Those who have been to the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center know it is bustling with activity. From weekly dances and exercise classes to courses in self defense, several activities that take the stage at the center rely on the facility's dance floor.
"Fish, Funnies and Fashion," a fundraiser to benefit the center's dance floor, will be held at the city of Stephenville's Recreation Hall from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 26.
The dance floor, like the center itself, is showing its age and center director Sandy Morgan said the floor has been repaired several times over the years.
"It has been fixed so many times, areas that have been repaired have become unleveled, some tiles are broken and the floor is only going to continue to get worse," Morgan said, adding that she hopes the floor will be replaced before it is no longer usable or becomes a threat to the silver sneakers that glide across it each week.
Morgan said the best available option is to construct a new dance floor, which the city estimates will come with a $10,000-$15,000 price tag.
While Morgan has made a mission of making the most of the center's operating budget, there is little wiggle room when it comes to added expenses.
"We are lucky that the city gives us a budget to work with, but it is just enough to get by and does not have the funds needed for larger projects," Morgan said.
Unfortunately for the center and the city as a whole, several projects have been placed on the back burner awaiting better economic times and renovations to the existing senior center or the potential construction of a new facility have been sidelined.
But the economy is not enough to deter community members who frequent the senior center and others who know the importance the facility plays as a social hub for seniors and others. A number of Stephenville businesses and organizations have manned up to help organize and event to raise money needed to complete the project.
The Stephenville Bass Club hopes to reel in attendees with a Texas-sized portion of fish, which club members will fry to perfection, and local Girl Scouts are doing their part by serving attendees. Donations from Hard Eight BBQ, M L Phinney Distributing and Baxter Chemical & Janitorial Supply will make the meal complete, while Scott's Flowers and Stephenville Floral will top of the tables with a bit of floral flair.
But the treats don't stop with the eats. Players from Stephenville High School, under the direction of Mindy Pope, will entertain the crowd as they perform short skits throughout the meal. And a casual fashion show will put the latest seasonal fashions from Bealls and JC Penney on display as models take to the catwalk.
Morgan said there is only one thing missing from the equation - you.
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center, located at 164 East College Street; Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department, located at 378 West Long Street; or from Tracy Riggs at City Hall.
Golden Ticket Reserve Seating is also available.
For more information, contact Morgan at the senior center at 918-1288.