When Thomson Bi-Lo Manager Rick McCorkle was considering which organization in the community could benefit from his store's local charity program, the decision was an easy one.
With the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson still relying on revenue from the Augusta club, alternative funding sources always come in handy for Tim Daniels, the club's new director.
Members and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson pose with Bi-Lo Managers Rick McCorkle (second from left) and Stephanie Hudson (far left).
Photo by Staff
Bi-Lo is currently in the middle of a three-week fundraiser to help out with the club's expenses. Mr. McCorkle wanted to make sure that customers know they are the main ones responsible for lending the helping hand.
"The whole idea is to help kids, education and hunger. That's what we're trying to do," Mr. McCorkle said of the fundraiser.
In the first week, Bi-Lo collected more than $900 toward the Thomson Boys and Girls Club. Customers at the store can still purchase a $1 chance to win a whole rib eye worth $100.
On Saturday, May 27, the store will host a bake sale. And on June 3, chicken dinners and a dunking booth will highlight an event in the store's parking lot. The Thomson Fire Department will be on hand with safety information as well.
The proceeds from all of the events go to the club. Customers can also make tax deductible contributions to the cause.
Overall, Mr. McCorkle said the store's goal is to collect $3,000 in donations. Corporate Bi-Lo will partially match the local funds, kicking in $500 toward the club. Mr. Daniels - a 1985 Thomson High graduate - is ecstatic about the program.
"I feel great about this. It's a good thing Bi-Lo is coming in to help us out like this," he said. "I'm hoping we can get out there into the community and get other businesses to come and help us out."