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Golf Tournament To Raise Funds Cut By Sequester

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The sequester has targeted the Rock Island Arsenal, then air traffic controllers, and now senior citizens.

The Henry County senior center has taken a 5.6 percent cut in its largest program, home delivered meals.

The senior center delivers nearly 2,300 meals each month.

Hot food for people who can't cook for themselves.

The sequester has only made a tight budget even more difficult to work with.

So the center is trying a new type of fundraiser, golf.

It's hosting a golf tournament in Kewanee at the end of June.

The money will go back into the senior center's meal delivery budget which was cut by nearly 55-hundred dollars.

Private fundraising is nothing new to the executive director.

The center runs a thrift shop, sells homemade cookies, and sponsors bus trips.

She says it's frustrating though to have to rely on private sources of money to replace once stable government funds.

Funds she fears could shrink even more.

"If this continues they're saying we might have to revert to 2006 budget, which was a pittance compared to what our budget is now," says Director Casandra Schmoll.

The senior center charges three dollars for each meal it delivers.

It increased the prices by a quarter earlier this year to help make up the funding gap.

the executive director says private funding is also crucial in other ways.

Besides supplementing the budget it was supposed to get, the center has to bring in nearly $27,000 each year to meet its dollar match requirements.

The golf tournament takes place at the end of June in Kewanee.

Registration is open to anyone. You can find more information here.

 

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