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Konduros Fishermen Fund partners with FMU to issue holiday grants to the community

FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Foundation has received an $82,000 grant from the Konduros Fishermen Fund, which will be used for underprivileged men, women and children in the Pee Dee and Columbia area. 

“When the season of Christ comes upon us, it’s a time we’re most likely to understand how blessed we are and being the most blessed by having the ability to make other’s Christmas a little brighter,” said Jim Konduros, chairman of the Konduros Fishermen Fund. “We are grateful and privileged to partner with FMU at this hopeful time for others who have little or no hope.” 

In May 2010, the PSARAS Foundation established a donor advised fund with the FMU Foundation under the name of the Konduros Fishermen Fund. The fund was created to keep the PSARAS story alive by reflecting the ideals of innovation and dedication to the needs of those who may not have received mainstream attention of established entities and organizations. 

The purpose of this fund is to reach into local communities and assist in capacity building. It was also the desire of the PSARAS Foundation Board of Directors to honor their long serving chairman, James S. Konduros. 

“Over the years, Jim Konduros and the PSARAS Foundation have been loyal and generous supporters of FMU and the community we serve,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “Jim has always been attuned to the needs of our students and faculty, and visionary about improving the quality of life in this state. We are proud to partner with them in identifying and serving those in need across the Pee Dee region.” 

The holiday grants for 2011 are as follows: 

  • Lighthouse Ministries ($5,000)
  • Cumberland United Methodist Church ($2,500)
  • Greater Faith Outreach Ministries ($2,500)
  • Door of Hope Christian Church in Marion County ($5,000)
  • Francis Marion University/ Dr. and Mrs. Fred Carter will host their annual Santa Party for children of faculty, staff and students, along with children from area shelters. The party will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Wallace House on the FMU campus.  ($5,000)
  • Midlands Housing Alliance (MHA) will help seek the special needs of their clients during the holiday season. MHA helps move people form homelessness to permanent housing. ($2,000)

In addition, the Konduros Fishermen Fund has proposed to fund $60,000 in outreach programs to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Training and the Pee Dee Coalition during the fall grant cycle. 

  • The American Red Cross will recruit, train and engage 300 volunteers in 19 counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Kershaw Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, Marion, Newberry, Saluda, and Williamsburg by providing disaster preparedness training for community sustainability to optimize donors’ dollars through a week long training workshop because the Red Cross aspires to train neighbors to help neighbors. The training will be held on the FMU campus. 
  • The Pee Dee Coalition and the Durant Children’s Center employs one fulltime family advocate who is responsible for assisting children and families from all seven counties of the region. Their goal is to expand the position to two part-time positions and divide the region so the caseload is more manageable and the advocacy more effective. One will be responsible for the Third (Williamsburg and Clarendon counties) and Twelfth Judicial Circuits (Florence and Marion counties), while the other will cover the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro counties).

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Last Published: January 10, 2012 2:37 PM
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