Non-profit organizations struggle with Peanut Festival being cancelled

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Civitan Club makes 90 percent of their fundraising profits through the National Peanut Festival, but this year, they do not have that luxury.

Incoming club President Sam Cook explained how important the festival is to the group.

“We’re a club, a civic club, so we do have dues, and so, we work very hard for our dues to pay for any of the club activities, but 100 percent of that profit from the peanut festival, we spend the year giving out to others,” Cook said.

The Dothan Civitan Club are not the only ones suffering from the Peanut Festival being cancelled, but many of their events include Special Olympics and fun days for people with special needs and their families.

Cook explained how even with multiple smaller events, they would not make nearly as much as they do at the festival.

“So we can do a lot of smaller events and that kind of thing but if COVID continues to be an issue, then those will not go forward either,” Cook said. “So you know we may have to rely on donations or on something else to pick up the slack.”

So while the Civitan Club decides how to move foward, others in the Wiregrass are petitioning to change the ruling on the cancelation and to put the festival back on.

You can read more about the petition here.

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