LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was a last ditch effort to save the heart of the Smoketown community.
A grassroots telethon with 8 volunteers armed with cell phones, phone lists and a lofty goal.
It was all inspired by the community center’s history and its value to Smoketown residents of all ages.
Thomas Rucker grew up in the Presbyterian Community Center, when the Sheppard Square housing project was still standing.
“Basketball, football, just something to keep me active and keep me going in the right direction,” he said.
As new mixed income housing goes in its place, advocates say the Presbyterian Community Center is needed much as ever.
“It prevents problems if they get to the youth early. It prevents health problems [and] it prevents some of the social problems,” Kay Robertson said.
Rucker credits the center with giving him a safe place to learn positive skills. It’s why he and many other parents were happy to have their kids call this a second home as well.
Local businessman Charlie Johnson and other business leaders are challenging at least 2,000 people in the community to donate $100 a piece.
It will close for good on Friday if the money doesn’t come through but they do have plans to keep the Child Development Center open.
Click here for the official PCC website.
There's a place to make donations using Paypal at the bottom of the page. To donate over the phone, you are asked to call (502) 584 - 0201.