Loan ensures senior center another year at fairgrounds |

Loan ensures senior center another year at fairgrounds

Survival of the Gold Country Community/Senior Center has been ensured for another year at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but the non-profit is still seeking a new home for the future.

The center’s board had been scrambling the last few months to raise $36,000 for one year’s rent to the fairrounds, and managed to raise $15,000 prior to the June 30 deadline.

The board then had to secure a loan to pay the remaining $21,000 and keep the center as home through June 30, 2008, according to Executive Director Bette Worth.

“We still have to raise the money,” to pay off the loan, Worth said this morning. “We also still need to fund another location.”

Worth said board members have located alternative buildings in recent months for the center’s meals and activities programs, but the rent demands are roughly the same.

“We’re hoping to find a more favorable financial situation,” Worth said. That could include sharing a building with another program or business that could help pay the rent.

The center paid no rent for the past 25 years, but the fair’s governing board recently ordered the $3,000 per month charge to begin July 1. Fair CEO Ed Scofield said the rent began because the fair could no longer afford to offer the building for free.

The center is holding a brainstorming session about its future and a new location at 5 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds facility, which is accessed through Gate 2 on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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