More than $500,000 raised for charities

Money raised at last year's Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson has gone to help more than 60 local charities.

The Exchange Club of Charleston awarded more than $500,000 in grants to 61 local charities Thursday at its Community Service Day luncheon. The donations are from proceeds of the 2009 Coastal Carolina Fair.

American Lung Association of South Carolina: Housing and food costs for Camp Puff 'n Stuff.

Association for the Blind: The purchase of prescription eyeglasses for needy residents of greater Charleston.

Be a Mentor: Matching foster children with mentors.

Berkeley Seniors Inc.: The purchase of meals for eligible homebound seniors in Berkeley County.

Boys & Girls Club of the Trident Area: Program expenses for the Reading Soul Mates literacy program.

Camp Happy Days: Offsetting the rental cost of Camp Bob Cooper for summer camp.

Canterbury House: The purchase of exercise equipment.

Carolina Hearing Aid Bank: The purchase of hearing aids for those who cannot afford them and are not served by any other agency.

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services: Home-delivered meals to needy senior citizens in crisis.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc.: The purchase of new adaptive equipment to serve people with disabilities.

Charleston Community Sailing: The purchase of safety equipment and general program support.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity: Down payment assistance for one of eight lots in the Joppa Way subdivision.

Charleston Jewish Social Services: Financial support and loans for medical needs, housing and other bills for the needy in Charleston.

Charleston Souther University: Providing students nursing services at assisted living facilities and a retirement community.

Children in Crisis in Dorchester County: Child abuse prevention through the Nurturing Parent Program.

Clemson Extension Services: 4-H youth programs.

Coastal Carolina Council BSA: The purchase of new computer equipment to replace obsolete systems.

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy: The purchase of a laptop computer and digital camera.

Crisis Ministries: Providing three meals a day for homeless men, women and children.

Darkness to Light: The fifth annual Lowcountry Prevent-a-thon.

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center: The purchase of a new heating-and-air-conditioning unit for the children's center.

Disabilities Foundation of Charleston County: The purchase of commercial-grade lawn maintenance equipment for the Lawn Services Program.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity: Habitat's home building in Dorchester County.

Dorchester Interfaith Outreach/Palmetto House: The purchase of additional beds and night stands to expand the homeless shelter.

Dorchester Seniors: Home-delivered meals to at-risk seniors on waiting lists.

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity: Supplementing the construction of a Habitat home in the East Cooper area.

Florence Crittenton Program of SC: The Managing Emotions group counseling program for low-income pregnant girls and young women.

Frances R. Willis SPCA: Spaying and neutering animals and providing other veterinary services.

Good Neighbor Center: The purchase of furnishings for kitchen and bedrooms for homeless veterans.

Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County: Assistance with building a house for a low-income family in Berkeley County.

Hands of Christ: The purchase of school uniforms, clothing and basic school supplies for children in need through the fifth grade.

Helping Hands of Goose Creek: The purchase of new warehouse equipment to load, unload, organize and store perishable food items.

Honor Flight Lowcountry: Transportation of two groups of Lowcountry World War II veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.

Jacksonboro Community Center: Providing children's activities and homework help as an alternative to drugs and gang violence.

Kids Care: The purchase of computer equipment and providing after-school and summer programs to low-income parents.

Life Management Center: Funding assistance for the Reading Rewards program in Charleston County schools.

LowCountry Animal Rescue: The purchase of collapsible crates, tents, pet beds and a printer.

Lowcountry Equine- Assisted Psychotheraphy: Equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions to abused and neglected children and adolescents.

Lowcountry Food Bank: Per a letter of intent for the Kresge Challenge Grant.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief Fund: Clothing, toys, school supplies, libraries and children's events.

Lowcountry Pregnancy Center: The purchase of additional books and expansion of current parent literacy program for Hispanic community.

Lutheran Hospice: The purchase of two laptops and specialized software to better serve those receiving end-of-life care.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC: Family trip to Orlando for an 8-year-old child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

My Sister's Smile/My Neighbor's Smile: Dental services for victims of domestic violence.

Old Fort Baptist Church -- CIFC Program: Medical clinic and food pantry.

Operation Home: Repairing the home of people on very low incomes.

Pet Helpers: Supplementing the cost of providing educational newsletters to Charleston County schools.

Reach Out and Read: The purchase of books for two local programs and for literacy events.

Respite Care Ministries: Provide respite services to caretakers of people with memory impairment.

Roscoe Reading Program: The purchase of books for children's literacy program.

Rural Mission Inc.: Emergency home repairs for the needy living in unsafe conditions and expansion of the mission's home repair and maintenance education program.

Shepherd's Care Adult Respite: Meal program and scholarships for Alzheimer's patients.

South Carolina STRONG: The purchase of equipment for the Native Landscape Training School.

St. Luke Lutheran Church -- The ARK: Tuition and transportation scholarships for participants to participate in Alzheimer's disease relief programs.

Teachers' Supply Closet: Providing free school supplies for teachers at impoverished schools.

TriCounty Family Ministries: The purchase of a utility trailer for transporting food to an expanded area.

Trident Area Agency on Aging: Wheelchair ramps for eight low-income elderly and/or disabled residents.

Trident Literacy Association: The purchase of educational materials for impoverished, undereducated adults.

United Methodist Relief Center: The purchase of construction tools.

Walk for Autism: Scholarships to alternative therapy summer camps.

Windwood Farm Home for Children: The purchase of furniture for a residential home for boys.