A fundraiser held on Saturday, Feb. 24 benefitting the Oak Grove Community Organization was successful with 255 attendees.
The fish fry was held at Graves Memorial Baptist Church on Oak Grove Road at 5 p.m. in the evening. The Oak Grove Community Organization is raising funds to complete a construction project that is already underway. The new building will ultimately benefit the citizens of the Oak Grove and Marche communities.
“Despite the rain and tornado warnings we fed 255 people at the fish fry,” President of the non-profit and Oak Grove Community Crime Watch Treasurer LaNell Sterling said. “We don’t have the final total back just yet, since some donated and purchased tickets through other avenues. I do know we received $1550 in private donations directly made to the Oak Grove Community Organization.”
Graves Memorial Baptist Church was proud to host the event on behalf of the organization.
“This benefit fish fry allowed us to spread the word about the great work that is happening in this area,” Graves Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Travis Matthews said. “Our church family and those that volunteered at the fish fry; were so excited to have the opportunity to serve our community. This project will make this area of North Little Rock a better place for everyone.”
The construction project, that will become a future community center, is incomplete due to a lack of funding. The lack of funding is a result of frozen grant money; the money was frozen after the construction had already begun late last year.
The new community building will serve as a safe meeting place for locals that live nearby. The Oak Grove Community Organization will also provide offices inside the building for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Northwest Substation.
“The new building will provide deputies a safe, clean, healthy location to complete reports, submit evidence and take walk-in complaints,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Matthew Gentry said. “We are very grateful to all of the citizens that have banned together to make this a possibility.”
Once the interior of the new community building is completed and finalized, the organization hopes to add an outdoor pavilion area for cookouts.
Members of the non-profit are hoping to raise $50,000 to complete the remaining phases of the project. The money will help the group complete all electrical work within the building; fund the addition of windows, walls and a septic system.
A second fish fry will be held in the spring; along with additional fundraisers throughout the year.
“We are hoping to host another fish fry in the spring with the possibility of a silent auction,” Sterling said. “We are also in the process of planning other fundraisers.”
To donate to the community project checks are payable to the Oak Grove Community Organization and may be mailed to 4504 Burrow Drive North Little Rock, AR 72116.