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En-Gedi to host fundraiser


Mark your calendars now for a special event called “En-Gedi – Come Be Refreshed” on Friday, May 13 at 7 pm in the Cedar Springs High School. This event will serve as an opportunity to learn more about the En-Gedi youth center and earn much needed funding for this mission. A free Dessert Buffet/Cook-off with 15 area licensed caterers and area restaurants to be selected to provide an assortment of desserts. Attendees will vote for their favorite dessert. Local musicians are currently being interviewed for Christian music in the auditorium. The hallways will be lined with silent auction surprises. A 30-minute window will allow participants an opportunity to bid on items such as an autographed MSU basketball by Coach Tom Izzo, a guided turkey hunt by CTA’s Dan George, a one-night stay at W.W. Lodge, a spring lawn clean-up, golf packages, salon services, auto repairs, a desktop computer, and many more special items. Donations for the silent auction are still needed. No donation is too large or too small. The event will also provide an opportunity to “Support a Student” with a cash donation as well as a challenge to areas businesses to match the money earned in the silent auction. En-Gedi is hoping to raise about $10,000 and secure 25 volunteers during this first-ever event. It will be an opportunity to meet some of the young people attending En-Gedi and hear their story first hand.

Sue Wolfe will gladly pick up your donations if you call her at 696-2246, or you can mail it to 15290 Tisdel Ave, Cedar Springs. Or you can stop in and check out En-Gedi at Red Hawk Elementary on Monday through Thursday from 2:15-5 p.m. and see for yourself what is happening.

Volunteers are greatly needed one day a month or one day a week to just hang out at En-Gedi and serve as an adult who cares, while watching over the students.

En-Gedi’s website is www.En-GediYouthCenter.com or e-mail SueQ@hughes.net or EnGediYouthCenter@gmail.com.

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Youth center growing


En-Gedi, meaning “a place to be refreshed,” seems to have brought a breath of fresh air to the Cedar Springs Community as area residents and business professionals strive to provide the much-needed support to keep this community youth center alive.

En-Gedi provides 6-12th graders with a place to hang out, provide special events, mentoring, tutoring, intramural sports, and community service opportunities. The center is growing by leaps and bounds, with 85-plus kids attending every day, Monday—Thursday, from 2:15-5 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary. With that many kids, an additional classroom was greatly needed, according to En-Gedi Director and Solon Wesleyan Youth Pastor, Tom Holloway.

The Mabie Family (Don, June, Chris, and Tim Mabie) recently stepped up to make that  happen with a second significant cash contribution after learning a fifth room was needed.

“We have over 200 students registered with En-Gedi now,” said Holloway. “Recently we had 110 students at En-Gedi all on one day. We keep outgrowing our space. En-Gedi has the general gathering room with a ping-pong table, video games, couches, and a pool table; the media center for reading, art, and tutoring; the computer lab for students to use and the food room/oasis room provides an area for snacks, drinks, board games, and a television.” He said that with the Mabie donation, a fifth room was added so a “Ga-Ga Ball” court could be assembled. “This is a smaller-scaled circular version of indoor soccer,” he explained. “The kids like some physical activity and this new game is both fast-paced and exciting. Volunteers will be painting and decorating the recently added rooms over spring break,” he added.

Holloway continued, “This youth center has been on the hearts and minds of many people within this community for several years. I believe God is leading this project which is why En-Gedi’s needs continue to be met one-by-one just when we need them the most.”

En-Gedi board member Sue Wolfe feels the same way. “We are so grateful for our local business supporters that have donated either funds or equipment for En-Gedi,” said Wolfe.  “Many individuals, the ministerial association, and churches have donated money and volunteered hours to En-Gedi, which is a non-profit Christ-centered 501c3 organization. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support,” she added.

Most recently, CAN (Community Action Network) decided to assist En-Gedi by volunteering. “This exemplifies En-Gedi’s vision of working together with organizations already in place to help students make positive life choices and under the belief the community is Better Together,” explained Wolfe.

Read more in next week’s Post about a special event to be held on May 13 at Cedar Springs High School at 7 p.m. called “En-Gedi—Come be refreshed.” You won’t want to miss it!

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