Carolina Academy announces $2.4 million fundraising total
LAKE CITY, S.C. – Carolina Academy Board Chairman Steve Coker announced Friday that the school has raised about $2,486,000 to move forward with phase one of its All In Campaign.
The school raised a total of $1,243,078 and the Darla Moore Foundation matched those funds. Coker said the Perrin family also gave a gift toward the campaign. The Perrin family helped start The Carolina Academy years ago, and a new building planned for the school’s campus will be named in their honor.
“This is the largest fundraising endeavor this school has ever accomplished,” Coker said during a presentation at the school on Friday. “And it’s quite a feat to say that we’ve done that here today. So it is through those, and you and your family, that has allowed us to move forward with this phase one of the All In Campaign.”
Phase one of the All In Campaign consists of the construction of a new cafeteria, media center, computer labs and restrooms that will connect at the front of the school gym, according to headmaster Stevie Phillips. The first phase of the building project will include additional parking in front of the school.
“It’s a bright future for The Carolina Academy, obviously,” Phillips said. “I think it’s going to be a big attraction for our area, and not just Lake City, but surrounding areas and Florence County to have the kind of school that we’re building here in Lake City. It’s going attract people and industry, hopefully, to The Carolina Academy.”
The Darla Moore Foundation has played a huge part in the school’s expansion endeavors, Phillips said.
“We can’t be thankful enough because without their support, we can’t have this opportunity,” he said.