Proceeds from this year’s South Perry Fair and Parade
were designated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to Grant
Elementary School’s PAWS program. Thursday morning, excutive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Freda Gandy stopped by to share what the money is going to.
“The $1,000 donation is going toward our summer program,” Gandy said. “It will go to scholarships and probably pay for five spots.” The 10-week summer program is very popular, and it features a combination academics and summer fun like swimming and field trips.
“We had 55 kids in the program this summer,” said Gandy. It’s the first year the Martin Luther King Jr. Center has been the beneficiary of the proceeds from the South Perry Fair and Parade.
Gandy said the Martin Luther King Jr. Center is always looking for volunteers, either to work with teachers following class plans or to come in and share a skill or a hobby with the kids.
“And we are selling tickets for our big fundraiser on November 10,” she added. The fundraising luncheon is at The Davenport Hotel, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling (509) 455-8722.