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January 18, 2014

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THOMASVILLE —  “It takes a village” must refer to Thomasville. Guided by philanthropy at every corner, this generous community works hard to help those in the greatest need. I

t’s not surprising what feels like a festive weekend featuring top design industry lectures, plus the thrill of shopping locally with some of the finest antique dealers in the country, is actually a very important fundraiser to support the children of Thomasville.

With a mission focused on supporting local children, the 25th Anniversary of the Thomasville Antiques Show is promising to be one of the finest regional shows in design and antiques ever. Located at the Thomasville Fairgrounds, the Show runs Feb. 21-23 and its goal is to “wow” so that local children benefit.

Since its inception, more than $1.76 million has been awarded to children’s programs and charities of Thomasville and Thomas County.

Grants from the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation have an immediate impact on the children of Thomasville. A few examples include “More Members, More Often” a program at the Boys and Girls Club designed to increase the participation of current and future children by providing additional after school transportation. Hands On Thomas County provided a week-long youth summer service camp which taught children how to volunteer and give back to their community through actual hands-on work.  The popular “Art in The Afternoon” program at the Thomasville Center for the Arts also benefited from the show.  Hands & Hearts for Horses was able to build a sensory playground, enjoyed six days a week, with equipment designed especially for special-needs children.  Children’s coats and blankets were distributed by the Thomas County Food Bank & Outreach Center and a Science Camp Scholarship to Thomas University was made possible by a grant from the Show. Halcyon Home, a shelter for battered women and children put the grant directly to work assisting their clients with rent and utilities along with bedding and basic household items.  The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation is proud to have provided financial assistance to the following in 2013:

Camp Arrow Inc.

Family Enrichment Group Inc.

Halcyon Home Inc.

Hands & Hearts for Horses

Hands on Thomas County

Junior Service League

Marguierite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Clubs of Thomas County

Relief from The Streets

Salvation Army

South Georgia Ballet

Thomas County Food Bank & Outreach Center

Thomas County Historical Society

Thomas County Public Library

Thomas County Youth Camp

Thomas University Science Camp

Thomasville Center for the Arts

Thomasville Community Resource Center

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation

Thomasville Landmarks

Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe

Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society School Programs

Vashti Center

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