Thursday, 01 September 2011 by Administrator
The Community Business Alliance of Central Texas presented the Belton Senior Center with a significant donation that is expected to help the center make up for their budget shortfall.Members of CBA donated a $6,000 check on June 28 to the senior center after having raised funds from their quarterly functions which included a dance, silent auction and a BBQ.
"We presented the funds that we raised from several different functions we held last month," said Larry Burgin, CBA Vice President, who was impressed by the efforts of both organizations. "We had 15 active members who put this together. It was just a tremendous effort on their part."
The Senior Center's Activity Director, Patsy Cofer, described the donation by CBA as an answer to prayer.
She explained that at the beginning of the year the Senior Center did not have enough money to meet the projected expenses for their budget. They held a meeting to discuss the need to raise money for the budget shortfall and immediately afterwards, they received a call from CBA members.
"CBA members Joanna Laxton and Mae Mertz contacted us and told us that they had nominated us to be recipients of the proceeds of their quarterly function," Cofer said.
Dennis Turk also described the donation by CBA as divine providence and a fantastic team effort.
"It's just an unbelievable situation," said Turk, the treasurer of Belton Area Citizens for Seniors. "I have been part of this organization from its inception and I have seen them go through some tough times as far as donations go so for an organization like CBA to come willingly to help means a lot."
CBA is a non-profit organization that assists the community through charitable work. It compromises of local business professionals that meet weekly to learn about the respective businesses of their members and help their businesses grow.
"We think this group is awesome," Cofer said. "They take time out of their busy schedules to participate with us."
The senior center was asked to donate home baked goods, baskets and a quilt for the silent auction. According to Cofer when the auction was completed, approximately $1,600 had been raised as result of the efforts of CBA and the Belton Senior Center.