The Camp Toccoa at Currahee project receives money from a local company.
Hart EMC presented a grant award worth $10,000 to the project during festivities Friday at Currahee Military Weekend.
President and CEO Jeff Murphy said that he and Hart EMC are glad to show their support for the project.
“We have just celebrated our 75th anniversary at Hart EMC and being a part of all of this is really just an honor for me and on behalf of the members, directors, and employees, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate a 75th anniversary than to try to preserve the history and importance of the men and women, and the work that was done up here at Camp Toccoa,” said Murphy.
Last year, Pacolet Milliken donated 5.85 acres of the original Camp Toccoa site and organizers say future plans for what is known as the “Camp Toccoa at Currahee” project include a pavilion and other structures that could help draw people to the property and allow groups to hold events on the site.
The president of the Camp Toccoa at Currahee board is Robin Sink-McClelland, who is also the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sink, the commander of the 506th.
She said this grant money is very valuable to the project.
“We have some start-up costs and some things that are going to have to be done to set us in motion,” said Sink-McClelland.
According to Sink-McClelland, this grant money will also help the project pursue other grants and sources of funding.
She went on to say that she appreciates all of the support that the project and the men of Camp Toccoa receive from the community.
“I think it is wonderful, the recurring events and having the men come back,” said Sink-McClelland. “My first trip here was probably 2001 and I am in a picture with maybe 30 World War II veterans. Today, I am in a picture with maybe half a dozen. The timeliness of this is very important because of course we are losing these men.”
For more information on the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project, visit www.camptoccoaatcurrahee.com.