We ended the year on a high note. We discussed a community service project at our November meeting. Member Carole Dennis, a librarian at Hickory’s Ridgeview Library, reported the staff at the nearby Community Ridge Day Care Center, a United Way agency that serves low-income families, was bereft at the recent death of Donna Ballenger, who had co-founded the center with her late husband, Cong. Cass Ballenger, and who had continued to provide operating funds.
Members Donna Roulic and Priscilla Wilfong met with the center’s director, Janey Connor, and learned the center’s biggest need was new carpeting. Donna led the effort and obtained specifications and price quotes for carpet. Our group reached out to our members and to leading area Democratic women and then teamed with the Ballenger Family Partnership. Combined, we raised nearly $4,800, which covers the carpet cost with some money left over for other needs. We raised about $2,300 and the Ballenger Family Partnership wrote a check for $2,500. Here’s the photo that appeared in the Dec. 24, 2016, Hickory Daily Record along with an article about the project. Pictured, from left to right, are: Lynn Dorfman, D.D. Ballenger Weaver, Janey Connor, Missy Ballenger Jordan, and Donna Roulic.