Red Ventures CEO foots bill for every online fundraising effort in Charlotte schools

Red Ventures CEO foots bill for every online fundraising effort in Charlotte schools

FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - The CEO of Red Ventures, a Fort Mill based company has "flash funded" 280 fundraising projects supporting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Lancaster County Schools.

Ric Elias said in a press release Thursday morning, "Investing in education and skills development is essential to putting our young people on the path to long term success."

The projects, set up by teachers through, are fundraising efforts for everything from books and art supplies, to field trips and electronic technology.

At Sedgefield Elementary, 26 projects were funded in total. Teachers there were more than excited to hear the news.

"I almost dropped to my knees and said thank you Lord!" said second grade teacher Sherry Stitts.

The projects were much needed supplies in many of the classrooms at Sedgefield, where teachers like Kimberly Thomas, have spent thousands of their own dollars to fund supplies for the school.

"I have never had something of this magnitude happen to me," Thomas said. While several of her fundraising projects focused on technology for her classroom, Thomas' students cheered when they found out a project to replace their worn and soiled classroom carpet was funded.

Todays funding announcement was a part of a national effort by more than fifty athletes, actors, founders, and philanthropists to "flash fund" classroom projects posted on in communities across America.

According to the website, collectively, these individuals committed over $14 million to fund nearly 12,000 projects, including books, art supplies, science equipment, field trips, and more. They are now challenging the public to join them by donating to classroom projects on, making it a #BestSchoolDay for public school teachers and students nationwide.

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