Where the Money Goes

Prizes, Awards, & Donations

The funds raised by the Georgia-Carolina State Fair go to Prizes and Awards won by participants in the various Exhibits and Competitions at the Fair and to various Charities in the CSRA which provide goods and services to the many needy people within our community. As the result of the Fair, Augusta Charity Classic Golf Tournament, and other activities of the Exchange Club of Augusta, over $130,000 went back into the community in 2019. Everyone who attended the Fair, along with the Sponsors of the Fair, made this possible. This editorial cartoon, published in 2011, by Clyde Wells gives you an idea of the many recipients of those funds. Individual kids also benefit directly from the Georgia-Carolina State Fair with prizes they win. Happiness is taking home a prize you can spend. These kids worked on projects, won cash prizes, and show off their winnings. That is what the Fair is all about, making kids (big and small) happy.

Below is a 2011 article published in The Augusta Chronicle about the twenty-one charities in the CSRA which received funds that year at a special meeting of the Augusta Exchange Club.

Each recipient organization took time to thank the Exchange Club and the other Sponsors of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair for what they received, and each recipient told the audience how the funds would be used. This is just one way in which the Fair has been able, as the founding president of the Club stated, “to accomplish something worthwhile for our city, our state, and our country…. We want to help the boys and girls of Augusta and the delinquent and neglected child.”

The Augusta Exchange Club awarded more than $120,000 Thursday to 27 local nonprofits. The money was proceeds from the 2011 Georgia-Carolina State Fair and the Augusta Charity Classic Golf Tournament, which was held in March.

“That’s something all the members of this club should be very proud of,” said Augusta Exchange Club President Dave Davis. “We work hard all throughout the year. We work hard at the fair. As the founding members of this club said when they were drawing up their charter, they wanted to give back – and that’s what we’ve done for 90 years.”

Organizations that have received donations from the Augusta Exchange Club are:

  • 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc
  • Action Ministries Augusta
  • American Red Cross-Augusta
  • Chapter
  • Augusta Ballet
  • Augusta Boxing Club
  • Augusta Children’s Chorale
  • Augusta Museum of History
  • Augusta Players
  • Augusta Rescue Mission
  • Augusta Warrior Project
  • Berry Center
  • Boy Scouts Council
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Care Pregnancy Center of Augusta
  • Child Enrichment, Inc
  • Christ Community Health Services
  • Christian Learning Centers of Augusta
  • Columbia Cty Chamber Foundation
  • Communities In Schools
  • Coordinated Health Services
  • CSRA Kids for Christ Corp
  • Dance Augusta
  • Downtown Cooperative Church Min.
  • Easter Seals
  • Family Connection of Col Cty
  • Family Promise of Augusta/IHN
  • Family Y
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fireside Ministries & Industries
  • FORE! Augusta Foundation
  • Georgia Rehabilitation
  • Golden Harvest Food Bank
  • Good Neighbor Ministries, Inc
  • Hale Foundation, Inc
  • Heart & Sole Inc
  • Heritage Academy Augusta, Inc
  • Hope House, Inc
  • Jud C. Hickey Alzheimers Center
  • Kids Restart, Inc (See Ronnie Strength)
  • Lynndale, Inc
  • Masters City Little League
  • Mercy Ministries
  • Morris Museum
  • New Bethlehem Community Center
  • Olde Town Community Outreach
  • Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • SafeHomes of Augusta
  • Shiloh Comprehensive Comm Center
  • Storyland Theatre
  • The Foundation for Therapeutic Options
  • The Lydia Project
  • The ReCing Crew
  • Tuttle-Newton Home
  • Twelve Bands of Christmas
  • University Health Care Foundation
  • Walton Foundation for
  • Independence,Inc
  • When Help Can’t Wait
  • Wimberly House
  • Young Life
  • Augusta Partnership for Children

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