Butler Heritage Foundation gymatorium open house
The Butler Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a public open house to celebrate the renovations to the gymatorium. The open house will be Sunday September 12, at 4 p.m. at the Butler Community Center campus, 1103 S 6th St.
“We are extremely pleased with the completed renovation of the gymatorium,” said Sheila Squire, vice chair of the Butler Heritage Foundation. “We know it will serve as a great asset to the community. We are excited about the new features; a newly installed basketball court, two flex rooms, five bathrooms, along with a newly created hallway that connects all rooms in the back of the gymnasium. We are elated with the air conditional systems!
The renovations were financed from the generosity of Butler Heritage Foundation membership, graduates of Butler High School, and grants from the Byerly Foundation, the Sonoco Foundation and Longleaf Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas. The Foundation is planning more renovations to the campus by way of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program
. The mission of the Butler Heritage Foundation is to preserve the legacy of Butler High School by establishing a community and cultural center, and by providing and supporting diverse programs for all. After graduating the class of 1982, Butler High School closed, and the campus was used by the Darlington County School District. In September of 1991, alumni, friends, and former faculty organized to transform the campus into a community center. In November 1993, the Foundation formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to continue the renovation and management of the campus. Today, the campus houses the Boys & Girls Club and the Butler Senior Center.
Membership is only $20 annually (www.butlerheritagefoundation.org).
The open house on Sunday, September 12 will include light refreshments and a tour of the gymatorium. The Foundation board encourages everyone to attend the open house at 4 p.m., and then enjoy Gospel in the Park at 5 p.m. in Pride Park, 630 S. 6th Street.
According to Rev. Christopher Fraizer, chairman of the Foundation, “without all of you, we could not continue to the work on the campus. We are better together!”