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Car shows to raise funds for furnace

CHESAPEAKE — With federal funds picking up about half of the tab, the Chesapeake Community Center has come up with a series of events to make up the difference of repairing the furnace there.

Since late winter the furnace at the aging building has been out. Approximately $19,000 is needed to repair it and, recently, the Lawrence County Commissioners approved $10,000 from Community Development Block Grants for the project.

Now the center will host three cruise-ins at the parking lot of the center to raise the rest of the money.

“We have to come up with the funds by September,” center director Ruth Damron said. “We are doubling up on efforts to try to raise some money.”

The first cruise in will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13.

“Anybody who has a car and wants to show it off, they are entirely welcome to do it,” Damron said. “And we will have a yard sale. Some guys coming for the cars will bring their wives and buy stuff from the yard sale.”

The next two will be Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, both from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also at each car show a stereo set will be raffled off.

“Winter is fast approaching,” Damron said. “We have to raise that money and get the heater before winter time.”