Fieldale Heritage Inc. receives $10,000 Harvest PUP! grant

Fieldale Heritage Inc. receives $10,000 Harvest PUP! grant
Pictured (from left) are Bea Bullard of Fieldale Heritage Inc., Bob Tuggle, board member and communication coordinator for the Fieldale Recreation Center, and DeWitt House, senior program officer at Harvest Foundation.

November 3, 2017

A $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from Harvest Foundation will help Fieldale Heritage Inc. and Fieldale Recreation Center & Pools ramp up its marketing and promotion efforts to better serve the community.

The Fieldale Recreation Center had a complete makeover and overhaul of its facilities over the past two years. DeWitt House, senior program officer at Harvest, said he was encouraged by volunteers and their efforts in the community to reopen the center.

“We congratulate Andrew Kahle and the many community volunteers who assisted in the successful re-opening of the Fieldale Recreation Center for the improvements on this important asset in the Fieldale community,” House said. “We look forward to working with Fieldale Heritage Inc. on improving their marketing efforts to strengthen community support for the center.”

House said Kahle and others at the Fieldale Recreation Center will work with the tourism division of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. to incorporate their marketing efforts county-wide. They also will work with the Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project on planned improvements to the Fieldale area.   

Andrew Kahle, president of the center, said a dedicated marketing and advertising plan will allow the center to make continued improvements to development and program offerings.

“We would like to thank the Harvest Foundation for the grant to assist in public relations and marketing for the center,” Kahle said. “This will enable us to better advertise and promote our facility, events and programs. Fieldale Recreation Center and Fieldale Heritage Inc. are committed to offering continued recreation, educational, and entertainment opportunities to the people of Fieldale, Martinsville and Henry County. We are grateful to Harvest and its staff for assistance throughout the grant process.”

Fieldale Recreation Center opened its pools for the public on May 27 and closed on Labor Day of this year. The center will re-open the pools next summer for the community. The center also hosts events throughout the year. Find out more at

The PUP! program is a competitive, small grants program designed to engage people and organizations in sparking new ideas, collaborations and change within Martinsville and Henry County. These six-month grants for up to $10,000, are available for application year-round. To find out more, visit or call (276) 632-3329.


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