A second $100 thousand challenge pledge

Those supporting an Oconee County emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children have come up with a new challenge. The campaign for Safe Harbor recently raised enough funds from the general community to qualify for a dollar-for-dollar match of a $100 thousand gift pledged by Seneca couple Fran and Bobby Hansen. A second such pledge was announced today by Safe Harbor’s Sam Head, a financial businessman. This time, however, the donor is anonymous. Head calls it a Valentine’s Day pledge. “Every dollar raised today going forward will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100 thousand,” he says. At an announcement today at the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the campaign to raise the money to build the shelter had reached $700 thousand, or 70% of the goal. Sam Head, co-chairman John Powell, and new co-chairman Daniel Maw are looking for ways to take the campaign over the top, perhaps by Christmas.