Men’s group plans fundraiser dinner
A local men's group, along with the help of some area businesses, hope to start some new youth programs for Baldwin City.
The Ives Chapel Methodist Church men's group is organizing a Valentine's dinner fundraiser, set for Feb. 15 at The Lodge, to help get some summer youth recreational activities off the ground, C.B. Brumm, a men's group member, said.
"We want to start summer activities for kids to come in from outlying areas as well as for those in town," Brumm said. "But it takes money to get something like this going.
"So we thought we'd start a fundraiser and offer a quiet dinner with a piano playing and fellowship for Valentine's Day," he said.
The men's group goal, Brumm said, is to offer activities or programs that youth from Baldwin, Vinland, Worden and other surrounding areas, can participate in.
"When Baldwin was smaller, there was sand lot ball and street ball. All the kids got to participate because the town was small," he said.
"But now it's more structured and all the kids that want to participate can't make the teams because of cost and because it's more competitive," he said. "A lot of kids get left out."
Brumm said at first it didn't seem like the idea would work, but several interested businesses contacted the group.
"They thought it was a good idea," he said. "They volunteered and wanted to participate. So 100 percent of it are donations from community businesses."
So plans for a summer youth recreational project sometime this summer are now in the works, he said. Some ideas for youth events have included foods, games, sports activities and free swimming at the Baldwin City Public Pool.
"We know this will take money," he said. "That's why we're starting early."
The Feb. 15 Valentine's dinner will be served between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. He said diners don't have to have a date to attend.
"We want to stress that you don't have to be a couple to come," he said. "It's for singles and doubles."
The menu will consist of chicken, pasta, salad, vegetables and dessert, all of which is being donated by local businesses.
Tickets for the dinner are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 594-6856 or 594-2371. Brumm said he encouraged people to get their tickets early because they are limited and one-third have already been sold.
He said the dinner is a good opportunity to support community youth.
"This is a good way to start programs for the younger generation," he said.