ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A local nonprofit has taken initiative to support the small businesses that were displaced by January’s Masonic Temple fire. Phoenix Rising Lost Souls has partnered with Purina to host Community Cares Day, a family oriented event from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Zane’s Landing Park.
Chelsey McIntire, Joanna Burchett and Tommie Parker are all displaced tenants of the building who are promoting the event, the trio took time to explain the mission of the event.
“All of the money that we raise will come back to Phoenix Rising and that money is going to be to get the businesses that were located in the temple back up and running,” McIntire said. “Currently we have a raffle going on to help Tommie get his food truck so he can restart his business. The raffle tickets are $10 a piece. There’s 300 tickets and you can win great prizes: Kings Island tickets, gift cards, baskets, and lots of great things.”
Community Cares Day will have something for everybody. They plan to honor the first responders of the masonic temple fire at 1 p.m. will be giving away 11 bicycles, 3 power-wheels and Networking bags full of goodies for the first 100 families.
“After we’re done helping the Masonic Temple tenants get back on their feet and get those small businesses up and going, Phoenix Rising will be here in the community to be a resource for all small and local businesses here in the community. It will be a way for us to network everyone together and if somebody needs help, we’ll be there to help and if somebody goes through a tragedy, we’ll that entire network to stand behind them, to help them back up, so that no one has to feel the way we kind of did after the fire. Feeling like we were left alone,” Burchett said.
Community Cares Day has room for more vendors and sponsorships along with a full schedule of entertainment. For more information you can call McIntire at (740) 221-6505 or visit Community Cares Day on the Facebook event page.