Gainesville Daily Register

August 24, 2013

Stanford begins donation drive

Staff Report

Gainesville — By CATHY MOUNCE

Register Staff Writer

A 2013 Chrysler 300 LX purchased from Glenn Polk Autoplex is the grand prize to be raffled off during the Stanford House Senior Center 14th annual fundraiser slated for Sept. 14.

A $50 donation to the center will give supporters one entry for the raffle drawing. Conditions are that the winner must sign a consent form for press release and be responsible for tax, title and license.

Other items up for grabs in the raffle are three Wal-Mart gift certificates in the amounts of $500, $250 and $100.

In conjunction with the raffle, a garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in the Stanford House activity center with donations for the garage sale  accepted from now through Sept. 10. Clothing and shoes are not accepted as donations..

Director Carolyn Castleberry said, “ We are accepting donations for the garage sale between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.” 

Lunch, planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, will be provided by Jordan Health Services, Renaissance Care Center and Hometown Pharmacy.

 “This is our largest event for our center each year,“ Castleberry continued. “Our operations depend on this event.”

The center is a non profit organization that has been in operation since 1992.

The center, located at 401 West Garnett Street in Gainesville, is an activity center for Cooke County residents who are 55 and older. County seniors gather to enjoy many activities at the center including quilting, dominoes, games, educational seminars, dances, birthday celebrations, travel opportunities  and other entertainment. There is no charge for most activities.

During the summer, many seniors attend the center to escape the hot weather. Other local organizations can also rent the center for meetings or other group activities.

The Stanford house was built via a donation from Mattie Bell Stanford whose will stipulated that a senior center be built from the proceeds of her estate to benefit senior citizens in Cooke County. The center is a place where old friends gather, new friends are made and lives are filled once more with purpose and direction.

The drawings for the event are scheduled to start at 2 p.m on the 14th. Tickets for the car and gift card drawings will be on sale through Sept. 11.

For more information contact the Stanford house at 668-1452.