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Cummings Cove residents raise $23,000 for Head Start center

ETOWAH — A Head Start center in Etowah will receive a grant of $23,000 thanks to the 2019 Cummings Cove Cares fundraiser.


“The results surpassed even the Committee’s wildest expectations,” said Cheryl Kent, chairwoman for Cummings Cove Cares. Over the past several months, members of the Cummings Cove Cares Committee and various subcommittees dedicated many hours of their time, creativity and personal resources to make the event a success. Cummings Cove Cares organizes every three years to support a local charity. This year the committee selected Etowah Children’s Center, which provides Head Start, Early Head Start and NC Pre-K childcare to children 1 month old to 5 years from needy families. The center is operated by Western Carolina Community Action.

“The residents of Cummings Cove are deeply committed to supporting the needs of children and particularly those in our closest communities,” Kent said. Proceeds raised will help fund improvements to the 245 Brickyard Rd., Etowah facility including the purchase of 3 outdoor playground shade structures, outdoor learning environment equipment, kitchen upgrades and children’s books.

Residents had many ways to participate in this year’s fundraiser including the publishing and subsequent sales of a Cummings Cove Cookbook, sales of book flags and a silent auction that was widely supported by Etowah and Hendersonville area businesses and Cummings Cove artists. There were also multiple golf tournaments, a charity night at Surf ‘n Brew and many resident activities. These activities included Ping Pong, Mah Jongg, Hand & Foot, Bridge, Euchre, Tennis, Pickelball and 3 walks to raise funds.