Community center to host bean dinner fundraiser

Published 10:42 am Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHESAPEAKE — As the Chesapeake Community Center continues to get back on its feet financially, another fundraiser is planned to keep the doors open.

“It will be an old-fashioned bean dinner,” Ruth Damron, center director, said. “It will be a country stick-to-your-ribs kind of dinner. I thought that sounds like fun. Let’s do it.”

The menu will be brown and white beans, fried potatoes, salmon patties, corn bread and dessert.

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The dinner set for Saturday, Feb. 7, is from noon-4 p.m. and cost $5.

Late in 2014 the center faced financial difficulties when it was unable to pay utilities or make payroll. That’s when its board started having a variety of fundraisers and offered discounts for new memberships.

“I think we are turning the corner,” Damron said. “Membership is building. I am really impressed. We have many new members.”

The center is now also taking credit and debit cards to make paying for a membership more convenient.

The center is also looking for funds to maintain the aging building that is its headquarters.

“We have a lot of things planned for the gymnasium down the road,” Damron said. “We are thinking about putting in a brand new floor, fix the ceilings and take the tiles down and scrap them. We are hoping we can get some help from people.”