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The Auction is almost here
SoVaNow.com / January 23, 2013Wow! Less than a month ago Christmas preparations were in full swing, and we were watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” — the classic miracle in small town America.
And in just a week it’ll be February, Valentine’s Day, and, on Feb. 2, the seventh annual Auction and Hoedown to benefit the Clarksville Enrichment Complex.
All which reminds us how small communities, like Clarksville and the mythical Bedford Falls, rely on the good will and support of its citizens to make it grow and flourish.
The Annual Auction is the major fundraiser for the MCCSC (Mecklenburg County Community Services Corp), the group of local citizen-volunteers who had the vision and willingness to take on a $1M USDA Community Development loan to build a state-of-the-art facility — The Complex — to house important community services for the Clarksville area: the YMCA, Before & After School program for K-5 students, the Lake Country Distance Education Center (LCDEC), and a branch of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC).
The MCCSC has operated The Complex in the black successfully, since opening nearly three years ago, due to the generosity of individuals and businesses in the area, as recorded from time to time in my articles. And the community’s continued support, through contributions and participation in programs and events, like the current MCCSC’s Auction, are critical to the continuation of The Complex and its programs.
The MCCSC’s message to the public is simple. Please buy your tickets to the auction whether you can come or not. It is a contribution to the well-being of the Clarksville area. If you come to the auction, you will be treated to a night of good food, drink, local fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on and win some wonderful items donated by the community. And as a special treat, you will roll with laughter as Bill Baker, for the 7th year running, will be the ringleader and Auctioneer. If you’ve attended before, you’ll know what I mean. If not, you’re in for a treat!
Tickets for the Auction & Hoedown can be purchased at the The Complex front desk, at Berry Hill Irrigation, from members of the MCCSC, or at the door on the night of the Auction.
When you visit The Complex you will see many people benefiting from this grass-roots community effort. As you walk through the front door of The Complex you’ll be struck by the vibrancy and activity level of people exercising their bodies and minds.
The Clarksville YMCA recently held an Open House and membership drive, with 37 new membership units joining. Since moving to The Complex in June 2010, the Y membership has grown from less than 100, in a decaying facility, to well over 600 individuals/families with new equipment, provided by the Clarksville Ruritans, and in a modern facility, the result of the MCCSC and its many community volunteers’ efforts.
The result of many “George Baileys” in our community!