Vision XXI Life Enrichment Fair

Brandon Carter, 14, gets his free eye exam from Dr. Valenta Carter of Southern Eye Asscoiates who were at the Harker Heights Vision XXI Life Enrichment Fair held Saturday August 9, 2014 at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Like the curtain coming down at the end of the last act of a theater production, the Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI 2014 Class completed its class project Saturday afternoon in the Activities Center.

“I heard about the fair through the Killeen Daily Herald and just wanted to find out what the community has to offer,” said Harker Heights resident Elizabeth Roberts. “I really liked the name of the fair. It encouraged me to go out there and check it out.”

More than 50 people attended the event that concluded with a grand prize drawing for a Staycation Book worth $1,000 in prizes. Matthew Bond of Extraco Bank was the winner. At the core of the project, which took almost eight months to plan, was a Life Enrichment Fair supported by 16 vendors in addition to businesses, fundraisers, individual donations and ticket sales.

Cathrine Hoyle, 18, attended the class on resume writing and said, “I was enlightened by the employers’ mindset and how they view the information you put on the resume.”

Gina Pence, chamber CEO and executive director, expressed personal thanks to Metroplex Hospital for free immunizations, Southern Eye Associates for free vision screening, Wellstone Health Partners for $20 sports physicals, Mothers Teach Your Daughters for free skin analysis and the Harker Heights Police Department for Kiddo Cards.

“We’re providing safety identification cards for the kids and their parents,” said Officer Dave Haley with the community services division of the Harker Heights PD. “If a child is lost, this gives parents immediate access to important information when they contact police.”

An Amber Alert also can be issued much quicker when this card is available, he said.

“We are thankful to all of our class members, vendors and donors who have made this possible. It’s been a communitywide effort,” said Jennifer Cobb, class project chairwoman.

Proceeds from the Life Enrichment Fair and other class fundraisers will help provide college scholarships for Harker Heights High School students who are in the Killeen Independent School District Homeless Awareness Response Program.

“We’re always looking for resources for our kids that will enrich their lives. This fair has been a blessing and a step in the right direction,” said Christina Wilson, educator for Killeen ISD homeless services.

“Fundraising is still ongoing so we won’t be able to release the total amount raised through the project for a couple of weeks,”Pence said.

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