GAFFNEY — A local ministry has received $4,000 raised by this year’s Hilarity for Charity benefit.
The 2014 Hilarity for Charity benefit comedy show took place on February 20 at Broad River Electric Auditorium. It featured comedians Joey I.L.O. and Mike Goodwin, who each offered a family-friendly brand of stand-up.
The show, an annual presented by Broad River Electric Charities, raised $13,000 for Jerusalem Project Ministries in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties.
The money raised was split between the three counties and four separate Jerusalem Projects. The original Jerusalem Project in Cherokee County received $5,000 for their work this summer. Union County’s Jerusalem Project received $4,000. The Jerusalem Project based in Chesnee received $2,000 and another $2,000 has been donated for the launch of a new Jerusalem Project based out of Crossroads Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
Jerusalem Project is a local mission effort to help those that may not be able to help themselves (whether physically or financially). It partners local church youth groups from across denominations along with local organizations and businesses to complete projects throughout their area.
Alison Coker, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, is one of the youth leaders of the Union County Jerusalem Project. The project is in its fourth year in Union County. Coker thank Broad River Electric Charities for its support of the project and said that it will be undertaking its next series of projects in June. She said that last year the project repaired 24 houses throughout the county.
“We are very grateful and very thankful that they want to consider us and present us with the money,” Coker said. “We use this money strictly for repairing homes and helping people in need in the Union County area. The Jerusalem Project is one week every summer and it’s always the second week of June.
“If people feel that they are in need for assistance, they can apply at jpministry.com,” she said. “Each case will be looked at and evaluated. If there are any churches that are not currently involved, but would like to be, they can call me at 426-0359.”
Hilarity for Charity is presented by Broad River Electric Charities, a non-profit subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative whose purpose is to raise and distribute funds to other non-profits and charities in Union, Cherokee, and Spartanburg.
In the five years Hilarity for Charity has been presented, it has raised nearly $70,000 for local charities.