Party for the playground raises $30,000

More than 500 people came out recently to help raise more than $30,000 to build a community park at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.

“This was the park’s first big fundraising event and it went great,” reported Joe Frasher, airport director.

Leigh Frasher, Kerri McClenaghan and Betsy Freeman at GMU for the fundraising party

While most things were donated for the party, including the food, Frasher said airport officials had to wait until all the bills came in to give a clear picture of the financial success of the fundraising efforts. “We are thrilled to announce it raised approximately $30,000!”

Frasher noted that all the food for the event was donated by: Papa John’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli, The Phoenix-Greenville’s Inn, Chief’s Wings, Runway Cafe, Chicora Alley, Table 301, Krispy Kreme, Exceptional Caterers, Pita House and Chick-fil-A. “Pepsi donated all the non-alcoholic drinks and Budweiser of Greenville helped us out by providing the first five kegs of beer,” said Frasher.

The presenting sponsor for the event was McKinney Dodge. Other sponsors included: Panagakos Asphalt Paving, McLeod Landscape Architects, South Carolina Bank & Trust, International Plastics, Gregory Pest Control and The Law Offices of Matt Kappel.

“Over 130 items were donated by individuals and companies for the silent auction that raised over $12,000,” Frasher said. “Members of the Round Towners, a local service organization that is very experienced in helping with events, came out in force and kept the event running smoothly. We could not have done it without them and the countless other volunteers who joined in the effort.”

The money raised will provide for the completion of the first phase of the park project which includes grading, irrigation, grass seeding and fencing

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  1. Kent Misegades says

    This is great!   You will find playgrounds, picnic tables, and even small cafes at
    nearly every small airfield in Germany where I visit friends and family once a year.   This makes them popular destinations for families to go watch airplanes.  I have never
    understood why they are so rare in the U.S., they do not cost much
    and really help improve an airport’s image.

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