Letter to the Editor (regarding Fountain Place)
A few weeks ago Fountain Place Christian Retirement Center received heartbreaking news that our Tommy Bolt Golf Tournament proceeds were not coming to us but to a different charity. This was a sharp blow to us as we struggle to keep our rents down for our residents and give them a pleasant, happy home. We felt crushed and betrayed. Fifteen years ago when we started the golf tournament, Tommy Bolt saw the vision for an independent retirement community in the heart of a retirement founded town.
Some rumors are being heard that Fountain Place is “going down”. As Mark Twain once said, “the report of my death has been greatly exaggerated!” Fountain Place is a nonprofit facility and has struggled financially for many years. The last two years were the worst. Well, folks, we have taken off and are doing well. Our new manager, Kim Dulaney, is head on with the same vision Tommy Bolt had years ago and it will work. We will move forward without our golf tournament money but it doesn’t make it any easier. We have dried our tears and with God’s help and the help of our community we will continue to follow our vision.
On a positive note, I am announcing that we will have a fundraiser later this summer. We are planning to, once again, produce SPRING RIVER HAS TALENT. Some of you may remember this fun, entertaining evening welcoming the whole family. Prizes will be bigger and we plan to have wonderful door prizes as well. We are looking at a silent auction and, of course, great food will also be a part of this event. Watch for more information soon regarding the date, how to enter your talent and when tickets will go on sale. With the support of our community businesses, we will have a very successful event that can be enjoyed by many.
Midge Anderson, Chairman
Fountain Place Board of Directors