First year event hopes to fund new senior center

Annie Moberly has been raising money for a new, larger Exeter senior center for a long time, and while she isn’t getting any younger she hasn’t lost any passion for the project.

Moberly first started raising money for an Exeter Adult Community Center in 2005 through her business Annie’s Gifts. She says Exeter needs a place where people 40 and over can exercise, get tax assistance, take adult education classes, play cards and have a weekly dance.

“People are getting older in this town and there is less for them to do,” she said. “And the current senior center isn’t large enough to hold a dance or play bingo for a large group.”

In order to kick start the fund-raising for an Exeter Adult Community Center, Moberly will hold what she hopes will be the first annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale this Sunday. Table space is $25 for crafters and admission is free. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5 at 614 N. Quince Ave. in Exeter.

“I talked with about 100 people in Exeter and they were all looking for a place to do more than just have lunch,” she said. “They want a place where they can visit and have fun.”

Moberly said she hopes the event will put her on pace to raise $5,000 to begin the process of designing a building. She said the adult community center will need to be larger and at ground level, to make it more handicap accessible than the current senior center in the Carnegie Building at Exeter City Park.

“It’s difficult to get up those stairs and the wheelchair ramp in back is pretty steep,” she said.

For more information on the Exeter Adult Community Center Craft Fair and Bake Sale, call Annie Moberly at 559-594-0034 or e-mail her at

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