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Breakfast fundraiser strengthens Arts Center’s future

Members of the Levi Retirees, along with local volunteers gather for a photo during a check presentation as the result of a recent breakfast fundraiser to support the Johnson County Center for the Arts in Mountain City. The event’s success ensures the center’s continued relevance in the community. Submitted Photos.

By Tamas Mondovics

Levi Retirees, joined by representatives of The Modern Woodmen along with local volunteers gathered together at the Johnson County Center for the Arts to celebrate a huge accomplishment resulting from a recent breakfast fundraiser. The event held last week in Mountain City supported the Johnson County Center for the Arts building fund.

The Levi Retirees emphasized that the fundraiser saw the largest turnout in the organization’s local history, which is credited to the hard work, commitment and dedication of many volunteers, local and state government leaders and local community advocates. In the end, the breakfast brought in more than $2,800 for the Arts Center building fund. The Modern Woodmen is committed to giving a matching grant of $2500, for a grand total of more than $5,300.

“We are very blessed to live in a community that comes together for a good cause,” said Johnson County Center for the Arts Director Cristy Dunn.

Roger Espinoza with Modern Woodmen meets the group at the Arts Center with a giant check for a photo on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. The Johnson County Center for the Arts is a comprehensive art center serving the residents of Johnson County and surrounding communities and visitors to the area who are seeking authentic Appalachian artwork as well as meaningful events and enrichment experiences. With a primary focus on young artists, the local art community, and Appalachian culture, the objective is to provide a place for artists of varying ages, abilities and interests to flourish by offering a venue to showcase, sell and encourage growth and learning. The center’s vision is to empower the community and bring its members together through teaching, encouraging and supporting a variety of artistic forms and experiences.

With much, heartfelt appreciation Dunn concluded by saying, “We thank you for helping make our Saturday Breakfast fundraiser a huge success.”