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Ada Jenkins Center raises $25,456 to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

by | Nov 19, 2023

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Celebrating its 25th year of re-dedication as a nonprofit organization, the Ada Jenkins Center recently held a series of community events that exceeded their fundraising goal of $25,000 in honor of those 25 years.

“Everything we accomplish is because of the combined effort of our community,” says Harold E. Rice, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the Ada Jenkins Center. “From the families who joined us, to our staff, to the amazing businesses, sponsors, and faith communities who supported us–they came together to help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary of service. We owe our gratitude to them all.”

FIG Marketing was the Presenting Sponsor of the weekend.

On Friday, November 3, friends of the Ada Jenkins Center sang and danced to the bands at I-77 Mobility Partners’ “Applause for a Cause” event at Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts, demonstrating so much energy that they earned a prize of a $10,000 donation.

On Saturday, November 4, families gathered at its Food Fight competition–the first since the pandemic–sampling salads, desserts, mac-and-cheese, and meat entrees from neighborhood chefs and restaurants:


  • Carburritos
  • Ada Jenkins Center’s Healthy Initiatives class (winner!)
  • Courtney Cooks


  • Much Ado Catering
  • Southeast Kitchen Catering(winner!)
  • Flatiron Kitchen and Tap House


  • Much Ado Catering (winner!)
  • Davidson Soda Shop
  • The Crazy Pig


  • Davidson Soda Shop
  • Whit’s Frozen Custard
  • On the Nines (winner!)

Food Fight IV was sponsored by First National Bank, with additional sponsorship from FIG Marketing, Carolina Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Davidson Flower Company, Main Street Veterinary Hospital, Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, The Village Store (Davidson), Lowe’s, and RyLake Consulting. Primal Brewery provided adult beverages. 

On Sunday, September 5, volunteers from Davidson Day School hosted local families for a free “Hooray and Play!” day of basketball and giveaways in Ada Jenkins Center’s renovated gymnasium. Free lunch was provided by The Dog House. 

For more details on these events, visit the website


The Ada Jenkins Center has stood in Davidson for more than 80 years as a hub for education and community services in northern Mecklenburg County. With services including social work case management; resources for housing, employment and finances; youth and adult education; and food pantry, we help people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability.  Learn more here.

For more information, contact Josh Kiser, Development & Volunteer Manager, [email protected], Phone (704) 896-0471 x 131

We exist to help people create lasting solutions to economic stability. To help us serve our families during these incredibly difficult times, please click here.

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