Local News: SIPtember Raises $ 10,000 for Community Center (09/23/21)
Eureka Springs Community Center Director of Activities Cathy Segur signs a new member at the organization’s annual SIPtember event on Wednesday, September 15.
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The Eureka Springs Community Center continued its annual SIPtember event on Wednesday, September 15, raising at least $ 10,000 for the organization.
Board member Jean Elderwind said she did not yet have the grand total, but the event raised a minimum of $ 10,000 and possibly more. The majority of funds, Elderwind said, came from silent and live auction items. Elderwind said the fundraising is another example from the Eureka Springs community for the community center.
?? We had so many generous people and businesses and banks, restaurants and hotels giving us fabulous items for our auction, ?? Elderwind said. “It wouldn’t have been a success without the generosity of so many businesses and individuals, as well as about 80 people who were so generous in bidding and buying items. “
The first SIPtember event took place in 2019, Elderwind said, and has been postponed to 2020 due to COVID-19. Elderwind said Gotahold Brewing had offered to host this year’s event at its large beer garden, providing plenty of space for social distancing. Also, Elderwind said, the brewery requires masks inside ?? the same policy implemented by the community center in all its facilities.
?? You could sit at a table and not interact with others unless you choose to do so, ?? Elderwind said. It is a place where you would feel personally safe during COVID-19.
Director of activities Cathy Segur said several people have registered to become members at the event.
?? I was delighted with the number of people who came out of the community to support us, ?? said Segur. It was just a really fun event. We had a competition going on between two different teams and they had a costume competition so a lot of people dressed up and came over to help. ??
Segur encouraged everyone to visit the community center and all of its offerings, including a fitness center, classes, and a walking trail surrounding the facility. The community center is now open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Segur said pickleball is the most popular activity at the community center.
?? It’s the fastest growing sport in America, ?? said Segur. ?? We have three lots available. ??
The community center will add three classes in October, Segur said, for a total of 10 classes. Segur said the classes are scheduled at different times to give everyone the opportunity to participate.
?? Some people want to sleep, and some people want to arrive early, ?? said Segur. ?? That’s the beauty of being open 12 hours a day. I try to create other classes during the day and early in the morning.
Segur said she recently sent out a survey to members asking them what they would like to see and do at the community center.
?? I take all of this information and try to find the best way to do it, ?? said Segur.
If you’ve never been to the community center, said Segur, the staff are happy to show you around.
?? I have new staff. We’re all three new here, ??? said Segur. We work very well together. We want people to come in and feel relaxed and call it their place. We are always there to help them.
Segur said the community center will hold an open house on wellness from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 6. She is looking to bring more events and programs to the community, Segur said.
?? I want this to be their place, ?? said Segur. You can feel the buzz here. You can feel the excitement building up when they walk in. ??
Elderwind said she has been on the board for six years.
?? I was there early on when we received our 501 (c) (3) designation in 2015 and watched it grow and watched us grow as a board of directors, ?? Elderwind said. ?? I have great optimism for what the future holds. We are moving forward and so grateful for all the support.
For more information on the community center, visit www.ESCommunity.org.