ISREAL TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, April 29, the Preble County Commissioners held the Sixth Annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball at the Hueston Woods State Park Lodge.
The event raised over $20,000.
The formal fundraising event, complete with dinner and dancing, has a mission of raising awareness “of the needs of the Preble County community and to solicit donations to support selected charities.”
The Preble County Development Partnership assists with the preparations for the charity ball.
Commissioners selected the four community organizations which will receive the proceeds from the event: Preble County Junior Fair Board, Youth For Christ, Twin Valley Rod & Gun Club and Preble County Meals on Wheels.
Junior Fair Board
The Preble County Junior Fair Board is a group of young people who coordinate the activities of all Preble County youth organizations at the Preble County Fair. These young people not only gain valuable life skills through their participation in Junior Fair Board but they also touch the lives of all Junior Fair exhibitors. By coordinating activities and events, the Junior Fair Board members help exhibitors showcase the project work done throughout the year and find satisfaction in a job well done. Junior Fair Board members also serve as role models for younger exhibitors sharing the values of the Preble County community, according to commissioners.
Youth For Christ
Youth for Christ helps local teenagers find positive direction, meaning, and purpose for their lives while building a strong foundation for life and positively impacting their schools. Since the vision of YFC is to see every young person experience the full life for which they were created, all teenagers are invited to take part in Youth for Christ activities. YFC partners with other like-minded businesses, organizations, churches and individuals to work with high school and middle school students through a wide variety of means including small and large group meetings, clubs, student leadership, big events, adventure trips, mission projects, and retreats. YFC encourages students to live a balanced life — socially, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Twin Valley Rod & Gun Club
The Twin Valley Rod & Gun Club of Preble County is one of the oldest conservation clubs in Southwest Ohio. The mission of this organization, founded in 1932, was primarily to conserve and protect the wildlife and habitat of the forests rich in deer, coyote, fox, rabbits and squirrels and the streams filled with fresh water fish. And this mission is still in existence today: conservation and protection.
One important emphasis of today’s TVRGC organization is on educating the county’s youth. Programs that emphasize education first and foremost continue to be a part of the national culture and are encouraged and supported. Continued support of hunter education classes taught at both the club and at Hueston Woods State Park give the youth an opportunity to be skilled outdoorsmen and safe hunters. The Annual Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club Youth Night activities provide the county’s youth and surrounding communities an opportunity to ask questions, gain information on the safe handling of firearms, and the experience of actually shooting a gun under the direction of certified Hunter Education instructors.
In the fall, the TVR&GC sponsors a pheasant hunt which gives young hunters a day in the field and a hands-on experience. This activity is made possible by volunteers on the local level and from grant monies from the state. More recently, the club has partnered with local school districts to promote archery programs within the classroom setting. Many students have enrolled in these programs and are enjoying the benefits of becoming knowledgeable and skilled in these outdoor sports. All of these programs are provided at no expense to the young participants.
Preble County Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels are provided to Preble County eligible seniors 60 years and older by the Preble County Council on Aging (PCCOA). A freshly prepared hot meal that meets 1/3 of a seniors Recommended Daily Intake is delivered each Monday through Friday. In addition to a nutritious meal, meal delivery provides a wellness check by a driver who is trained to respond to any emergencies that require immediate attention and to report any changes in the senior’s behavior or condition. Meal drivers provide individualized support for each senior meal recipient. The driver may help the senior by opening the meal or beverage, or they can also help in performing simple, daily tasks such as bringing in the mail. The recipients of the meals develop friendships with the delivery drivers and look forward to the meal as well as the visit.
Sponsors for this year’s gala included T&M Associates, Butler Rural Electric, Clemans-Nelson & Associates, Preble County Development Partnership, Lawn Plus, The Register-Herald, Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center, C. Gatland Photography & Design, Summitt Chiropractic, Roselius Insurance, Beck’s, Reid Health, Ohio CAT, Dan & Barbara Filbrun, Silfex, and Larkin Cobb Chevrolet, Buick, GMC.
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