SOUTHSIDE — Progress is being made on building the new dining hall at the Mason County 4-H Camp, but more help is needed — a lot more help.
As of last month, $48,000 had been raised for the project, though $70,000 is needed just for the construction materials for the new building. The West Virginia National Guard has agreed to take on the project by providing labor at no cost. Organizers are hoping to have a new dining hall in place in 2017.
This week, Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Craig Tatterson made a donation to the cause. Tatterson has issued a challenge to other candidates during this campaign season to give to the project.
Tatterson said in addition to being a home to 4-H members in the summer, the dining hall and camp hosts many other organizations that help to positively shape the youth of the area.
The camp hosts 4-H campers from other counties that don’t have the space or facilities, as well as Camp Sunshine, a camp for children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. Also, teenagers from four counties use the camp to attend the Family Resource Network’s Teen Institute.
Recently, the old dining hall, which was more than 60 years old, was torn down and National Guard members are soon going to be on site doing excavation and ground work.
Linda Roush, a 4-H advisor and fellow organizer of the dining hall project, accepted Tatterson’s donation on Wednesday and said she hopes more people respond because getting to that $70,000 will basically put the building under roof, but would not include some of the necessary appliances and furnishes for the inside.
Those who donate at least $100 will receive a commemorative brick which will be placed on a wall inside the dining hall. The bricks can be personalized in many ways to leave a lasting legacy and message for 4-H’ers to come.
Those interested in purchasing a brick or making a donation to the Mason County 4-H Building Fund, can do so by calling 304-675-0888.
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