CCAC Makes Donation in Support of SCCC

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Those on hand for the check presentation by the Clay County Arts Council were, from left: Patty McHaffey, Cody Knight, Suzie Morris, Gail Burns, Jane Gatewood and Johnny James.

Recently, members of the Clay County Arts Council presented a donation to Sugar Creek Country Club. The check for $500 was presented to Suzie Morris, who along with Kelly Malin, Julia Jones and Kim Rouse have been named to a committee charged with making renovations to the aging clubhouse at SCCC.

Making the presentation, along with other board members, was CCAC president Gail Burns, who noted the donation was part of the organization's effort to pay back to the community for continued support.

"Our mission is to promote the arts, and we always strive to pay-it-forward when it comes to community service," Burns explained of the donation. "The Arts Council uses the country club periodically for dinners, art exhibits and fund raisers and this is one way of showing our appreciation."

Burns also noted similar donations have been earmarked for both the Rector Community Center and the Piggott Community Center, which also serve as venues for their many events and activities.

"Facilities such as the country club also provide us with an excellent opportunity to showcase local artists," Burns added. "And, that of course is one of our main goals."

Those joining Burns in making the presentation were Arts Council secretary Jane Gatewood, historian Patty McHaffey, fashion show chair Johnny James and board member Cody Knight.

As for the improvements at SCCC, Morris reports the dining area has been painted, with Brian Schulte donating both the paint and labor. The committee is also planning to renovate the foyer, the lady's restroom, wall-mount a big screen television in the dining room and upgrade and repair the shake-shingle roofing on the front of the building. "The big project is to raise enough money to completely replace the flooring in the dining room," she added.

The committee members note they plan to have several fundraisers to generate money toward the improvements, but noted they would gladly accept donations of any type, monetary or other.

As for the Clay County Arts Council, they're currently making plans for their annual silent auction and pre-holiday fashion show to raise funds for their scholarships and programming efforts.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, at SCCC and tickets will go on sale soon at the Treasure Chest in Piggott and Honeysuckle and Home in Rector.

"Paying it forward, and community services--while promoting the arts--is a mission the Clay County Arts Council takes great pride in accomplishing," Burns surmised.

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