On Friday Sept. 21, I had the great opportunity of attending my fifth FCE Deanburg Day here in Chester County. Even if you have lived in Chester County for quite some time, you still may not know what Deanburg Day is all about, so let me fill you in! Deanburg Day is a day I look forward to each year as soon as our Family and Community Education Club known as the “Deanburg” club sets the date for the event. It signals the beginning of fall as the event is usually held in mid-September and it signals a day of community service, fun, and fellowship.
One reason for hosting Deanburg Day each year is to celebrate the wonderful community of Deanburg and many of our FCE members who hail from that area of the county. The day is spent at the Deanburg Community Center, not too far from Chickasaw State Park. While the events of the day change somewhat from year to year the highlight of the day always stays the same—a benefit auction with a portion of the proceeds raised going to the Exchange Club—Carl Perkins Center of Chester County.
This year, Kirbi Fahs, County Director for our local Carl Perkins branch, was able to join us for the auction and she spoke about several services that the Carl Perkins Center provides. The mission of the Carl Perkins Center is “to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee, and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.”
After Kirbi’s heartwarming address, the bidding got underway. FCE members who donate items for the auction bring in home decorating items, furniture, clothes, books, homemade crafts, and even fresh produce from their gardens. Bidding gets competitive at the Deanburg auction … and it pays off! Since 2006, the Deanburg Day auction and other fundraisers led by local FCE members have generated almost $4,000 for the Carl Perkins Center.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of touring the Carl Perkins Center here in Chester County as part of this year’s Leadership Chester program. I was simply amazed at how much the Carl Perkins Center does for children and families in our area. Kirbi and her team do an outstanding job caring for those in our community who need it the most. The Chester County FCE members and I are very appreciative of all the work that the Carl Perkins Center does each and every day.
The Deanburg FCE group would like to say a big “thank you” to all of the Chester County and McNairy County FCE members who were able to attend the event this year, as well as the several guests we had. Plans are already in the works for next year’s Deanburg Day.
If you would like more information about FCE clubs in Chester County, please call the UT Extension Office at 989-2103. If you would like more information about the Carl Perkins Center, please call 989-7222.