Local groups benefit from Party in the Park exposure

Published 12:28 am Sunday, July 5, 2015

SOUTH POINT — Several local organizations and churches took advantage of the opportunity Saturday’s Party in the Park presented by fundraising and informing about their own causes.

“I’m 53 years old and have lived in South Point my whole life. Last year was the first time I’ve seen something like this put on,” Todd Pitsenbarger with the South Point First Church of the Nazarene, said. “Normally we do free events for community outreach, but it’s nice to be able to raise some money for our church. It’s great bringing the kids and community together to send a good message.”

Pitsenbarger and the South Point First Nazarene Church were selling pulled pork and brisket.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Robert Carter, pastor of the church, said. “We are raising money to buy video equipment so we can better our services and try to do some live streaming to those who can’t be there.”

Also selling concessions was the South Point middle and high school cheerleaders.

“This is a great benefit for both our middle school and high school cheerleaders,” South Point Middle School cheerleading coach Anne Barnett said. “We need new uniforms and this is a great opportunity to raise money for the things we need for our girls.”

The South Point Youth Football League was glad to set up a tent as well.

“A lot of people don’t know about our youth league. These free events bring people out and let them learn about our league,” South Point Youth Football secretary Tia Haney said. “We also promote our free camp for the kids and it’s a good way to meet the kids.”

Haney also said that the league does not turn anyone away for not having enough registration money, and raising money for the league helps pay for expenses and uniforms.

“If we can’t do these fundraisers, we wouldn’t have the money to run the league,” she said.