Hawkinsville hometown hero Charles Johnson is helping tackle a renovation project for the Lumpkin Street School.
The defensive end for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers issued a $25,000 challenge grant this summer, and the Deacons and Stewards Association of Pulaski County met the matching goal to raise a total of more than $50,000.
The association, which fosters collaboration among black churches, formed a nonprofit organization two years ago to raise money to convert the school into a community center.
With the help of the Foundation for Rural Education and Development, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Buchan Trust, the community will celebrate the campaign’s initial success at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pulaski County Annex Auditorium at 45 South Lumpkin St.
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The association wants to spur development in the neighborhood by creating a gathering center within walking distance for many residents who would benefit from educational and cultural programs.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.