Kids pitch in to raise funds for GMU park

Several children are joining the fundraising efforts for a new park at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. Vincent Weisner, 10, is donating a portion of his proceeds from candy machines he operates at the airport towards the park, while sisters Desiree and Tessa Starke are going old school: Operating a lemonade stand.

Airport manager Joe Frasher noted that Jody Weisner recently uploaded a poster of his son’s business endeavors onto the Greenville Downtown Airport Park Project’s Facebook page, along with this note: “?10 year old Vincent Weisner will be donating a portion of the money he generates from his candy machines, located at Greenville Jet Center East Ramp and Tower Ramp, to the park project. Stop in and buy some candy!”

“This week, I learned that two young girls, Desiree and Tessa Starke, opened a lemonade and water stand at their aunt’s pilot supply shop in our tower building,” Frasher continued. “They came up to my office with $3.54 to donate to help build the park at the airport. I found out later that they are raising money to buy a four-wheeler and since they are with their aunt at the airport every weekend, they are very excited for the park project to be finished. So, they are donating 10% of their sales to the park project. Their stated goal is to earn about $1,100. Of that $1,000 will go towards a four-wheeler and $100 for the park!”

Desiree & Tessa

“These youth amaze me! They are obviously young and motivated entrepreneurs who also are civic minded,” Frasher said. “How cool is that! To be literally pitching in for a cause that they believe in at that young age. I can’t wait to see them enjoying their efforts by playing in the park this fall!” Frasher added.

For more information about Desiree and Tessa, contact their aunt, Michele L. Rash at 864-224-7440. For more information about Vincent, contact his father Jody Weisner at

Click here for more information about the park.

Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest FBO in South Carolina, as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the local economy. For more information: or 864-242-4777




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