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In October 2019, Center of the World was once again a Gold-level sponsor of Run to the Center of the World Half Marathon & 5K Run, which raised more than $3,200 for the New Troy Community Center.
Over the past 15 years, owners Terry and Lorraine Hanover, with assistance from Center of the World staff, have volunteered hundreds of hours of service for the Community Center, which receives no government funding, yet provides an under-privileged community with a multitude of services (lending library with Wifi, weekly story hour, summer reading programs, pickleball, yoga, local history collection, playground, demonstration rain garden, winter coat drive, recycling event, visits from Santa, indoor winter flea markets and much more).
Owned, maintained and operated by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy, the Center receives no tax dollars, but through 2019 has been supported entirely by fundraisers, donations and membership fees.
In 2019, Terry and Lorraine joined forces with Rotarian David Stevenson to write grants to rehab the Center's 4 restrooms. Built in 1962 as an elementary school, the Center's bathrooms have never been upgraded. As of December, two grants (Frederick S. Upton Foundation and Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation's Community Wellness Endowment) had been approved. More grants are in the pipeline, and the Hanovers are also helping to plan fundraisers for the Renovation Fund.