If you took your family to the Coastal Carolina Fair, the money that you spent six months ago will make a difference to an area nonprofit group.
The Exchange Club of Charleston, which runs the fair, will hand out $800,022 to 94 recipients throughout the Lowcountry on Thursday.
"This is the day that we call our community efforts coming full circle," said Exchange Club spokesman Joe Bolchoz. "We've planned a fair, done a fair, continued to plan another fair and now it's time to use some of the proceeds."
The money will go toward groups, such as Camp Happy Days, which provides summer camp for children with cancer, and the Carolina Hearing Aid Bank, to buy hearing aids for low-income people. It will buy books for the young participants of Community in Schools' Reading Soulmates program and building supplies for houses for Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County.
"We feel like we're a facilitator, and we facilitate others who do the work directly with people in need," Bolchoz said.
The club is giving out about $20,000 more than it did last year, he said.
"We attribute that to the extra day that we added," he said. "It allowed us more profits."
In 2012, organizers added an 11th day to the event's run.
All proceeds from the fair are either given away to other organizations or spent on improvements at the 165-acre fairgrounds. This year's improvements will include roofing, electrical and aesthetic improvements, he said.
"We've got to take care of the goose that lays the golden eggs," Bolchoz said.
The fair and the Exchange Club made headlines last month after former fair President Dennis Lott was charged with breach of trust and drawing a fraudulent check after authorities said he wrote himself a $190,000 check from a fair bank account.
Bolchoz said at the time the money was taken from a "rainy day" reserve fund and that the club's overall finances are still "very healthy."
Lott's bail was set at $21,000. The case is still pending.
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