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Baumel Endowment - For Needy Dogs

The Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare gives again....

For 40 years as owner of Sadye's, with locations first in downtown Brunswick and later on St. Simons Island, Raymond Baumel helped to advise and clothe local, fashionable women. To them, he was the arbiter of good taste, quiet elegance, and style. Many also fondly remember his wife Elizabeth "Billie" Cowen Baumel, with whom he traveled the world in the hunt for the perfect new styles and jewelry to bring back to the women of the Golden Isles. Also remembered was a succession of "Abernathy" Yorkshire Terriers - each one, in his time, a permanent fixture at Raymond's feet by his desk at the store.

In Raymond's generosity, he always reached out to those who needed a hand. He had a special place in his heart for abandoned or abused dogs. When Raymond died, he sought through his estate to provide for "dog" welfare here in coastal Georgia for generations to come. He established the Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare at the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and in doing so, has created a lasting legacy - as well as a permanent income stream - for the care and sheltering of stray and unwanted dogs, from the interest earned on the endowment.

For 10 years, this endowed fund has been making grants to nonprofits in Glynn County.  This year - 3 very worthy organizaitons received grants to support and provide for "man's best friend" in their time of need: Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Glynn County Animal Services, and No Kill Glynn County.

2022 Community Impact Grants: 24 Recipients Awarded

Twenty-four (24) organizations working directly with our community’s most vulnerable populations will receive a record total of $170,988 from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF). The Foundation’s Community Impact Grant initiative distributed these grants to organizations providing a variety of critical, innovative, and effective services to at-risk youth and the adults who care for them - in Camden, McIntosh, and Glynn counties.

This $170,988 amount represents the largest number and highest total of grants in the Foundation’s history for the annual competitive grant program. The Foundation budgeted $75,000 for 2022, fundholders and friends generously contributed the remaining $95,988 to cover the budget for all 24 recipients.

“Our comprehensive internal review process indicated that there were more qualified organizations providing critical services to this vulnerable population than we had budgeted for. Many of our fundholders rely on us to help them maximize the impact of their philanthropy. When we reached out to our fundholders apprising them of this opportunity, they responded and the gap was covered in less than 48 hours,” stated Paul White, President & CEO of the Foundation.

In addition to donor-advised and field of interest grant-making throughout the year, CCGF annually conducts a competitive grant cycle which targets specific areas of need and opportunity across the 3-county region. Strengthening the services and partnerships of local, not-for-profit service organizations is part of the mission of CCGF, and the grant process is designed to further this mission. Five (5) of this year’s 24 grant recipients are first-time awardees.  


Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia – McIntosh

$7,500 – The Literacy Academy of McIntosh County

Camden Community Crisis Center (Camden House) – Camden

$7,500 – Teen Skills Building Program

Camden Community Family Center – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$7,500 – Nurturing Parenting Program

Children In Action (CIA) Sports Club – Glynn

$7,500 – Mobile Outreach Program & Barnabas Club

Coastal Outreach Academies – Glynn

$7,500 – Coastal Outreach Soccer Academy Program

Communities in Schools (CIS) – Glynn

$7,500 – Workforce Readiness Program & Floating Site Coordinator

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Camden, Glynn

$4,000 – Training, Security, & Virtual Program Software

Ferst Readers – McIntosh, Glynn

$7,488 – Childhood Literacy Programs

*Forward Brunswick – Glynn

$7,500 – Brunswick MathTalk Trail

The Gathering Place – Glynn

$7,500 – College Tour Program

*Glynn Academy Football Academic Program – Glynn

$7,500 – Red Terror Football Academic Program

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association – Glynn

$7,500 – The Golden Isles Penguin Project

Golden Isles Youth Orchestra (GIYO) – Camden, Glynn

$7,500 – E-Music Program

Hope 1312 Collective – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$7,500 – Chosen in Home Caregiver Coaching & Replanted Conference

Morningstar Children & Family Services – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$7,500 – Supportive Employment Program

*Ravens of Elijah Food Ministries – Camden

$7,500 – Weekly Drive-Thru Giveaway

Safe Harbor Children’s Center – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$7,500 – Children’s Advocacy & Connie Smith Sexual Assault Centers

*Salvation Army – McIntosh, Glynn

$7,000 – Social Services Program

*Seaside Summer Enrichment Programs – Glynn

$7,500 – Enrichment Programs & Adventure Camps

Social Opportunities & Active Recreation (SOAR) – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$5,000 – Swim Camp

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – McIntosh

$7,500 – Community Youth Connection

St. Mary’s Little Theatre – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$5,000 – Down Home Meets Broadway

STAR Foundation – Camden, McIntosh, Glynn

$7,500 - $hining $tars Financial Literacy Workshop

YMCA of Coastal Georgia – McIntosh

$7,500 – Camp Readers & Afterschool Programs

*denotes first-time community impact grant recipient



2022 Winners: Correll Scholars Program

The Correll Scholars Program, a component fund of The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, was established by A.D. “Pete” and Ada Lee Correll to assist talented Glynn County high school graduates who are active members of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center or The Gathering Place, pursuing a degree at a public Georgia college.

Annually - $5,000 will be awarded to each student directly to their 4-year academic college, based on continued academic achievement - $20,000 total.

The four 2022 Correll Scholars Program recipients are Justis Kuykendall, Kylie Dallas, Grace Hagen, and Saje Alston. During each year of their scholarship support, the students will be providing at least 20 hours of volunteer service to the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia or The Gathering Place.

*Justis Kuykendall - member of The Gathering Place, will be graduating from Brunswick High School and plans to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, majoring in Business Management while also working to obtain a Real Estate License.
*Kylie Dallas - member of The Gathering Place, will be graduating from Brunswick High School and plans to attend Georgia College in Milledgeville, majoring in Computer Science.
*Grace Hagen - member of The Gathering Place, will be graduating from Heritage Christian Academy and plans to attend Georgia College in Milledgeville, majoring in Mass Communications.
*Saje Alston - member of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, will be graduating from Brunswick High School and plans to attend South Georgia State College in Douglas, majoring in Business with an emphasis in Accounting.

Pictured in front of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center – with each recipient holding his or her scholarship award: (from left to right) Justis Kuykendall, Kylie Dallas, Grace Hagen, and Saje Alston standing alongside proud family members.


2022 Winners: CCF ECW Scholarship

The Christ Church Frederica (CCF) Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Scholarship, a component fund of The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF), awards an annual $2,500 scholarship to female, Episcopalian, graduating high school seniors or current college students – hailing from Glynn or McIntosh counties and pursuing a college degree. 

This year, the two 2022 CCF ECW Scholarship recipients are Meriwether “Evie” Akridge and Margaret “Maggie” Jenkins - both demonstrated leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at St. Mark's Episcopal and CCF, Glynn Academy, their workplaces, and within the community.

Evie and Maggie will be graduating from Glynn Academy among the top 5% of their highly competitive class - with 4.4 GPAs.

Evie will be attending the University of Georgia majoring in Advertising, with a minor in Business or Studio Art. After graduating from UGA in Athens, Evie plans to head to Atlanta and attend the Miami Ad School for a M. AD diploma in Copywriting.

Maggie will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Public Policy. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Maggie aspires to be in Washington D.C. working for the United Nations or Federal Government.

Pictured from left to right on the Parish Hall steps at CCF: (front row) recipient Evie Akridge, recipient Maggie Jenkins; (2nd row) Evie’s parents Kathleen Akridge and Fr. Alan Akridge, Maggie’s father Andy Jenkins; (3rd row) committee member Peggy Goad, ECW board member Beryl Blatchford; (back row) CCGF staff Kaitlyn Cenicola, ECW board member Susan Lawhorne, committee members Nancy Zell and Sheri Bowen, CCGF staff Paul White.



2022 Winner: GA Class of 1969 Scholarship

The Glynn Academy (GA) Class of 1969 Scholarship, a component fund of The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, awards an annual $2,500 scholarship to one deserving GA graduate - to honor GA Class of 1969 classmates no longer with them - “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”

The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to a graduating senior who did not meet the standards for the Georgia HOPE Scholarship, but otherwise demonstrated characteristics of a dedicated student. The goal is that with financial assistance during the first year of college, the awarded student will raise his or her GPA enough to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship by the end of the first semester of college.

This year’s 2022 GA Class of 1969 Scholarship recipient is Marisela Guerrero-Gomez, a first-generation college student who plans to attend The College of Coastal Georgia. During high school, Marisela completed multiple dual-enrollment, advanced, and honors courses while participating in GA’s Color Guard.

Pictured from left to right in front of the GA bell, donated by the GA Student Council Class of 1969: committee member Tannis Parker, recipient Marisela Guerrero-Gomez, and committee chairman Stewart Pittman.


2022 Community Impact Grants Cycle to open

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) is pleased to announce its 2022 Community Impact Fund grant cycle will open January 3, 2022. Proposals are due by February 28. Awards will be announced in early May. 

Good Grit Magazine Honors Eugenia Price

Good Grit Magazine, a lifestyle magazine based in Birmingham, wrote a lovely tribute to St. Simons Island writer, Eugenia Price, and the Foundation's efforts to continue her philanthropy.

Christ Church Awards 2020 Scholarships

The Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to three graduating seniors recently. 

Waverly Brown plans to attend the College of Coastal Georgia. Ma'Kayla Hulett plans to attend Georgia Southern University. Hannah Martin plans to attend Auburn University. Congratulations to all the recipients!! 

Correll Scholarships awarded to local students

Congratulations to Amirah Richardson and Dillon Booker on being the recent recipients of the Correll Scholarships. Amirah is attending Valdosta State University and Dillon is at the College of Coastal Georgia. 


Brunswick News: Community Emergency Needs Fund Distribution

Emergency Needs Fund disperses $655,000 to the community for COVID-19 relief.