Concert set to help with repairs at Chesy center

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CHESAPEAKE — Ruth Damron doesn’t need anyone to tell her how wet this summer has been. She knows it every time she walks into work and has to join the bucket brigade. That’s the “roof” bucket brigade.

Damron is director of the Chesapeake Community Center and every time it rains outside those same thousands of drops of water come inside with a vengeance.

So much so that Damron worries about the clients who come to use the center.

“The roof has been patched several times and invariably, when it rains again, another leak appears,” Damron said. “The roof is in dire need of repairs. It leaks pretty heavily in the karate room and we have children three times a week. We have to keep it clean and mold-free. That is hard to do with all the rain we had.”

Now Damron is looking to the community the center serves for help on the repairs to the tar and gravel flat roof that is original to the circa 1924 building.

To repair the entire roof of about 16,000 square feet would cost approximately $100,000, according to one estimate. To make temporary repairs between $5,000 to $6,000 is needed.

“We need to raise some money for just the repairs for the immediate problem,” she said.

Right now, the short-term answer to the problem is Damron’s goal. Her solution is a series of fundraisers, the first will be a country western and bluegrass concert Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Headlining the event will be independent Nashville musician Howie Damron with Cor-nan Coldiron, and Karisa and Seth Damron, also performing.

All are volunteering their time for the free concert. Donations will be taken at the door.

Yet even before this event, the director is already brainstorming on possible future fundraisers that could include a bingo game and a car show on the parking lot.

“We’re in the talking stages. We’re open to suggestions,” she said. “If we can get the money we’ll put (the project) up for bid. We have to get this roof fixed.”

IF YOU GO: A Bluegrass/Country Western Concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chesapeake Community Center.

Admission is free with donations accepted. The concert is to raise money for repairs to the center’s roof.