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Playground project launches fundraising campaign

Posted: August 9, 2014 11:58 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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A computer generated rendering of what the future Lugoff playground may look like. A citizens vommittee working to raise $300,000 to construct the playground announced they have raised 7 percent, or $21,000, of its goal in its first two months.

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A committee of citizens interested in building a new playground in western Kershaw County reports it has already reached 7 percent of its fundraising goal in less than two months. The citizens committee met Thursday evening at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters. Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter said the projected cost for construction is $300,000 and that $21,000 has been raised since the fundraising campaign began in June.

“That’s cash, but in addition, Lowe’s Home Improvement has donated all of the landscaping and the grading. In addition, they are working with two other Lowe’s stores … they are going to be building the pavilions,” Carpenter said. “Of the $21,000, $20,000 of that is a committed amount from Lugoff Fire-Rescue that they have put toward the project.”

Vicky Smelser, manager of Lowe’s Camden store, was on vacation and unavailable for comment Friday on the value of the company’s donation.

The playground is to be financed completely through private and business donations, without the use of any tax money. Kershaw County Council voted earlier this year to provide the land for the facility along U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.

Carpenter said the committee hopes to raise the needed funds by July 2015 and have the playground built and in use by the end of August 2015.

“It will take about 45 days to be built,” she said, adding that she encourages everyone to visit the project’s new website,, to learn more about the playground and upcoming fundraising events. “In addition we are also taking donations through our website.”

Carpenter thanked Gene and Sue Hornsby of the UPS Store for donating all the printing and copying services needed to spread the word about the playground and solicit donations.

“That’s about $1,500 they have donated,” Carpenter said.

Sue Hornsby, a former member of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board, said she was supportive of the project from the start after Carpenter gave a presentation to the board in 2013.

“When you gave your presentation last year, you had me from the very beginning. I think it’s a great idea,” Hornsby told Carpenter during Thursday’s meeting. “Gene and I really believe in this. We’re happy to donate the printing.”

Committee member Robert Price, who said he serves on a local school improvement committee, said the playground will have an educational component.

“One of the reasons the Lugoff-Elgin Academic Foundation got involved was because this playground and the playgrounds we’re planning to build in the future are also going to allow the special needs students in these different schools a place where they can take these kids,” Price said at the meeting. “This is an educational tool as well as a recreational tool. The special needs teachers can use these things for obvious reasons. That’s one of the reasons we were so excited to get involved.”

Carpenter also announced a new slogan for the campaign: “Donate today. Volunteer tomorrow and play forever.”

“This is just one of many projects we have for Kershaw County,” she said.


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