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Presbyterian Community Center will close Friday night

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- The Presbyterian Community Center will be closing its doors Friday night because of a lack of funding.

A Louisville businessman is urging 2000 people to donate $100 each. That'll give the center enough money to operate for a few months.

It's located in the Smoketown community and gives kids a place to go after school.  Board members say when the nearby Sheppard Square housing development was demolished, they lost clients and funding. 

One hundred children use the community center each night. About 250 kids are on the roster to participate in the program year-round.

Board members say it takes $65,000 a month to keep it going. He says they would need three months of operational costs, nearly $200,000 to possibly keep the center open.

Board members say employees who are laid off have volunteered to work next week to help with the transition.

Businessman Charlie Johnson says, "People in the community don't give. We don't give. We play golf. We do the things we like to do. When it comes to protecting our treasured assets our children and facilities, we don't give it. So today, I'm coming to offer the community of Louisville, east, west, south and downtown an opportunity to give."

Reverend David Johnson, a Board member says, "A couple of us have started this morning making phone calls and I can tell you right away, everybody does not want to have this place closed. there is a deep commitment out there from people all across the city."

Board members say the first goal is to make sure the Child Development Center located next to the Community Center is financially stable and stays open. Board members think it will stay open.

The second goal is to re-open the PCC at some time.

Johnson is calling out the mayor, city officials and all the churches in Louisville to each donate $100.

Johnson also helped raise money to re-open the St. Anthony's Community Center in the Portland area.

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