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Community center to host bean dinner fundraiser

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.

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.”