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International Night to raise funds for new senior center

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TOWNSEND — The Friends of the Townsend Seniors are making strides toward building a new senior center in town.

Friends board members met on Monday to put the finishing touches on their largest fundraiser of the year, the International Dinner. The event will be held at the Townsend VFW Post on Friday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Board of directors member Connie Giles said this is the sixth-annual International Night, and every year has been huge success.

”It’s the biggest fundraiser we have,” Giles said. “So far we have over 32 different types of casseroles and 22 different desserts coming.”

Funds raised by the event will go toward some aspect of the new senior center project, whether for construction, furnishings or other needs.

Friends president Russell Moore told the board there is also money in the William E. May Endowment Fund, earmarked for the senior center.

”The money market account has $11,596.50, and the certificate of deposit has $12,479.26,” Moore said. “Some of this will be used for the first round of grants the town may get for the senior center. These will mostly be matching grants, so the match money will come from one of these accounts.”

Moore also serves on the Senior Center Building Committee, and noted they are “hot and heavy to get busy with this. There are grants available for green buildings, so that is where we are looking,” he said.

Tickets for the International Dinner may be purchased at the door in advance or by calling Robert Tumber at (978) 597-8843. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $4 for children ages 10 and under.

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