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Girl Scouts get challenge

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By Todd Cohen

COLFAX, N.C. — The Tarheel Triad chapter of the Girl Scouts of America has raised more than $5 million, including a $650,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich., in a capital campaign to raise $6.5 million.

The council, which is raising funds for a new campus and volunteer training center and kicked off the campaign’s public phase July 31, will receive the Kresge funds if it raises $1.5 million more by Oct. 1, 2003, meeting its campaign goal.

The council will develop its campus on 48 acres in Colfax it purchased in December for $3.25 million, including Magnolia Manor, plus 46 adjacent acres it bought three years ago, replacing a nearby facility that has been its home since 1968.

The campus will include an administrative center, program and environment center for girls and training center for adults.

Big gifts to the campaign include $850,000 from Patty and Gary Brown, who sold 48 acres to the council and will continue running GBA systems, his software firm, in Magnolia Manor; $250,000 from Wachovia; and $100,000 each from Old Dominion Freight Lines and the Toleo Foundation.

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