A world-renowned actor is putting his support behind the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project in Stephens County.
The Camp Toccoa at Currahee board announced this week that it received a $25,000 donation for the restoration of the camp from actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, through the actor’s foundation.
Hanks had served as one of the executive producers on the “Band of Brothers” mini-series, which depicted the story of “Easy” company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which trained at Camp Toccoa before fighting in World War II.
In an e-mail to Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board President Robin Sink McClelland, Hanks stated that he cannot imagine a more fitting site to recreate and honor as would a refurbished Currahee. He called it a stop for all history students no matter the age.
Hanks also offered the use of his name in any and all efforts to raise funds.
McClelland said that the board is thrilled to have Hanks’ support in the project and the fundraising campaign.
The “Camp Toccoa at Currahee” project is an effort to preserve and develop the original site of Camp Toccoa on Currahee Mountain, where paratroopers trained during World War II.
For more information on the project, go to www.camptoccoaatcurrahee.com.