The owner of a local hair salon and spa presented a donation to the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center's capital campaign fund and challenges others to do the same.
Lisia Tucker, owner of Aqua Bella Hair Salon and Spa, gave the center a check for $1,000. It will go toward their capitol campaign fund to build a brand new center for its more than 700 members, said Campaign Director Linda McClanahan.
McClanahan said the center was grateful for the huge donation. She said Tucker challenges all salons in Mt. Juliet to match or surpass the donation in support of the new center.
McClanahan was the center's director for several years and passed the baton to devote to fund-raising full time.
On Tuesday Tucker said many center board members and even more center members go to her salon on a regular basis, and she simply wanted to show support for the center's planned new building.
"So many of our precious clients are members of the Senior Center, and we know how much they need and enjoy its program," Tucker said.
Tucker is long known for her community outreach support.
McClanahan said the mission of the center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, educational and recreational activities to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
There are over 100 programs offered there, like arts and crafts, drama and music, education, recreation and of course, wellness.
They also offer travel and community services opportunities.
Land has been donated for a new building site; however, McClanahan has only a certain amount of time to raise the millions needed to build a new facility for that donation is rescinded.
Sam Anderson is the architect of the project that will double the current space, all on the same level. McClanahan said there are plans for a large group exercise room, a multi-purpose room will hold more than 200 people, a billiard room, a library/computer room, offices, meeting room and more. There are plans for an art gallery, as well.