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Gift to keep welcome center in Hope open

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The Hope Area Welcome Center has received a donation that will help keep it operating.

The center received $1,200 from the Hope chapter of Royal Neighbors of America, a women-led fraternal benefit organization that was founded in the late 1800s, according to a media release.

Hope Camp No. 8432 was chartered April 9, 1918.

Over the years, the chapter has supported local activities, donating to Dollars for Scholars, Hope Food Bank, Community Center of Hope, Hope Ministerial Association, Hope Summer Playground and Hope Fire Department, among other efforts and organizations.

In 2013, as plans were discussed for the Hope chapter’s annual donation, Hope Area Welcome Center lost county tourism funding and faced the possibility of having to close.

Chapter members had worked with the welcome center during the annual Old Fashioned Fourth and last year’s dinner theater production, and they didn’t want to lose the Hope Area Welcome Center, according to a news release.

Royal Neighbors of America’s national office provides each year a matching grant to be used at the local level for the good of the community. The Hope chapter received permission to help the Hope Area Welcome Center.

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