Club looks for new revenue sources after canceling Christmas event

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The South Charleston Community Club is holding a poinsettia sale this week. The club is looking for new ways to raise money after cancelling their sole fundraiser for the year, Christmas in South Charleston.

(Posted Dec. 1, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Messenger

The South Charleston Community Club is looking for new ways to raise money following cancellation of their sole fundraiser for the year.

Six weeks ago, the non-profit announced it would not host Christmas in South Charleston due to inability to meet the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols.

“It was a very sad meeting when we broke the news that we just couldn’t do it,” said Jennifer McKee, club president.

A tradition for many years, Christmas in South Charleston normally takes place the first Wednesday in December. The action is centered on and around Chillicothe Street and includes food, vendors, Santa, music and more. Shops stay open into the evening, offering deals and treats. This year would have been the event’s 24th anniversary.

For the Community Club, the big moneymaker of the night is its raffle. The raffle typically features a large cash prize and several other cash, merchandise and services prizes. Last year, the raffle and other fundraisers held in conjunction with Christmas in South Charleston raised $4,000.

The Community Club owns South Charleston Community Park. The volunteer group does not receive government funds or tax dollars and, therefore, relies on proceeds from its holiday event to cover the cost of park maintenance, mowing and repairs.

“Christmas in South Charleston is our sole fundraiser and without those funds that go directly to the park, we’re trying to figure out how to sustain the park for another year,” McKee said.

The Community Club held a poinsettia sale last week. The board also plans to send a letter to the community, asking for support. With 100 contributions of $40 each, the club can meet its annual budget needs, McKee said.

No matter the size of the donation, she added, “We really appreciate every dollar.”

“It’s crucial to our little village here that we keep the park going,” she said.

Donations can be made out to “South Charleston Community Club” and mailed to P.O. Box 668, South Charleston, OH 45368, or dropped off at Park National Bank, 102 S. Chillicothe St., South Charleston.

For more information about the fundraising campaign, contact Sue Mattinson, Community Club member, at (937) 503-2492. In addition to McKee, the board officers are Barb Harbage, vice president, and Jillian Dickel, secretary/treasurer.

The Community Club was founded in 1963. Membership is $5 per year. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, with the exception of January. The current meeting location is the event room at Village Chic/Village Cup, 17 S. Chillicothe St.

“We love people who are interested in the community and interested in the park,” McKee said. “All you have to do is come to a meeting.”

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