Chamber receives crucial funding from rec board
Organization planning renewal of Valentine's Day nuptials
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 4:00 PM
LOVELOCK - Pershing County Chamber of Commerce members can breath a little easier now. The PCCC received the funding needed to stay open.
ALICIA CRAIG • The Lovelock Review-Miner
Now with secured funding the Pershing County Chamber of Commerce is planning this year’s Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal/Wedding Ceremony to be held in the Lover’s Lock Plaza. Last year, Sam and Nancy Nobles from Grass Valley Nev. renewed their marriage vows in the Lover’s Lock Plaza on Valentine’s Day. The ceremony was presided over by Justice of the Peace Karen Stephens.
Pershing County Recreation Board committed to funding the PCCC at $1,500 per month until June; at which time, board member and county commissioner Darin Bloyed said they would look at making the PCCC a regular line item expense so they wouldn't have to keep coming back to the board for financing.
PCCC President Jennifer Hill explained to the board, the PCCC's funding had come from the, now disbanded, tourism authority. The PCCC would have to request funds every quarter to keep the doors open.
"What we would like is some type of a commitment for monthly (funding) so we can do a budget. It's tough to do a budget. We can't rely on our membership. That's not something that will support us at all," Hill told the board.
"Businesses should be funding it (PCCC) but we don't have enough businesses to fund it and that's a reality. You've got a nice visitor's center there. Kudos to you guys cause you've done a wonderful job," Bloyed said. "You need a commitment from us one way or the other and we can do that."
After review their budget the rec board voted to fund the PCCC retro from December through June and then look at making the PCCC a line item expense through the next fiscal year.
PCCC and Visitor's Center Manager Beth Reid gave a sigh of relief.
"Now we know we're not going to close our doors and will be able to put on our annual Valentine's Day Vow Renewal/Wedding Ceremony," she told the Lovelock Review-Miner in a later interview.
Every year the PCCC sponsors local clergy and or the local Justice of the Peace for a group wedding and vow renewal ceremony held in the Lover's Lock Plaza, weather permitting, or in the Round Room of the Pershing County Court House if the weather is bad. After the ceremony the couples are treated to an intimate reception in the Round Room.
Anyone wishing to get married or renew their wedding vows should call Reid at 273-7213 to secure their place in the ceremony.
The funding also makes it possible to continue other events organized by the PCCC to bring in customers for local businesses, such as the summer craft fairs, the Fall Festival and Parade of Lights.