CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground officials say they have received an anonymous donation to honor the volunteer service of a West Ashley family.
The $5,000 donation was made anonymously by a Charleston-based business owner to honor the decades of service by the Parker family of West Ashley, according to St. Andrew’s Park and Playground Director of Fundraising and Sponsorship Mark Spinn.
Spinn says that the donor’s only request was that the Parker family be involved in how the money would be used.
Spinn says that Raeh Ann Parker was contacted by St. Andrew’s Athletic Director Joshua Singleton regarding the donation and how to use the money. Parker suggested using the money to purchase new equipment for the upcoming youth sports season.
“When we heard that the donation had been done as a way to recognize our family, it was such an honor,” Parker said. “I know my dad would have wanted the money put towards helping the youth sports (at St. Andrew’s Parks), because he loved coaching and volunteering there all those years.”
Parker’s father, Charles, began volunteering as a coach in 1967 and four generations of the family has been on the St. Andrew’s fields in some capacity since then, Spinn says.
With the donation, St. Andrew’s Parks purchased baseballs, catcher’s gear and other baseball equipment, Spinn says.
Singleton said St. Andrew’s Parks was “extremely appreciative” of the donation made in honor of the Parkers.
“I know Raeh Ann and her family have a great love for youth sports, and acknowledging that through this incredibly generous donation helps carry out the legacy her father established,” Singleton said. “The new equipment is a tremendous help in furthering our mission to provide high quality youth sports programs here in West Ashley and the local community.”
Spinn says Parker was impressed with the amount of new equipment and will coach a youth baseball team this spring.
“There are so many great values kids learn from youth sports, and my dad instilled those in me and lots of other kids,” Parker said. “I wouldn’t keep coming out to coach if I didn’t think we were doing any good, but I know all of us involved in youth sports at St. Andrew’s are. This donation helps us to do even more.”