Havelock Seniors Center is having a party

Politics and scholarship will converge next month to support the Havelock Seniors Centre.

A fundraiser, with a full range of events and activities. will be held at the George Street Seniors Center for three days, culminating in a handbag auction that will see Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township Mayor Jim Martin and Peterborough—Kawartha MLA, Dave Smith, modeling some of the 125 handbags up for grabs.

The aim of the fundraiser, which runs from September 9-11, is to raise money to help replace old appliances in the long-standing community center, which was built in 1968.

“Most of the devices are over 20 years old. They need new refrigerators, stoves, a microwave and a stand-up freezer,” said Yvonne Prouty, fundraising manager.

“They also need new carpeting, new flooring and a paint job,” she added.

The Havelock Seniors Center provides space for its 156 members, aged 50 and over, to socialize and participate in a variety of activities, including euchre and darts.

Lunches are organized at the center every other Wednesday.

“Everyone is welcome to attend these events. People in their twenties attend. It’s a place to enjoy camaraderie and meet new people,” Prouty said.

Community members can also rent the hall for celebrations of life, weddings and other events.

“We only have three venues in our town that are rentable, and without good devices, they can’t keep renting the place out,” Prouty explained.

The three-day fundraiser will kick off Sept. 9 with a dance in the parking lot from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A 50/50 draw will take place and donations are welcome. Nephton Ridge Runners, a country band, will entertain with live music.

On September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a vendor show featuring crafts and artwork from 24 local vendors will take place.

The last day of the fundraising festivities will take place on September 11.

Doors will open for the auction – featuring high-end handbags donated by local residents – at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10. A light lunch of sandwiches, sweets, punch, coffee and tea will kick off, followed by a performance by Elvis impersonator Jim Cigan.

The handbags will be modeled by young members of the community, local business people – and Martin and Smith. Some of the scholarships will include prizes including sterling silver jewelry and gift cards for local businesses.

Organizers hope to reach their fundraising goal of $10,000. So far, $2,600 has been raised through donations and ticket sales.

Auction ticket sales can be purchased in advance by calling Prouty at 289-404-9177.

Joseph K. Bennett