Rotary club raises $10,000 for senior center

Published 8:27 am Monday, March 20, 2017

Mayor gives key to the city

The smells of food from around the globe greeted the hundreds gathered Saturday night for the Danville Rotary Club International Dinner, the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Of the thousands raised, $10,000 will be given to the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center to renovate the center’s community room, which will be christened the Danville Rotary Club Community Room.

The updates, said Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center Director Ben Guerrant, are “much-needed” in the 2,500-square-foot space. The Danville Rotary Club’s donation will go toward upgrading commercial flooring, painting, window treatments, furnishings and lighting.

Guerrant said the updates will help the senior center better serve the county’s seniors, but the space will also be available for the community.

“It will be available for the community to use. There’s a real need for large spaces like that,” Guerrant said. “(The center) has been undersold for a long time.”

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The Danville Rotary Club International Dinner

Besides being available to the community to reserve in advance for a donation, the space will also be available for non-profits to use at no cost.

Danville Rotary Club President Allan Craine said that the club was happy to help.

Craine said he was surprised at the large amount of people served by the center.

“Ben told us about the needs — they serve an extraordinary amount of people — people that are in need of love and care,” he said.

The club decided the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center would be a good place to invest the money this year.

“We were pleased to do that,” Craine said.

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com
Mayor Audrey Wales, left, receives the key to Danville from Mayor Mike Perros, right, during the Danville Rotary Club International Dinner Saturday night.

The meeting also included special guests Audrey Wales, mayor of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, which includes Danville’s Sister City of Carrickfergus, and her consort, Chris Wales.

Andrey Wales was recognized by Danville Mayor Mike Perros during the meeting and given a key to the city.

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