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Antique show benefits kids

March 1, 2007

Thomasville--  It's not called the best antique show of the south for nothing. The Thomasville Antiques show and sale draws some of the most prestigious antique dealers in the country.

And its all for a good cause. Since its creation eighteen years ago, the show has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit children's programs in Thomas county. This year they're hoping to reach the million dollar mark, and it all starts Thursday night.

Vendors are busy unpacking their wares and setting up shop at the Thomasville Exchange Club Fairgrounds for this weekends activities. 

Dealers have come from all over the country, and they're ready to offer their treasures to Thomasville.  "Many of the items here are from long established dealers that are offering highly sought after goods from all over the world," said show manager Charlie Miller.

It might sound ritzy, but the show has something to offer everyone.  "Not everything's outrageously expensive, you can spend $25 here and get something to take home," said Miller.

But all this isn't just about perusing furniture, paintings and jewelry from the 18th and 19th centuries.  "The ticket money, the sponsor money, any money that comes in the doorway for any event and any attachment to the show goes directly to feed that net proceeds," Miller said.

Those proceeds go to a foundation that gives grants, supporting children's programs in the community.  The boys and girls club of Thomas county is just one of many local organizations to benefit from the antique show. 

They've put the money they received to good use.  "We used that money to operate our programs. I mean we have so many different programs here," said programs director Ondrea Davis.

She says the club offers everything from homework help to courses teaching teens to manage their money, and find a career path.  "Whatever we can do to enhance kids, that's what we do," said Davis.  And that job's made a lot easier with support from foundations like the Thomasville Antique show and sale.

Tickets for the show are 12 dollars, and are good for the entire weekend.



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