Volunteers from the Dover Exchange Club and Noah's Hope Child Advocacy Center will be serving up barbecued chicken on Super Bowl Sunday to support services for local children impacted by abuse. (Dover Exchange Club)
New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Dover Exchange Club is once again showing its support for the Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center.
The club's Children’s Foundation Chairman, Kevin Korns, says the club’s annual BBQ chicken fundraiser will be returning to the Fundays rootbeer stand from 11 am to 4 pm on Super Bowl Sunday, and he says whatever they raise will go directly to the center.
“We’ve been partnering with the Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center of Tuscarawas County the last probably five years or so, and they’re just a great cause, and it also ties into one of our missions as the National Exchange Club," he says. We have prevention of child abuse, so we find this is a good way for us to tie into that mission to help some local agency that deals with child abuse cases and different things along that line."
Korns says tickets are $10 each for a carryout meal delivered directly to your car that includes a half-chicken, two sides, and dessert.
“Cars will just drive into Fundays. We have men out there and people out there waiting, picking up their tickets and we’re delivering their chickens," he says. "Our members and a lot of people from the child advocacy center come over and help that day to help pass out chickens.”
Over the last five years, the event has raised more than $30,000 for the child advocacy center, and board President Ryan Styer says they’re grateful for the support.
"Without such community support in the way of funding, we couldn’t do nearly what we do at the CAC. There’s a lot of programs that go on over there, not the least of which is making sure that we have a child-friendly process where we’re facilitating collaboration and communication," he says.
Styers says one of the biggest projects they’re trying to raise funds for this year is the renovation of a space on East High Avenue that will become the center’s new headquarters.
"In the next couple months, we are hoping to raise the money and get that place remodeled so that we can be over there doing business in a space of adequate size," he says. "At this point, we have very much outgrown the space that we started with six to seven years ago."
Tickets for the Exchange Club’s fundraiser can be purchased on the day of the event while supplies last or in advance from any Dover Exchange Club member, the A&M Service Center, Pro Print, Ferris, and Baker Florist.
The Noah's Hope Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information or to make a donation, visit noahshopecac.org.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV