Emanuel AME Church and The Beach Company Collaborate to Create a Permanent Memorial

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Fund being established to facilitate community donations

Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC

Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC

"In coming months, Mother Emanuel's leaders, members and supporters will discuss ... how to memorialize the nine victims on the site ..." Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff, Sr.

The Beach Company began its partnership this month with Mother Emanuel AME Church to create a permanent memorial in honor of the nine victims of the June 17 tragedy. Plans for the memorial commenced after The Beach Company reached out to Emanuel AME Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff, Sr., for his assistance and blessing.

Development of the memorial is still in its early stages. The Beach Company will work with Mother Emanuel leadership and the City of Charleston to determine how to best honor the nine victims.

"In coming months, Mother Emanuel's leaders, members and supporters will discuss not only how to memorialize the nine victims on the site, but also what repair work is needed," said Rev. Dr. Goff. "When you have an historic building that is 124 years old, there are always items on the 'to do' list to address. Partnering with The Beach Company to develop a memorial for the Emanuel 9 lessens the load on our shoulders immensely.”

Goff concluded, “We ask the community to continue to pray for the Emanuel members and the victims' families. We all need time to heal."

The Beach Company considered various ways to contribute to the church since the early stages of the tragedy. The decision to contribute toward a memorial was the result of Beach Company shareholders collaborating with employees.

Initial contributions, including gifts from The Beach Company, its employees, associates, board members and partners, already exceed $40,000. A fund is being established to enable additional contributions from the community. In a letter to Rev. Dr. Goff pledging the gift, Chairman of The Beach Company Charles S. Way stated his hope that the memorial will “serve as a reminder to future generations of the triumph of God’s love demonstrated in Charleston.”

The Beach Company will continue to release updates on memorial plans as they are made. Information on how the public can contribute are forthcoming.

About The Beach Company
With a 70-year history of establishing landmark properties and communities, The Beach Company evaluates each development opportunity for its potential to improve the quality of life for its neighbors and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the region. The Beach Company’s diverse real estate interests include residential and resort properties, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial parks and land across the Southeast. With progressive vision, influenced by a deep reverence for tradition, The Beach Company’s mission is to create enduring value in every endeavor for generations to come. For more information, visit http://www.thebeachcompany.com.

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