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Foundation kicks off fundraiser

Members of the Young at Heart senior citizens club and the Douglas County Community Services Foundation celebrate the club's donation of $43,500 to purchase a walk-in freezer-refrigerator for the new community center. Pictured Nov. 12 are Steve Swabacker, Paul Lockwood, Scott Morgan, Howard Althouse, Liz Baumgartner, Marion Barritt, Brenda Robertson, Bob Cook, Drew Aguilar, Cynthia Petersen, Renea Louie, Mike Matuska, Dave Brady and Travis Lee.

For years, the Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club has scrimped and saved with a big goal in mind.

That frugality paid off recently with $43,500 donation to purchase a walk-in refrigerator freezer for the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, now under construction in Gardnerville.

The donation was presented Nov. 12 to Community Services Director Scott Morgan as a kickoff to efforts to raise $2 million to furnish the center expected to open in February 2015.

Morgan said the foundation must raise $675,000 to open the center, and $1.643 million to be fully functional. He said the fundraising is geared so anyone can "become a part of Douglas County forever."

Visitors to the Douglas County Community Services Foundation website will find opportunities to make donations from $1-$999 for community donors, to naming rights for a donation of $300,000 or more.

"Buy a Brick" is geared toward donations of $100-$300. The bricks will be placed in the site perimeter walking path, outside the large activity room and in the senior center patio.

Morgan said the freezer-refrigerator unit was purchased at Buffo Electric.

"We're keeping the money local," he said.

Young at Heart's annual craft fair is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the current center in Gardnerville.

The foundation was formed in 2011 to support community and senior centers in Douglas County at the Lake and the Valley. It acts as a liaison between the county government and private donor. The website also offers a peak into the construction of the new center via a live webcam.