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AT&T donates to new Farmer’s Market

Posted: November 16, 2017 5:22 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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PLAY Foundation Board Chair Laurey Carpenter (center) accepts a donation from AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Ike Byrd (fourth from left) toward Phase 2 of purchasing land for and constructing a new Kershaw County Farmers Market in downtown Camden. With them are (from left) Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford; Farmer's Market President Craig Bell; State Rep. Laurie Funderburk; State Sen. Vincent Sheheen; and PLAY Board Members Connie Frith, Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons and Cate Goff.

A Camden farmer’s market which will be accessible to all people moved a step closer to reality recently, thanks to a contribution from AT&T to the PLAY Foundation.

The $5,000 contribution will enable completion of Phase 2 of the project to build a new Farmers’ Market Pavilion – purchasing land located at the corner of Broad Street and Clyburn Lane. 

“Establishing the Kershaw County Farmers Market was my first community priority as the new Representative for Kershaw County,” Rep. Laurie Funderburk said. “I am very proud of the growth of the Market and the many partnerships and the community support that contributes to its continuing success. I am grateful to AT&T and its interest in seeing the Market and our county grow and prosper!”, 

“The new Farmer’s Market project is an exciting example of community pulling together. We are proud to have AT&T step up in such a big way,” State Sen. Sen. Vincent Sheheen said.

The new pavilion will be accessible by people with physical challenges and will comply with Federal ADA requirements. 

“At AT&T, we firmly believe in supporting equal opportunities for everyone,” Ike Byrd, regional director for external affairs, said. “While that most often happens through our technology, we are excited to support projects like this pavilion, which will bring people together and further enhance the spirit of community and quality of life here in Kershaw County.”

The PLAY Foundation is leading the campaign for the new pavilion. Laurey Carpenter, Board Chair said the goal is for the new pavilion construction to begin December 2018.

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