“We want to make Weatherford a destination city,” Carter said. “All the promotion and advertising we do is spent to help put heads in beds.”
Theatre Off the Square also received no money from the council in 2013, but said monies given to the organization this year would go toward an electronic marquee sign to promote the theatre and other local events, according to Laurie Jones, president of the Parker County Fine Arts Association.
The all-volunteer organization, which has a number of its 400 volunteers come from out of town, spent 37,500 hours of time working to promote the organization. Jones said people came from 85 cities and eight states to view the eight plays put on by the organization over the last 12 months.
General fund requests
Three groups requested funds out of the city’s general fund budget. Center of Hope Director of Operations Paula Hood said the Weatherford location of Center of Hope received $10,000 from the city last year and would continue to use any funds given for the benefit of those in the city itself.
The organization provides assistance for many people in the city, providing $27,290 for utility bills for city residents last year. Hood says Center of Hope provides many more services besides financial.
“We offer tutoring and life advisors and help those in need of work find it by conducting mock interviews and reviewing resumés,” Hood said. “Because of the work we do, businesses contact us looking for candidates.”
Freedom House of Parker County Executive Director Catherine Teitjen told the council her organization served 348 Weatherford residents alone last year and made good use of the $15,000 it was given. Teitjen said to receive further monies from other organizations, it needed to show that it was supported in the community.
She said an increase in the amount of males coming in saying they are victims of sexual assault and family violence is increasing. The group also worked with 12 cases of human trafficking over the last budget year.