Center eyes chili to heat up fundraising

GLOVERSVILLE – The Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County is continuing its efforts to raise money, center officials say.

The senior center previously held a Chili Trifecta fundraiser last January to raise money and the event featured a variety of chili, including venison, beef and vegetarian.

The event will be held again this year, but this time as a Chili Exacta. Beef and venison chili will be offered with “all the fixings one could hope for,” said center board member Charlie Potter.

He said after last year’s results, the center decided to put more of a focus on the most popular chili options.

“Sometimes an exacta pays off a lot more than the trifecta,” he said about the change. “I truly believe that the center is becoming a multi-generational facility and will continue to be a beacon for the seniors as a place they can count on.”

Potter said last year’s event was well attended, with more than 100 guests, and the center collected about $700, which was used to help pay the senior center’s expenses.

Potter said he and the board would like to hold events like this during the colder months for the community.

In February, the center will host the Great Pig Rescue where it will sell pulled pork sliders and baked beans, while March will bring the cornbeef and cabbage event.

The center uses a variety of fundraisers to generate money, but fundraisers alone can’t cover all the operational costs, said Eugene Reppenhagen, president of the center’s Board of Directors. Donations also are an important source of income, he said.

Reppenhagen said the senior center receives $7,500 from the town of Johnstown and also will receive $8,500 from Gloversville.

The center has operating costs of about $8,000 a month and the center now operates with two part-time employees on staff, Reppenhagen said.

Reppenhagen said the center allows senior citizens and younger people to use the center for parties, meetings and other activities. He said many clubs and organizations use the facility for meetings regularly.

Recently, the Board of Directors decided to allow the First Free Methodist Church to use its facility Thursday mornings during the winter months for its Mass Food event.

The center also provides space for the Recreation Commission.

“We are trying to encourage more participation down at the center,” Potter said. “We hope that if someone comes, they will notice the space and decide to rent it out for their own events. It gives potential to more avenues of revenue.”

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the senior center and tickets can be purchased at the center for $6 per person or $10 for two tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 518-866-9783.

“We are here to serve the community and I promise it will be worth every penny,” Reppenhagen said.