a nuisance.
The surface is uneven, making it difficult to maneuver for those using walkers and rocks that break free from the slab are often carried into the Center. It is also difficult for Center staff to sweep the decaying concrete slab.
The Senior Center board has not given a hoped-for begining date on their next capital improvement project nor have they put out bids on the concrete slab at this time.