Intuit CEO, Marshall coach attend C-K fundraiser
KENOVA — The Ceredo-Kenova Community Center hosted a fundraiser Saturday evening with a reception in the gymnasium of the community center followed by a dinner across the street at First Baptist Church.
Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, and Marshall University men’s basketball head coach Dan D’Antoni both spoke at the event.
The C-K Community Center is working toward a $33,000 goal for a new roof, flooring and bleachers for the gymnasium. The building was dedicated in 1950 and serves more than 4,000 community members with 18 programs.
“It’s the heart of a community,” D’Antoni said. “To maintain a building like this is maintaining communities and memories.”
D’Antoni also commended those who donated to the cause.
“In doing this, you’re doing more than making a pledge. You’re making a home,” he said. “It doesn’t really have a money value; it has a strength of community value. In the end, all prosper from that.”
Smith, who is from Kenova and graduated from Marshall University, said he spent a lot of time in the C-K Community Center in his youth, from playing sports to teaching karate. Smith grew up just a few blocks from the center.
“This community has endured because it’s always stuck together, and this community center is one of the ways it does it,” Smith said.
Smith said he learned countless valuable life lessons during his time in the community center, such as teamwork and investing time in others’ improvement. He said those life lessons, in addition to athleticism and how to “win and lose like a champion,” are something the sports programs at the center teach to the community’s youth.
“It goes beyond athletics,” Smith said. “In the same building, there were homecomings, there were dances, there were Halloween parties, there were Saturday night rock bands that played, and they brought the community together.”
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