Eleanore May, Auburn 4-H Swine Club member, as invited to attend the recent Pasta with a Purpose dinner on Sept. 14 to present a donation in the amount of $1,500 from the sale of her pig during The Great Geauga County Fair and to sign up as a volunteer to help with the Red Tulip House Project. May has been gifting a portion of the sale from her market hog for the past three or four years, and she is only 12 years old.
In 2016, the Claridon Township Trustees generously gave the Opiate Task Force the use of a century home located in the center of Claridon Township to be used as a sober house for women in recovery. The original intent of the Project was to restore this century home. But upon further inspection, it became clear the best course of action was to rebuild a new structure on the Claridon Township property.
The new home is designed as a 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, three bath ranch. When fully operational, they anticipate serving an estimated 26 women in transition annually. The residence will provide housing for five women at a time with a resident house manager.
May sent a letter to the Red Tulip committee letting them know she would make the donation. Her letter read as follows: “Hi, my name is Eleanore May and this is my fifth year in the Auburn Swine 4-H club. The 4-H program teaches kids how to use their head, heart, hands and health to “make the best better” (the 4-H motto). To make my community’s best better, I am going to donate 10 percent of my hog sales to the Red Tulip Project. I invite you to come to the Great Geauga County Fair Livestock Sale on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. I hope to see you there! Thank you for all you do to make the best better. Sincerely, Eleanore May.”
May inspired Newbury Kiwanis to match her donation of 20 percent or $500. The Red Tulip Project also received a $500 matching funds check from Auburn Swine Club at the Sept. 14 Pasta with a Purpose fundraiser. Photos of the fundraiser and the progress of the house project are on Red Tulip Facebook. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or phone 440-537-3481 or 440-539-8982.