From left, Travis and Christie Lynch accept a donation from the Berea Welcome Center Carvers, represented by Keith Flowers. City of Berea Tourism Director Kerri Hensley helped select a winner of a beautiful new friendship stick carved by the group of local artisans. In the foreground is Oris Stanton, another craftsman of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers.

The Berea Welcome Center Carvers once again put their talents to good use last week when they raised $500 to benefit a local charitable cause, God is Love Ministry. The Gilmin Group, which operates the Gilmin Home in Berea, will use the funds to benefit the operation of the home, which serves boys 12 and older, families and individuals in crisis. The Gilmin Home is operated by Travis and Christie Lynch, who were on hand to thank the carvers for their donation. The Berea Welcome Center Carvers crafted a friendship stick, which served as a prize for the raffle, then sold raffle tickets at $1 each (six for $5), and donated the proceeds for the cause. This is the seventh time the Berea Welcome Center Carvers have embarked on this kind of charitable project. (City of Berea)


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