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County receives $750k grant to build new senior center
Groundbreaking planned for 2019
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Dawson County Senior Center Director Dawn Pruett poses with her clients after receiving news that the county has received a $750,000 grant to build a new senior center next to the existing one. - photo by For the Dawson County News
Dawson County seniors received great news last week when they learned that the county was awarded federal assistance to build a new senior center. Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett applied for the Community Development Block Grant in the spring, and heard on Aug. 24 that the county will receive $750,000 to make the dream of erecting a new senior center next to the existing Margie Weaver Senior Center a reality. The county was given donations amounting to around $944,000 by Betty Ann Burnett on behalf of the Pauline Ivey Trust in 2017, which Pruett said sparked the vision of the new center. “I would like to thank our clients, staff, elected officials and the community for the letters of support when applying for the grant,” she said. “This, along with the donation from the Ivey family, played a major role I’m sure in receiving this award.”