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Exchange Club donates $800K to charities

The Exchange Club presented a giant check to local charities Thursday from revenue raised at last year's Coastal Carolina State Fair.

The club presented a giant check for $800,022, a total that will be split among 94 local, tri-county and surrounding area charities. The club targets charities that support Americanism, youth activities, scholarships, community programs and its national project, child abuse prevention, according to a release.

Profits derived from the operation of the Fair are used exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, the website states. The organization says it gave more than $650,000 last year from the 2012 fair to area charities.

The donation comes despite the arrest of a former Exchange Club president in connection with nearly $200,000 in missing funds from Coastal Carolina Fair accounts. In March, Dennis Lott was charged with breach of trust.

The Exchange Club of Charleston was chartered on April 15 1924.

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