A recent community rally at the Harpswell Neck Physical Education Association raised more than $5,000 for replacement tennis courts at HNPEA, as families enjoyed ice cream and live music.
The Leopard Girls group performed, other nonprofits shared information, and children made mud at a craft booth at the July 23 event.
With $5,244 from the event, HNPEA now has $92,044 of the $144,029 it needs to replace the deteriorating courts. A donor has offered to give the last $10,000.
Program director Deborah Cornish hopes the HNPEA can complete the campaign next year. The campaign started in October 2018 and HNPEA has held similar rallies every year since, except for 2020.
This year the event was designed to be more of a community gathering than just a fundraiser. In Cornish’s view, this fits the purpose of tennis courts, which are open to the public.
“That’s what the courts are for,” Cornish said. “That’s why we’re doing this, it’s for the community. We have a mission – we have been established since 1965, and the mission back then was to improve the quality of life by providing safe, well-maintained courts and opportunities to help strengthen bonds in the community. And we continue to do so.
HNPEA is eager to find new ways to bring the community together and make its last push towards the replacement project. To donate or learn more, visit hnpea.net.