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First Donations from Consumer Brands Charitable Fund Put Children’s Welfare at Forefront

On July 20, a new charitable fund recently established by Rich Products Corporation’s Consumer Brands Division, based on St. Simons Island, Georgia, made its first-ever grant, presenting a $25,000 donation to the Children In Action Sports Club in the nearby city of Brunswick.

The check was presented during a brief ceremony at the facilities of the CIA Sports Club, a ministry serving children ages 7-12 from surrounding Glynn County.  The attendees included dozens of the area youths who have made CIA Sports Club part of their lives.

The vision of the nonprofit CIA is to build relationships with children and their families and help them make healthy choices.  The youth-focused organization provides an environment favorable for experiencing, accepting and exercising the application of a Christ-centered lifestyle.  Its vision is to bring children from all racial, social and economic backgrounds together to emphasize the importance of making good choices and to demonstrate what is achievable through teamwork.  The CIA utilizes sports and other physical activities as an outreach to children, youth and adults, in an effort to build character, excellence and teamwork.

The donation presented in July at the CIA gymnasium was the first for the recently formed Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund.  On hand from Rich’s Consumer Brands Division to make the presentation to CIA Sports Club Founder Allen Benner were Jim Motos, Vice President of Sales and also a member of the board of directors of the CIA Sports Club; Craig Entwistle, Vice President of the Consumer Brands Division; and – officially representing the Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund – Associate Category Analyst Katie Griffith, Human Resources Manager Donna Ratliff, and Trade Settlement Analyst Jayne Mathews.

The money donated by the Consumer Brands fund will help the CIA Sports Club operate its two main youth programs:

  • The free Barnabas Club after-school program bringing children of all backgrounds together to promote the importance of making good choices and to demonstrate what is achievable through teamwork.
  • The free Summer Outreach recreational ministry program, which features organized youth camps for sports such as basketball, football, soccer, baseball, softball, cheerleading and ultimate Frisbee.

“Rich’s Consumer Brands Division created this charitable fund because we know there are many needs in our Glynn County community, and the local charitable organizations that do exceptional work in filling those needs don’t necessarily receive any national funding,” explains Motos.  “We feel that, in today’s world, it’s vital to support our youth, and the CIA Sports Club is among the local organizations that provide a strong foundation for doing that.  The club obviously has been making a positive impact on families, especially youth, within Glynn County, and Rich’s, as a family oriented organization, is happy to help sustain that important work.  We are always looking for opportunities to give back to the local community.”

Almost simultaneous with its first contribution, Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund planned a second $25,000 donation, this time to Brunswick’s Safe Harbor Children’s Center, which provides shelter and therapeutic services to children who’ve been abused, abandoned or neglected; who are homeless or have run away from home; or who are otherwise at risk or feel threatened.

The Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund was launched using money raised by associates of the Consumer Brands Division and donations collected by the division through the RSM Classic, an official PGA TOUR FedExCup event played each fall at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island.  The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation, which was founded by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families.

The new Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund is administered through the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, a public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties along the Georgia coast.  The foundation serves ordinary citizens who have the extraordinary vision to promote a better life for their neighbors, friends, families and fellow coastal Georgians – today and for future generations.  The community foundation seeks to be the region’s trusted source for thoughtful philanthropic counsel, sound financial management and strategic community investment.