Non-profits raise money through fair food - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/09

Non-profits raise money through fair food

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - From turkey legs to corndogs, there's tons of delicious foods to eat while you're walking around the fair. Turns out all that green goes to good deeds.  There are over 50 non-profit booths at the fair this year, and all the cash spent filling your bellies, is filling the community with some good.

The New Deal Band Booster raises about $13,000 a year from the food they sell, and they've been there since the late 70's. "If we didn't have this money there is no way our kids could go on these trips. There's no way we could give out scholarships to our band students. Yes this money is very important," said New Deal Band Booster volunteer Jamie Looney.

The West Carlisle Fire Department and EMS has been at the fair for 15 years making funnel cakes. "We use it for training apparatus, fire apparatus, fire equipment, they have to have new gear by law every five years so that money has to come from somewhere," said West Carlisle EMS volunteer Billie Smith.

If you drink the famous strawberry lemonade, you're helping raise money for kids to go on mission trips. What about those corndogs from Church on the Rock you see everyone eating? "We raise our youth budget for our youth ministry every year, and we also are able to pour some of the extra finances that come in from the savings of this toward the dream center we're building for the community," said Associate Pastor Keith Watson.

The thousands of corndogs sold, turns into thousands of dollars for the new dream center. "We already have a food truck that delivers food to needy folks. We're going to have a medical center, and we have a tutoring center for children there, so we're excited about that," said Watson.

So next time you grab a treat from the fair, your mind and belly can rest assured that your money is going to a great cause.

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