Fund advisor Donna McEntyre said $5,000 is going to New Echota in honor of its 50th anniversary, to help them re-establish a rare Indian Blood Cling peach orchard at the site.
The Cherokee Indians, who occupied the area from the mid 1700s until their forced removal in 1838, cultivated the variety but it is not widely grown in the Southeast today.
The Fund also awarded $5,000 to Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County.
“Since 1986, they’ve worked tirelessly to prevent child abuse in all its forms in Calhoun and Gordon County. However, recent budget cuts have severely impacted the program,” Fund advisor David Lance said.
Carol Vedrody, executive director of PCAGC, said the grant will pay for some much-needed repairs to the offices, which are located in a converted older home.
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