About a month ago, the future of Fiesta in Fuqua was uncertain.
The Stephens County Health Department, which had sponsored the program for a few years, was unable to do so. There was no one to head the program, and funding was in short supply.
During a meeting Tuesday, members of the community met to discuss the progress made since the end of May.
Daisy Lawler is the chairwoman for this year’s event. Fiesta in Fuqua aims to help get students and parents ready for the beginning of the school year by equipping them with school supplies and information.
About 17 people attended Tuesday’s meeting, to see what has been done and what is still needed for the annual program, which will be Aug. 7.
Lawler and the other committee members discussed what has already been done. Lawler said the Fiesta account has $4,393.79, which is the majority of the money needed for the event.
She said two commitments should add some more money to the committee’s fund, including a $300 commitment from Citizens for Children and a $100 commitment from the United Way of Stephens County.
Deborah Smith with Smart Start of Stephens County said Smart Start usually donates about $300.
With donations from Citizens for Children, United Way and Smart Start, almost all of the minimum donations will be collected.
The biggest expenditure is the school supplies, which will be handed out during the event.
The committee will hand out 75 bags for each grade during the event.
The Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club donated an hour of Kiddieland Park for the event. To use the park for the rest of the needed time, it will cost $560. Cotton Electric is donating $560 for this reason.
Hot dogs will be donated, and the committee will purchase an additional case to make sure everyone gets to eat.
A variety of other items will be donated, including 10 cases of two liter soft drinks and 1,000 cups.
Some of the sponsors used in previous years won’t be participating this year. But the committee has found additional sponsors.
To pull the program together, Lawler said some funding and volunteers are still needed.
She said the event will get some aid from the Comanche Key Club, the Lucky Circle Social Club and the New Hope Baptist Church West youth.
“We’ll still need some volunteers,” Lawler said.
The next meeting to discuss the Fiesta in Fuqua will be at noon July 13, in New Hope Baptist Church West.
The final meeting will be at noon Aug. 2, in the church.
— Derrick Miller is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 160, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.