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Girl Scouts face deadline

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By Todd Cohen

COLFAX, N.C. — Having raised more than $5.7 million in its $6.5 million capital campaign, the Tarheel Triad Council of the Girl Scouts of America needs to raise another $130,000 by Sept. 30 to secure a $650,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich.

Launched in January 2002, the campaign by July 2002 had raised more than $5 million, including the challenge grant, which Kresge agreed to contribute if the Scouts could meet its campaign goal by raising the remaining $1.5 million by this Sept. 30.

“The bottom line is that we must raise the next $130,000 by Sept. 30 to receive the Kresge $650,000, which will complete the campaign,” says Linda A. Carlisle, campaign chair and former owner of Copier Consultants. “However, it’s all or nothing.”

Funds from the campaign, the council’s first in more than 17 years,

will pay for development of a new Girl Scout campus of more than 90 acres in Colfax, a new program center now under construction, and Magnolia Manor, which will become the council’s administrative headquarters and volunteer training center.

The campus includes 48 acres in Colfax, including Magnolia Manor, that the council bought nearly two years ago for $3.25 million, plus 46 acres it bought four years ago.

The council serves more than 23,000 members in 13 counties.

For information, contact Amanda Osborne, director of fund development, at 336-274-8491, ext. 306, or at the council at 8432 Norcross Road, Colfax, N.C., 27235.

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