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Snowfest donates proceeds to 2 charities

Posted: February 15, 2017 - 2:48am
Turner Simkins, co-founder of Press On, (center) holds a check for $20,000 from the Snowfest event. Columbia County Commissioner Ron Cross (at right), holds a check for $1,000 donated to the Columbia County Arts Foundation.
Turner Simkins, co-founder of Press On, (center) holds a check for $20,000 from the Snowfest event. Columbia County Commissioner Ron Cross (at right), holds a check for $1,000 donated to the Columbia County Arts Foundation.

More than $30,000 was awarded to two local charities with proceeds from the Columbia County Snowfest still coming in, after the events largest turnout in its five-year history.

Turner Simkins received $20,000 of the proceeds for the Press On Fund, during a check presentation at Lady A Amphitheater in Evans Monday afternoon.

According to Simkins, a co-founder of the group started in 2010, the fund invests money in tip of the spear research for the worst pediatric cancers, including certain brain tumors.

"We have a medical advisory board that helps us find the research that needs funding. We study it and make sure it is worth the investment and we study it and there are kids alive today because of it," Simkins said. "Every dime we raise goes to research, there is no overhead, it's all volunteer based."

The Columbia County Arts Foundation received $1,000, raised with drink sales at Snowfest. The check was received by Columbia County Commission chairman Ron Cross.

The event is put on each year by Mullins Management. Owner Joe Mullins said more than 10,000 people attended the annual event. This year, admission was free while visitors could purchase arm bands to ride rides in the amphitheater.

"This year's snowfest, which was bigger than any of us ever expected, had well over 10,000 people attend," Mullins said. "We really did not have a clue that we would have as many people come out to the event. It was very successful."

 

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