The Richmond Register

September 9, 2013

Local KFTC chapter celebrates another year of social change


Special to the Register

BEREA — The Madison County chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is celebrating another year of their work for social change by throwing a “friend-raiser” party.

More than 150 people are expected to gather at HomeGrown Hideaways in Berea on Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of family-fun, food, and live music. Folk singer and songwriter Carla Gover will be headlining the event.

In addition to music and food, there will be information about KFTC’s work and a silent auction to raise funds for the organization. This year’s auction will include a solar panel from the Berea Municipal Utilities solar farm. The solar farm provides an opportunity to invest in local solar generation through the local utility.

Ordinarily a one-time lease fee of $750 per panel covers a 25-year period. In return, customers receive credit every billing period for 25 years for the electricity generated by the panels they have leased. In this way, participating customers gain access to solar generation at an excellent price.

KFTC member Steve Boyce, who helped bring the solar panel to the silent auction, said the winning bidder will receive credit every billing period for 25 years for the electricity their panel generates. “Only the price could be even better depending on how the auction goes!” Boyce said.

This event is free and open to all. KFTC is asking able attendees to bring a dish to share, a lawn chair and a donated item for the silent auction (baked goods, homemade items, and donated time or service are always popular). The potluck will start at 5 p.m. and live music will start at 5:30 p.m.

Carey Henson, a member of the event planning committee, added, “I look forward to the friend-raiser every year to connect with old friends, meet new ones, and get more involved with KFTC. It's in a beautiful setting, with great food, music, and lots of fun.”

For more details, call Susie Ritchie at 985-9784.