PLYMOUTH — Thanks to Plymouth State University and Sodexo, spacious Prospect Hall will be the venue for the ninth annual Keep the Heat On (KTHO) fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Our supporters will also be pleased to learn that Lisa Lovett will join KTHO as auctioneer this year for the first time. Lisa serves as Executive Director of the Little Church Theater, and is certain to bring her special energy to the live auction!
The need for fuel assistance increases every year, and this winter promises to be no different. The Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) has already provided $7,500 in fuel assistance to families in 15 area towns this season.
Who are the neighbors that the PACC helps with these funds? No records are kept of those who receive assistance, but a PACC spokesperson offered some insights.
Many are older folks, some on Social Security, some not yet eligible. Some are young families. Some are single moms. In every one of their cases, something goes wrong. Illness strikes, leading to increased costs for treatment and prescriptions. A job is lost. There is a death in the family. A grandchild moves in, and the budget won’t stretch far enough to feed and clothe him on top of paying the fuel bill.
They are proud people who own or rent their homes (PACC assistance is for home heating fuel only, and not automobile gas). All funds raised through KTHO enable them to make ends meet.
Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) and the KTHO committee thank our many generous friends who have already responded to the urgent appeal for fuel assistance funds for our neighbors. Sponsors are signing on to help in a big way, and new auction items are coming in every day.
Among the fabulous items available to the highest bidder will be a Nantucket Seaside Getaway for up to four people, a romantic stay for two at a Westin hotel in your choice of Boston or New York, and an exquisite queen-size quilt, handmade by the Heartfelt Quilters Guild! For the wine connoisseur, KTHO Committee members are again pitching in to contribute a mixed case of wonderful wines. Contributions for the auction—both silent and live—are always truly extraordinary, so be sure to bring your checkbook to KTHO!
Every year, the KTHO committee is overwhelmed by the generosity of local restaurants’ menu contributions, and we anticipate that they will outdo themselves again this year. Keep watching this paper for the line-up of restaurateurs who will provide scrumptious appetizers, soup and salad, a wonderfully varied dinner buffet, and a stunning selection of desserts.
Tickets to KTHO ($35 each) will be available starting in early December ONLY at Chase Street Market on Main Street in Plymouth, and will be limited again this year. Keep the Heat On is organized and sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats (PAD) partnered with PACC in their continued mission to provide assistance to our neighbors.