Fundraiser approaches

This Thursday, Community Seeds will host its 11th Annual Prime Rib Dinner fundraiser at the National Guard Armory in Greenville.

Community Seeds, a non-profit based out of Lone Oak, helps provide food, clothing, emergency rent and utility support, transitional housing, and vocational education programs to those in need in Hunt, Rains and Hopkins County.

This Thursday, the charity will host its 11th Annual Prime Rib Dinner fundraiser at the National Guard Armory in Greenville.

In addition to a lavish dinner, attendees will be treated to performances of Christmas and Christian music and hear about the work that Community Seeds is doing.

One of the charity’s projects that will likely be discussed is its incubator kitchen, which is to be a sort of “lab kitchen” that can be rented at affordable rates so that entrepreneurs, people needing training in the restaurant industry, and amateur chefs can cook items to sell that meet USDA requirements. The kitchen that Community Seeds has been developing is at 100 Katy Street in Lone Oak.

At last year’s Prime Rib Dinner fundraiser, supporters got to hear from Aubrey Coffey, someone who had benefitted from the organization’s services.

“I live in a transitional home,” she said. “I was on the streets, I lost my kids, and I was in a very low place … but now, I’m studying for a final as I work on my nursing certificate. I wouldn’t be able to say that if it weren’t for Community Seeds.”

This year’s dinner will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, at the National Guard Armory at 9314 Jack Finney Blvd., in Greenville.

Plates are still available for $75 each, but those who pay at the door will have to wait to be seated.

Anyone with questions about the fundraiser, the services Community Seeds provides or who would like to make a donation can visit their website at or call them at 903-634-5673.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email

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