Wayland— The Wayland Community Players delighted audience members with their play No Body Like Jimmy back in March. Last weekend, they continued that delight when they and the American Legion donated the proceeds from the play to the Vincent House in Wayland.
The Community Players partner with the American Legion to put on a play and raise money for the community. The Community Players provide the entertainment and the Legion provides a venue, food and drinks. The partnership chooses one organization to donate their profit from and this year chose the Vincent House.
“We’re all about bringing people together,” said Post Commander Kevin Mark. “ We love helping out the community.”
Mark says the Legion is community minded and pairing with the Community Players is a great way to give back.
“We’re very community oriented,” said Mark. “All this money is raised locally so we like to donate it locally.”
Karrie Prinzi, who has been acting with the Wayland Community Players for six years could not think of a better organization to raise money for.
“We’re lucky to have the Vincent House in our community,” said Prinzi. “It’s a sad thing but it’s good to have when needed.”
The money was presented to the Vincent House Saturday during their open house event.
“We run solely on donations,” said Vincent House Director Kim Snyder. “This is the second or third year we’ve received money from them.”
The money gets added to the annual budget which helps run the Vincent House.
“We rely on organizations and functions like the Community Players,” Snyder said.
The Vincent House held an open house to show off their newly remodeled and expanded kitchen which was made possible by donations and grants.
“When you think of your own home, that (the kitchen) is where people gather,” Snyder said. “A kitchen is the heart of the home. A place of togetherness.”
The new kitchen got its start about three years ago when the Acomb family of Dansville set up a “Kitchen Donation Fund” in memory of Eddie Acomb. From there, donations began flooding in from families, organizations and businesses.
The kitchen was completed in January and the Vincent House Board of Directors wanted to bring in the public to see the new addition.
“We wanted to show everyone what their donations look like,” said Snyder. “Show them where their donations went.”
“It’s such a beautiful room to have families gather in,” said Prinzi.