National Infantry Museum prepares for Georgia Gives Day - WRBL

National Infantry Museum prepares for Georgia Gives Day

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The National Infantry Foundation has joined non-profit organizations across the state for the second annual Georgia Gives Day. The Georgia Center for Non-Profits has designated Nov. 13 as a day to support the state's non-profit organizations with online donations.

In Columbus, The Community Foundation is also offering a $38,500 matching grant. The money will be given as rewards to some of the 83 local non-profits that achieve certain goals.

Supporters must make their donations online at for it to be counted in the competition. They can search "National Infantry Foundation," or scroll through the list of participating organizations in Muscogee County or by zip code. Donations of any amount are accepted. Donors will receive acknowledgement of their tax-deductible gift.

Visitors to the museum Wednesday will have the opportunity to make their online donations in the museum's lobby. They will then receive a coupon for a free small bag of popcorn at the IMAX Theatre, and those who make donations of $25 or more will be allowed to select a gift item from the Infantry Museum's online store.

Staffers dressed as soldiers will periodically encourage visitors to "Follow me to Georgia Gives Day" by leading them in choruses of "jodies," military cadences typically heard during road marches. Bells will be rung to announce significant donations and the start of one of three scheduled "power hours."

"What a great way to engage our community and shine a spotlight on the impressive things our non-profits are doing," said National Infantry Foundation President Ben Williams. "Naturally we hope the museum comes out on top in this friendly competition, but in the end, we'll all be winners."

Last year, the Infantry Museum had the second largest number of unique donors in Muscogee County and raised $7,700.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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