Grand opening for Fortuna center connects young and old

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

What began as a vision of the late Gene Lucas more than a decade ago celebrated its grand opening last weekend. The Eel River Valley Multi-Generational Center is now officially open and providing a variety of services and programs to persons of all ages.

Community supporters were on hand for a ribbon cutting, barbecue lunch, and live music during the April 27 celebration. "This is your community and your center," MGC President of the Board of Directors Chris Cooper said, as those gathered applauded. With programs and services available for all ages at one center, Cooper said, "There is so much we can learn from each other ... young people, teens, and seniors."

Special thanks were given to the organizations that provided the financial resources to bring the project to fruition: the Mel & Grace McLean Foundation, the Smullin Foundation, and the Rose Perinen Foundation.

Cooper and MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett also expressed gratitude and appreciation to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last year to improve the facility both inside and out.

Activities offered at the MGC include exercise classes, monthly workshops, art, sewing, and writing classes, and a community arts night. As a non-profit organization, the MGC has released a wish list for supplies, and all donations are tax deductible. Items on the wish list include jump ropes, art supplies including paint brushes, clay, crayons, glue sticks, and drawing paper, children's books, puzzles, card games, and seeds and other gardening materials.

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Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Local elected officials join with community supporters, MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett (second from right) and MGC Board President Chris Cooper (with scissors) for a ribbon cutting at the grand opening celebration.