HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center has announced that its two largest fundraising events will be held virtually in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The fifth Hot Summer Nights Dinner & Auction and the 22nd Retirement Lifestyle Expo will both be held digitally in order to ensure participants' safety.
"We're adapting our in-person events for everyone's safety," said Committee Chair Bob Lipscomb. "Like so many nonprofits, this leaves us struggling to maintain all of our services - including the city's Meals on Wheels and the Center for Adult Day Care - at the current level."
A GoFundMe has been created for the 22nd Retirement Lifestyle Expo.
The Hot Summer Nights Auction is all online. You can browse through all the items from your phone or computer.
"It will be different because the auction has that hands on, tangible, oh let me see what's in that basket. It's a little bit more difficult doing it online because you don't have that detail," said Marketing Director Cathie Mayne.
Even though they've been closed since March, they haven't stopped providing services.
"Our nurses are still going out. We have five other nutrition areas around the county where we also serve meals," said Mayne. "We have a lot of classes that are going online, and we'll have a lot of zoom meetings. We're just trying to be as creative as we can to reach our population."
The senior center has also taken a hit during the pandemic. They have a goal to raise $100,000.
"Like any non profit, you have a budget. You have long range plans. You have goals and objectives. If we don't meet our budget requirements, we have to cut services," said Mayne.
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