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A place in the shade

Maplewood Manor, minus an awning that was destroyed in a storm two years ago. A past resident’s daughter is heading up an effort to raise funds to replace the awning. Submitted photo.

Maplewood Manor, minus an awning that was destroyed in a storm two years ago. A past resident’s daughter is heading up an effort to raise funds to replace the awning. Submitted photo.

To date, over $5,000 has been raised, mostly through basket raffle sales.

Rosera has had a lot of positive response from area businesses that have supplied gift certificates and other items for the baskets. Each raffle sale brings in about $900. She also organized a recent garage sale at the home that yielded $3,000.

“The residents had a great time. It was a lot of fun for the residents who can no longer enjoy going out garage sale-ing,” said Brown.

Maplewood Manor Administrator Diane Brown said the awning is considered a “priority issue” by the County Board of Supervisors, but it is not at the top the list and would likely never be considered a “maintenance issue.”

“Even if it (funding) was approved, something more urgent would probably come up,” said Brown.

While the Awning Project is being assisted by volunteers in the Resident Association, the effort is not officially attached to that group or the money is raises for social activities. Social activities at Maplewood Manor have been funded by the Resident Association for most of the home’s history, which dates back to 1972.

Brown said it has always been the policy that social activities, which run about $8,000 every year, be paid for by the association. Money for activities is not available through Medicare or Medicaid, and as such need to be raised by other means.

The association raises its money through bake sales and raffles at events that include a Car Cruise and one of their biggest events of the year, Country Fest/USA Day.

This year’s Country Fest/USA Day will be held on Wednesday, June27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maplewood Manor and is open to the public. The Car Cruise is set for Thursday, July 26.

For more information on The Awning Project, contact the administrative offices at Maplewood Manor at 885-2218 or inquire by email to scmmawningproject@gmail.com.

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