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Claremont Senior Center kicking off fundraising campaign


CLAREMONT — Members of the Claremont Senior Center on Acer Heights Road is hoping to raise $60,000 to cover the cost of numerous building projects for the building.

“They started the original building here about 12 years ago with a campaign like this,” said Claire Lessard, executive director of the Claremont Senior Center.

“We need a new roof and now the bids that are coming in are over $40,000,” she said.

The dining hall also needs new chairs, which is expected to cost about $4,000.

Additionally there is drainage and cement work around the building that need to be addressed, Lessard said.

“I can get grants for some of this, but not for all of this,” Lessard said.

Lessard is the only paid employee of the non-profit, which runs on volunteers.

The center has more than 400 members who attend various activities and events at the center throughout the week, including lunch on Tuesday and Thursday, which is open to the public.

Along with billiards and Ping Pong, Mahjongg is very popular.

Mahjongg is that hot thing around here,” Lessard said. “Cribbage is not so popular. We have it, but not many people come.”

These activities along with exercise classes, health clinics, guest speakers, educational events and computer, technology and tax help make the center a vital part of the community for seniors, Lessard said.

“All programs are open to the community. Anything the community wants to attend. We’re a vital piece of Claremont and we were a well hidden diamond for a long time,” Lessard said.

Checks can be made out to the Claremont Senior Center, Inc.

Donations can be dropped off at the center or mailed to the center at 5 Acer Heights Road, Claremont 03743.

There are several levels of suggested giving: Diamond level — $5,000 and over, Gold — under $5,000 to $2,500, Silver — under $2,500 to $100 and Bronze — $500 and $1,000 and Generous $250 to $500.

Other amounts and stocks, if that is how people want to give, are also welcome, Lessard said.

Donors will be honored with a plaque at the center, Lessard said.

For more information contact Lessard at seniorctr5@comcast.net.

mpierce@newstote.com

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