Garage sale Nov. 11 benefits United Fund HQ renovations


AMBUCS of East Texas will host a garage sale fundraiser at 109 S. Martin St. Saturday morning, putting the proceeds from the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. event toward renovating the building as a local hub for Kilgore United Fund and other nonprofits.

The Nov. 11 sale falls a little more than a year after the Rudman Foundation granted the building to United Fund. Since then, volunteers from the fundraising initiative – which is pursuing an $80,000 target in 2017 on behalf of 11 local nonprofits – have been slowly renovating the property.

The 1,700 square-foot space has been used in a variety of ways since it was constructed in 1951. Once the new renovations are complete, Kilgore United Fund will use the former Kilgore Chamber of Commerce building, former commercial property as a meeting space for nonprofits, including UF and its benefiting charities as well as others in need of the room.

None of United Fund’s general campaign contributions are being used in the renovations: the project is being funded by AMBUCS, the garage sale and earmarked donations.

Meanwhile, United Fund’s volunteers continue to raise money for the year’s fundraising goal, augmenting donations collected from the drive’s Pacesetters as well as the Oct. 28 Nightmare on Main Street wine-and-shopping fundraiser.

Commitment cards are available from the group’s volunteers and from Kilgore United Fund Co-President Merlyn Holmes at the East Texas Oil Museum. Filling out one of the pledges, local donors – individuals, businesses and organizations – can contribute cash or check donations or agree to a monthly payroll donation through September 2018.

Proceeds from United Fund’s 2017 drive will be allocated to 11 nonprofits active in Kilgore and selected by UF volunteers. The charity beneficiaries include Because I Care, Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County – Kilgore Unit, East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, East Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates, East Texas Literacy Council, East Texas Treatment Center, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands of Kilgore, Friends of Partners in Prevention and Parenting Resource Center.

For more information about the 2017 campaign or the Nov. 11 garage sale, contact Holmes at 903-736-4265.


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