Antiques Show dedicates 31st year to children served by mission
The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation is pleased to dedicate the 31st annual Thomasville Antiques Show to all the children who have been impacted by the TASF. This brings into the spotlight the organization’s longtime mission. More than $2.6M has been raised and distributed to local children’s charities over the past 30 years.
“Previously, shows have been dedicated to an individual who has shown enormous generosity of time and efforts in support of the Foundation and its mission,” says Elizabeth Street, Vice President of the TASF Board of Directors. “This year, The TASF wanted to honor the collective group it has pledged to serve since inception.
The mission of the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation is to raise funds for non-profit organizations focused on children’s programs in Thomasville, Thomas County and the surrounding areas. Only second to that mission is the goal of creating an opportunity for the community to hear leaders of the design world speak and shop the wares of some of the finest antiques and art dealers in the country.
TASF was established 30 years ago by Marguerite Neel Williams, a tireless philanthropist and a passionate advocate for education and the arts. A woman who loved antiques and historic renovation, Williams had been involved with the successful antiques show in Jacksonville and thought a local show would be a good way to raise funds for area children.
Five specific organizations — the Thomasville History Museum, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville Landmarks, the Thomasville YMCA and the Thomasville Public Library — were included in the TASF charter to be considered for yearly grants upon submission. Other frequent grantees and sample projects include the following:
- The Family Enrichment Group has received gifts to provide advocacy and services for abused and neglected children.
- The Boys & Girls Club has used funds to integrate STEM learning into its core programming.
- Hands & Hearts for Horses has used its TASF grants to support its therapy program and summer camp.
- The Vashti Center was granted funds to help continue their substance abuse intervention program for youth.
- The Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center was gifted funds to improve safety features and enhance the security of children and families during visits.
TASF supports educational and arts-based programming that is uplifting and joyful, but it also provides funding and support to those organizations who serve children affected by abuse, physical and mental disabilities, violence, homelessness, hunger, and many other painful and unspeakable circumstances. TASF believes that the way in which those in need, particularly children, are supported is what truly exemplifies the character and compassion of a community. TASF is proud to garner attention for local children in the area and honored to have such a mission in the hopes of making a better community now and in the future.
The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation looks forward to yet another year bringing much needed awareness and funding to local children’s charities. Each year continues to build on the success of this 30-year legacy, and we hope that 2020 will be another record-breaking one. TASF encourages everyone in the community to come enjoy any of the numerous activities throughout the Antiques Show weekend this February 28th through March 1st.