Teen center receives donation

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From left to right: Board member Gary Ford, Pastor Virgil Grant, Vice Chair Dan McBride, Chair Jon McChesney, Commissioner Jacob Grant, Teen Center Director Georgia Parks, Director of Parks Administration Erin Moore, board member Emmitt Igo, board member Kathy Holmes and board member  Kathy Palmer. 

After being presented with a check for nearly $8,000, Georgia Parks, director of the Richmond Teen Center, said she has no specific plans for the funds yet, other than helping to take care of the needs for the kids at the center.

"We are just so thankful and blessed that you all did this for us," Parks said, tearing up.

Commissioner Jacob Grant and Pastor Virgil Grant of Eastside Community Church gave the check, which was in the amount of $7,706.50, to Parks Tuesday afternoon during a Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

"It just depends on what comes up," she said about what the funds will be used for. "We will make sure all the kids have stuff for Christmas -- it's always for the kids."

Grant explained that the money was raised through a golf tournament hosted by Eastside Community Church, which also donated funds to additional organizations.

"It means a lot (to receive the money) because we are a nonprofit," Parks said. "We have a lot of kids here who need stuff, and we make sure they are OK. This will make sure they have stuff that they need."

Parks presented Pastor Grant and Commissioner Grant with a plaque from the teen center to express their appreciation.

The center, which opened nearly 20 years ago as a community center, also received a new basketball goal, fresh paint, baseboards, countertops, shelves, bathrooms, chairs and decorations in May.

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In other business, board member Mason Chamblee reported to the board that since the unveiling of two historical exhibits on July 22, Irvinton House has seen an uptick in visitors.

"Over the two-week period that the exhibit has been opened, we have had people coming in the door asking to see that exhibit specifically," he said.

While he didn't have the exact numbers of visitors at the time of the meeting, he noted that the exhibits were bringing more people into the historic home, which was good.

The "Life & Legend of Daniel Boone" exhibit, which is hosted at Irvinton House, is concurrent to a second exhibit hosted by the Richmond Tourism Department that features "The Clays of Kentucky."

"The Life & Legend of Daniel Boone" follows the story of Daniel Boone, the man who became famous for his exploration of the Cumberland Gap and Kentucky River. His exhibit includes visions from past biographers and artists.

"The Clays of Kentucky" showcases documents and images from the Clay Family on display as attendees learn about Henry Clay, Cassius Clay and Laura Clay.

The next parks board meeting will be Sept. 3, noon, at the Irvinton House.

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