GREAT FALLS — After closing up their bowling alley, casino, and community hall to the public, the Black Eagle Community Center devised innovative ways to raise funds.
General manager of the Black Eagle Community Center, Greg Schoby, explained that in the early stages of coronavirus restrictions, he feared the closure of the center’s major facilities would cause significant financial setbacks.
“In the beginning it was looking like it was going to be a bit of a struggle. I mean we have a very big facility that’s used for wedding, reunions, graduation parties...our bowling alley,” Schoby said,
Schoby said their hall and bowling alley are the center’s ‘bread and butter.’ So, without those two facilities bringing in revenue, the center needed revenue.
Fortunately, the community center has still been able to serve food and alcoholic drinks. “We did have to be a little innovative -came up with curbside to-go drinks. we're even doing deliveries to help supplement that. and it's been awesome the community support that we've gotten being able to do that,” Schoby said.
On Saturday April 25th, members of the Community Center even barbecued and sold alcoholic beverages to help raise funds for the community center. Schoby said the community has helped support them during this period of limited operation.
“Other businesses in town - just the community itself - have been really helpful. Between ordering food or ordering drinks...so it’s been working out really well,” Schoby said.
The Black Eagle Community Center is open for pickup and deliveries Wednesday through Saturday. The center is located at 2332 Smelter Avenue in Black Eagle and you can reach them at 406-453-4736, or click here to visit the Facebook page.