FUNDRAISING | EDUCATING | RECRUITING
The Organization Committee plays a key role in keeping the board, committees, staff and program of work in good shape by attracting people and money to the organization.
MARDI GRAS ON MAIN FUNDRAISER
The good times rolled in Downtown Enterprise the evening of Friday, January 26, 2024 as the community celebrated Mardi Gras on Main Street Enterprise.
O’Neal Boswell, owner of Sam Boswell Honda & Buick GMC, raised $2,096 and was crowned King. Rachel Snipes, a mathematics instructor at Enterprise State Community College, raised $3,145 and was crowned Queen.
“These extraordinary individuals stepped up to the challenge, showcasing not only their charisma, but also their dedication to supporting Main Street Enterprise,” Mariah Montgomery, Main Street Enterprise Executive Director, told a packed crowd inside the Deep South Builders/Sanders & SONS LLC building. “Each nominee earned their chance to compete for the prestigious titles through heartfelt donations made by the incredible members of our community.”
The combined fundraising effort from all 20 King and Queen candidates raised $18,346 for downtown beautification projects. Ed Sherling Ford generously sponsored all event costs.
Montgomery also thanked the Enterprise community for their support of the fundraising campaign.
“Your generous contributions have paved the way for exciting projects, making downtown an even more vibrant and engaging place for us all.”
Funds raised will be used in several areas downtown, such as The Nook in Downtown Enterprise, located at 123 S. Main Street. The parking lot adjacent to the Enterprise Public Library was converted to a community space and is the home of the Main Street Business Incubator Container, as well as a stage, picnic tables and seating areas. Montgomery said a portion of the funds raised was already used to enhance lighting in the space, replace wall sconces, and to update the electrical hook ups needed for live music to be performed. Additional projects downtown are already being planned, Montgomery said, and will go through Enterprise City Council for approval.
BOLL WEEVIL ART SHOW & COMPETITION FUNDRAISER
In May of 2023, the Main Street Enterprise Organization Committee hosted an art show competition to raise funds for the Design Committee project: The Nook. Twenty-three local artists donated an entry fee to participate and submitted boll weevil monument inspired art pieces. The public donated to obtain tickets to vote for their favorite piece. The fundraiser raised $1,836 and resulted in 23 amazing pieces. CLICK HERE to view the art pieces and learn about the artists.
MAIN STREET MONDAYS
In February of 2023, the Main Street Enterprise Organization Committee began posting social media post each Monday with the goal of informing the public of what is happening with the Main Street Enterprise Board. These posts introduce board members, projects, and even historical information on district properties and businesses
EDUCATION & RECRUITING EFFORTS
The Main Street Enterprise Organization Committee set a 2023 goal of speaking to a civic organization or volunteer group at least once per quarter.
Since setting this goal, committee members have spoken to the Rotary Club, John's Chapel AME and Civitan.
DOWNTOWN T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER
In an effort to raise funds for downtown beautification, Main Street Enterprise designed t-shirts to be sold throughout stores downtown.
The initiative raised over $1,000 and will benefit various different aspects of the downtown district
HOMETOWN HERO BANNER FUNDRAISER
This annual fundraiser is held by Main Street Enterprise. Hometown Hero Banners are available for purchase by community members to pay tribute by honoring and recognizing residents, past or present, that are serving or have served our country and community.
The banners are on display throughout Downtown Enterprise and recognize members of the military, first responders, medical professionals, and teachers. Proceeds are reinvested back into downtown beautification.