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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -
It has been 23 years since the Perrysburg Heights Community Center opened its doors. Leaders say the center may be forced to close, as there is not enough money in the budget to keep it open through the end of the year.
"If we weren't to do anything , we'd be looking a couple of months before we have to close," said Stephanie Serda, who runs the center.
Serda says she once had two other people working at the center, but budget cuts have forced her to cut that to herself and one other person.
The center provides a place for neighborhood kids to go after school. They can do homework, study and play games.
"I don't think I could handle it really because I've come here every day since I was five," said Kenny Evans.
Kenny is one of 100 kids that call this center a second home. He says he considers Serda a friend and mentor.
There will be a "save the center" fundraiser event on Friday. Serda says the money will be used for operating costs and to bring in special guest speakers.
"That's what we try to do here at the community center create the opportunities that they might not otherwise have," said Serda.
"Yesterday we passed out fliers to the neighborhood to come to the fundraiser. It's very important to me because it's been a part of my life for a very long time," said Kenny.
The fundraiser event will run from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the center, 12282 Jefferson St., Perrysburg. For more information call 419-874-4529 or visit http://www.phcaohio.org/.