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Gene Casselberry, longtime Commerce businessman and community leader, passed away over the Memorial Day weekend.  Here, we present an archival conversation with Gene and Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares.

Dick Latson and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks. board members of Commerce Community Cares, discuss the charitable group's annual kickoff event at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Ben E. Keith building in Commerce.  CCC has achieved it's goal of $27,000 for the 2018-19 year and has set the same goal for 2019-20.  The organization provides funding to 12 Commerce non-profit organizations.

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Commerce Police Department

Angela Price of the Commerce Police Department discusses the CHAOS (Commerce Helping Adolescents Overcome and Succeed) program for kids 12-17 years old.  The program has 14 young people participating this summer and will conclude on Thursday.

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Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares and Isabel Davis of the Commerce Food Pantry comment on the annual fund raising campaign of Commerce Community Cares, which benefits 13 Commerce organizations, including the Food Pantry.  Isabel says the Commerce Food Pantry serves about 150 people per week.  She says the organization will now receive food supplies from the North Texas Food Bank, based in Dallas, for only the cost of delivery.

Commerce Community Cares

The president of Commerce Community Cares, Janis Stroope, and longtime board member Dick Latson say the local charitable organization is again seeking to raise $27,500 this year after coming just short of that goal in the last campaign year.  CCC provides funding to 14 community organizations in Commerce.

Boys & GIrls Club
Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas, in Commerce, Greenville and Rockwall, will offer a "Summer Brain Gain" program this summer to prevent learning loss while the children are away from school.  In Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club will meet at the A.C. Williams Elementary School and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dick Latson, a member of the Commerce Community Cares board of directors, says the local charitable organization has achieved 75 percent of its $27,500 goal for this year.  A "thermometer" sign near the Lone Star Eatery shows the campaign's progress.  Contributions can be sent to P.O.

Dennis White of the Commerce Food Pantry says the organization has seen a sizable increase in requests for food assistance in the past year.  He says about 200 families per month are assisted.  The Food Pantry (housed at the First Presbyterian Church)  is one of the organizations that receives funding from the charity organization Commerce Community Cares.  Dennis says the Food Pantry has started offering cooking classes to its clients.  Dick Latson, a member of Commerce Community Cares, says the current fund raising drive will continue u

Commerce Community Cares is well into its 2016 campaign.  Dick Latson, one of the leaders of the organization, says more than $20,000 has been raised toward the goal of $27,500.  One of the 14 organizations that receive funding from Commerce Community Cares is the CHAOS Kids, a summer program organized by the Commerce Police Department for teenagers.  Dick Latson and Commerce Police officers Jason Rector and Alex Suarez are the guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

Commerce Community Cares
Commerce Community Cares

Dick Latson with Commerce Community Cares says the charitable organization holds its annual kickoff event at 6 p.m. Monday evening at the Ben E.

Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs

The Commerce Boys and Girls Club, which meets afternoons at A.C. Williams Elementary School, greets about 120 children per day, with around 300 on the club rolls, according to Texas A&M University-Commerce student Reagan Reed, the co-director of the program.  The Boys and Girls Club receives funding assistance from Commerce Community Cares, whose member Dick Latson also appears on this program.

Commerce Community Cares
Commerce Community Cares

Among the local organizations helped by Commerce Community Cares is the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Ricky Harris, director of the department, says about 700 to 1,000 children participate in Parks and Recreation activities every year, and some would not be able to participate without the help of Commerce Community Cares.  Dick Latson says the organization's annual fund-raising campaign is continuing.

Belinda Miller with Hunt County Clothe-a-Child says more than 200 Commerce children will receive new clothes from the program this Christmas season, and children in other Hunt County communities will also be assisted.  She says the deadline to make a cash donation for the holidays is Monday, Dec.

The Commerce Community Cares organization has started its fund raising campaign for 2014-15, according to  Dick Latson.  One of the organizations that receive funding from Community Cares is the Commerce Public Library.  Librarian Nan Clay says the library offers much more than shelves of books.  A library card can allow you to receive e-books or movies, free of charge.  And the library hosts an adult literacy program.

Commerce Community Cares, a charitable organization, is about to start its fund-raising campaign for 2014-15.  The organization provides funding to the Commerce Food Pantry, which helps about 40-50 families per week, according to Dennis White, one of the leaders of the Food Bank.  White and Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

Dick Latson of Commerce Community Cares introduces a special guest.  Commerce Community Cares Inc. was organized for the charitable and educational purposes of the citizens of Commerce. CCC strives to support local agencies that provide services to the citizens from infancy through senior care.