Fundraiser for Laura Lee Fellowship House set June 27

DANVILLE — Friends of Laura Lee Fellowship House will host a wine-and-cheese reception to raise money for the 99-year-old community agency.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. June 27 at Social, a new event venue at 38 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville.

Admission is a $20 donation. People who give a $100 donation or more will receive a special invitation to a VIP reception, which begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be bought online at http://www.llfh.eventbrite.com; at Laura Lee Fellowship House, 212 E. Williams St.; or from various community members.

Donations are tax deductible, and all proceeds will benefit the organization.

Tracing its roots back to community and social activist Laura Lee, the organization today offers a variety of activities for young people, including talent shows, cultural enrichment, recreation and teen programs. The organization serves more than 70 youths a day in its after-school program.

The organization also provides meals, clubs, crafts and other activities for senior citizens. In addition, it presents workshops and seminars to help the community.

Earlier this year, Laura Lee was in dire financial straits and needed to raise $20,000 in a short time, said Katasha Butler, a Danville native who owns Social along with Tukeua Jones, another Danville native.

Butler recalled that Alice Payne, Laura Lee's executive director, approached her and Jones for a donation.

"We were both about to make individual contributions, but then we thought about how the best utilize the facility that we already own. Why not use it to make a larger impact than what we could do ourselves?" Butler said.

"Alice Payne has always been a mentor to me and a special person in my life, as Laura Lee has been," Jones added. "I grew up attending events and participating in programs there. We want to see it continue for generations after us."

Although Laura Lee met the immediate financial deadline in March, officials said funds are still needed to keep it operating in the future.

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