By Lisa Kaylor
Area children and others in need will reap the benefits from Augusta’s largest tailgate party.
The Border Bash Foundation distributed money it raised during Border Bash 2012 to representatives of 17 charities at Beasley Broadcast Studios on Friday.
For 19 years, the Border Bash Foundation has distributed nearly $700,000 to charities and expects to top $750,000 for its 20th anniversary next year, said Joel Simmons, the president of the Georgia Bulldog Club.
As they received their checks, representatives told board members of the Georgia Bulldog Club and the Augusta Gamecock Club exactly how the money would help their organization.
Several charities will help families of children who are being treated in area hospitals.
Joe Stevenson, the director of the 12 Bands of Christmas, said his organization will use the money to assist families of children who have pediatric cancer.
“Basically … not only do we bring music to the patients at the hospital, but we get requests from the families through the hospital social worker for power bills, mortgage payments – just immediate needs they can’t quite pay for while their child is being treated at the (Medical College of Georgia) Children’s Medical Center,” he said.
Others, such as Girls on the Run and the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boys Scouts of America, will use the funding to provide scholarships for children who ordinarily could not afford to participate in their programs.
Still others will use the money to help children cope with and heal from traumatic experiences.
“One of the children we helped this year was last year actually being locked in a closet. He spent the year being afraid and scared,” said Margaret Ford, the executive director of The Children’s Place Inc. “This year, we’ve been able to help him not be afraid anymore. This money will actually go directly into our therapy. Thank you very much.”
Other recipients were the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, the Center for New Beginnings, Child Enrichment, the Child and Family Development Center, the Community Foundation of the CSRA, Easter Seals of East Georgia, the Children’s Medical Center, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Julie’s House, Kids Restart, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Storyland Theatre and the United Way of the CSRA.
The Border Bash is an annual pep rally featuring cheerleaders, mascots and live music held before the Georgia-South Carolina college football game.
These charities received money raised during Border Bash 2012:
• 12 Bands of Christmas
• Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America
• Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA
• Center for New Beginnings
• Child Enrichment
• Children’s Place Inc.
• Child and Family Development Center
• Community Foundation of the CSRA
• Easter Seals of East Georgia
• GHSU Children’s Medical Center
• Girls on the Run
• Golden Harvest Food Bank
• Julie’s House
• Kids Restart
• Ronald McDonald House
• Storyland Theatre
• United Way of the CSRA