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The Suwannee Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) dedicated the new Wellborn Country Store to the Wellborn Community Association (WCA) and received a plaque by WCA on May 15 in appreciation for their financial support. The store was built and will be ready for business just in time for the 21st Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival June 7, in Wellborn. The money and support used to construct the building seemed to fall right into place according to WCA Vice-President Wendell Snowden.
“I saw in the newspaper where they (SVCF) help organizations and community groups which is something that would be beneficial to all,” said Snowden.
He immediately wrote a letter asking for help and received a phone call from SVCF Advisory Board Chair James Montgomery.
“He called me Saturday night, which surprised me and wanted to meet with me Sunday and that surprised me,” said Snowden.
Snowden said they are very thorough before committing to an investment and one main criteria is that the investment be beneficial to many, much like a community-wide project.
“They don’t just make donations unless it’s for a good cause,” said Snowden.
He was told they would have a meeting the next day and get back to him. Four days later, it was decided WCA would receive $5,500 towards the construction of the new building. The cost totaled about $8,000.
Snowden asked Buildings and More of Lake City and also Martin Interiors if they would be interested in sponsoring to help defray the cost for materials and labor, and they did. Martin Interiors donated the floor and Buildings and More knocked off a considerable amount off the price tag.
Snowden said in addition to its prime location to the festival (located at the south end of the festival grounds), it will also be available to others in the future.