Community Club awarded $5,000 for park project

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The South Charleston Community Club recently received a $5,000 grant from the Bayer Fund for a drainage project at South Charleston Community Park: (from left) Joe Davlin and Brian Harbage, park board members; Karman McKee Ogden, Community Club president, and her son, Emerson.

(Posted Oct. 10, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The South Charleston Community Club is raising funds for a number of projects at South Charleston Community Park.

The Community Club established the park in 1963 and continues to maintain and improve it. The non-profit organization recently received a $5,000 grant from the Bayer Fund to go toward a tiling project to improve drainage in low-lying areas of the park. The park sits adjacent to a stream.

The Bayer Fund is the philanthropical arm of the Bayer company in the United States. The fund develops programs and makes investments to qualified non-profit organizations. South Charleston resident Brian Harbage, a member of the park board, nominated the Community Club for the grant.

Drainage improvements are one of the projects on the club’s list. The group also is raising funds to repair playground equipment, replace mulch in the play area, and purchase a new scoreboard, among other improvements.

An ongoing capital campaign offers different levels of sponsorship with different forms of recognition. The club also receives proceeds from the Christmas in South Charleston event.

The Community Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Village Chic, 17 S. Chillicothe St., South Charleston. The group is open to new members. They also welcome volunteers to help with tasks such as trash pickup, weedeating, and flower planting.

Karman McKee Ogden recently took over the reins as president of the club. She hopes to set aside a day sometime soon to gather the community together to knock out some projects at the park.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, volunteering, or making a donation can contact the club through Facebook. Search for “South Charleston Community Park.”

In addition to Ogden, club officers include Teresa Bryan, treasurer, and Heather McFarland, secretary. A park board works in tandem with the club officers. In addition to Harbage, park board members include Joe Davlin and Melissa Hanuska.

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