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Greer Chamber Foundation to Focus on Education Announces Fundraising Gala

August 27, 2009

Greer, SC-The Greer Chamber Foundation will become the Greater Greer Education Foundation in an effort to meet the future needs of schools and the business community.
“It is the hope of the Board of Directors that by refocusing our educational efforts and providing grants to schools and educational organizations serving the Greer area, programs can be sustained or developed that will prepare the next generation workforce for business and industry,”  said Foundation Chair Bill Roughton.

The Greer Chamber Foundation was established in 2005 with the purpose of furthering education, promoting social welfare, and advancing human capital.

 “During the Board’s planning process and annual evaluation,  we identified ways in which the Chamber Foundation can be more helpful with the needs of educational programs in our community. By re-branding the Chamber Foundation to the Greater Greer Education Foundation,  the Board of Directors will regain a stronger educational focus while keeping the overall purpose of our vision in place. ” Roughton said.

Margaret Burch, an education advocate who served the Greer area on the Greenville County School Board for 20 years has been appointed by the Foundation Board of Directors to serve as director of the Greater Greer Education Foundation. 

 “I am thrilled that the Foundation Board has decided to enhance their focus on education.  As chair of the Education Committee for the Partnership for Tomorrow,  I witnessed first-hand the impact that grants and support had on education in the Greer community and am confident that the Greater Greer Education Foundation will continue and build on our past successes,”  she said.

The board will kick off the rebranding and its fundraising efforts with the 2nd Annual Greer Gala at Greer City Hall.

“Last year the City of Greer opened its new events hall with a gala event, and I wish to thank the City for allowing the Foundation to continue the successful event by serving as our kick-off and annual fundraiser,” said Roughton.   “The Foundation has partnered with the Greer Station Association in planning the event and it will feature an evening of wonderful food, live music and a silent auction to raise money for the Education Foundation.” 

The Gala Event will include a Taste of Greer Station with local downtown restaurants providing their best cuisines.  The participating restaurants include BIN 112; Café Mundo; The Cazbah; The Great Bay Oyster House; Lunch & Such; Rechaud’s; Riveria’s; and Wild Ace.  Entertainment will be provided Southern Crescent and the Greer Station Association will sponsor a silent auction.  The Gala will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the City of Greer Event Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available for $50 each and can be purchased at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

The Foundation Board of Directors include:  Bill Roughton, Chairman; Vic Grout, Vice-Chairman, Brian Sponaugle, Treasurer; Richard Blackwell; Stan Christofferson, Ed Driggers, Phil Feisal, Lisa Forrester, Adele Langford, Bunny Richardson, and Dr. Nancy Welch.



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