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The Willcox is actively involved in supporting community based programs, charities and schools. Some include:


302 Polo
East of Aiken, highway 302 is the thread connecting numerous polo farms and polo fields in the rolling South Carolina countryside. 302 Polo is a cooperative effort organized by locally involved polo team patrons and resident professional players, including Owen Rinehart, Adam Snow, Matias Magrini and Julio Arellano.

Area Churches Together Serving provides temporary and emergency aid to local residents who need food, clothing or help paying for utilities, medication, house wares and furniture.

Aiken Board of Realtors
Whether you a local resident searching for the perfect home, relocating to the area or just looking for investment property, one of their real estate professionals are glad to you.

Aiken Center for the Arts
Since 1972 the Arts Center has worked to bring the arts to Aiken through partnerships, and educational and cultural activities. The Arts Center is truly a community entity that offers programs and events for all ages, often at little or no cost to participants.

Aiken Choral Society
As Aiken's oldest performing arts organization, Aiken Choral Society performs a range of musical styles. The society has performed by invitation at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for more than 10 years and in 1992 was selected, by audition to perform with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Aiken County Animal Shelter

Aiken Equine Horse Rescue
Cares for horses and other animals that have suffered neglect, abuse and abandonment. Its goal is find ‘”forever homes” for as many backyard pets as possible. 

Aiken Fall Steeplechase
The tradition of steeplechasing continues in Aiken with the 19th renewal of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday, Oct. 30. It is a nationally sanctioned event that annually brings some of the top riders and horses to Ford Conger Field. Each year the event kicks off with a coat-and-tie party to raise money for the Hitchcock Woods Foundation and the Aiken Rescue Squad.

Aiken Land Conservancy
A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of open, undeveloped space in Aiken County. The ALC has preserved more than 1,300 acres of land.

Aiken Midday Lions Club

Aiken Newcomers Club
The Aiken Newcomers Club, a club for women, raises money for local charities including ACTS, the Cumbee Center, the Aiken SPCA, the Salvation Army, Hitchcock Woods and Children's Place.

Aiken Polo Club
The Aiken Polo Club is one of the oldest and most historic clubs of its kind in the United States. It held its first game on Whitney Field in 1882 and joined the United States Polo Association before the turn of the century. Over the ensuing years, the Aiken Polo Club became the winter playground for many of America’s polo legends, including 10-goalers Tommy Hitchcock, Harry Payne Whitney and Devereux Milburn.

Aiken SPCA
Established in 1935, the Aiken SPCA has placed thousands of needy animals into loving homes. This success was achieved through the dedicated efforts of employees and volunteers. It also hinges on commitment, support and responsibility from the community. Contact the Aiken SPCA today to learn how you can participate in its continued success.

Aiken Technical College
ATC is one of 16 schools in the South Carolina Technical College System, and it has served the community for more than 30 years. Its rich history, commitment to higher education and state-of-the-art facilities provide residents with a first-class, affordable education close to home. Each year The Willcox proudly supports Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Held Oct. 1, the fundraiser benefits the Aiken Techniccal College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Aiken Technical College Foundation’s Family Giving Campaign
Raises money from private sources to provide scholarship assistance, instructional equipment, and continuing education for faculty and staff. 

Alzheimer’s Association
The leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit fundraiser for Alzheimer's research.

American Cancer Society
Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem

Beaujolais for the Ballet
In the 1980s, French wine merchant Georges Deboeuf marketed an autumn wine called Beaujolais Nouveau, but few people know much about this region’s other offerings. Each year area residents enjoy authentic French hors d'oeuvres, a wine tasting, and a fantastic auction to benefit the Augusta Ballet.

Belmont Childcare Association
Belmont Childcare Association provides early childhood education to the sons and daughters of backstretch workers at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks at the Anna House, an on-site center at Belmont Park. Children who leave Anna House are ready for kindergarten, have computer skills and can speak fluent English.

Boys and Girls Club of Aiken
As an offshoot of the Salvation Army and the Boys and Clubs of America, the local chapter has served the city for more than a decade by providing an after-school program and summer day camp for children who normally would be home alone.

Camp Gravatt
Established in 1949, the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is an Episcopal summer camp and conference center located near Aiken. It offers an outdoor Christian youth camp, hosts conferences, meetings, and retreats, and serves other churches and nonprofit groups.

Charles Hartline Memorial

Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
The Child Advocacy Center is Aiken’s only comprehensive program for the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. A nonprofit collaboration among more than two dozen public and private agencies, the center provides the specialized forensic interviews and medical evaluations needed to assure a child’s safety and establish the facts of an allegation. The CAC also manages a team of professionals that reviews each child’s case and makes recommendations for further action.

Children’s Place
Treats children with significant developmental and behavioral problems by providing speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling in a licensed pre-school setting.

Christ Central Ministries, Inc.
Provides food and clothing to Aiken County’s underprivileged

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
The Cumbee Center provides free, 24-hour emergency services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with crisis and long-term counseling, temporary emergency shelter, legal advocacy, referrals to social service agencies, support groups, emotional support and community outreach programs.

Danny and Ron’s Rescue
Rescues abused, abandoned and starving dogs in the Camden, S.C. area. 

Dream Equine Therapy Center
Dream Equine Therapy Center, headquartered in York, S.C., provides emotional support and wellness to the terminally and chronically ill through rescued and rehabilitated horses. Volunteers visit hospitals, nursing homes and rehab facilities, or patients can ride at the farm with a doctor’s referral.

EZ-GO Golf Classic
The tournament benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta, which offers after-school centers for more than 3,000 at-risk children and their families.

Family Y of Aiken
The Family Y provides a variety of programs including physical fitness and social opportunities for all ages. Other services include swim lessons and recreational aquatics, licensed childcare, camps, youth sports programs, seasonal youth sports, senior activities and specialized classes. 

Friends of the Animal Shelter
Supports homeless pets of the Aiken County Animal Shelter and helps promote successful adoptions, spay and neuter programs, and transfers pets to no-kill shelters.

Helping Hands, Inc.
A United Way agency that serves as a 24-hour emergency home for abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Carolina. The annual Chef's Extravagana is one of many charitable events The Willcox takes part.

Hitchcock Healthcare
A not-for-profit group that provides medical and rehabilitation services to residents of Aiken and surrounding communities. Children and adults receive physical, occupation and speech therapy.

Horse Creek Valley Veteran’s Park

Julliard in Aiken
Juilliard, America's premier conservatory, has joined with Aiken to create a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates the arts and quality of life for residents. Aiken hosts students and faculty from the Juilliard School who perform publicly, teach workshops and master classes, and visit Aiken County public schools.

Kennedy Middle School PTO
Throughout the academic year, The Willcox supports the PTO's efforts to raise money for Kennedy Middle School, encourage parental involvement and organize family events.

Kim Herrick Diehl Benefit

Leadership Aiken County
Leadership Aiken County is operated by volunteers, and each year a diverse group of residents learn about their community, participating in field trips related to local government, education, health care, law enforcement and social services. Each class completes a project that benefits the community, whether it is a fundraiser for a local charity or lobbying for changes to legislation or budgets.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, finding a cure and improving the lives of patients and their families.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
The only black history museum in the Central Savannah River Area. Opened in 1991, it is the former home of Lucy Craft Laney, who started the first school in Augusta, Ga. for black children. The school opened on January 6, 1883, in the basement of the Christ Presbyterian Church, then on 10 and Telfair Street with little money and only six students.

The Lydia Project 
Lydia provides free services to women who are coping with cancer. This support includes ongoing correspondence and monthly encouragement for at least 12 months. Women in Aiken (South Carolina) and Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties (Georgia) also qualify for rent, utility and prescription drug assistance.

Mead Hall Episcopal School
Mead Hall has served the Aiken community for over 50 years and emphasizes a rigorous academic curriculum rooted in God’s truths and in Christ’s love. Beyond academics, students are expected to set high standards for personal character and integrity. The Strawberry Festival held in April is the school’s annual fundraising event.

Memory Ride Hunter Show
Each year the equestrian community comes together to make an indelible imprint while raising money for Alzheimer's disease. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association of South Carolina and supports programs for those with Alzheimer's, their family members and caregivers.

Mental Health America of Aiken County
Mental Health America of Aiken County works to inform, advocate and make quality behavioral health services accessible to area residents. One of its largest fundraisers each year is the Operation Santa Christmas Dinner, which feeds, entertains and distributes gifts to more than 200 people with mental health needs.

National Wild Turkey Federation
Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of America’s hunting heritage

Opera Carolina
Opera Carolina is the premiere professional opera company in the Carolinas, presenting three main-stage productions and education and outreach programs that reach more than 65,000 people each year in North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.

PAR for Parkinson’s
The tournament at the Golf Club at Cedar Creek benefits the National Parkinson Foundation's Center of Excellence at the Medical College of Georgia Proceeds fund research on Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological disorders, comprehensive care and support for patients and families, and provide outreach to both patients and the community.

Rally for a Cure at Cedar Creek Gold Club
Money raised at the tournament supports the American Cancer Society and its mission to reduce the risk of cancer, provide free programs and services for cancer patients and fund groundbreaking research.

Savannah River Cancer Foundation
The Savannah River Cancer Foundation helps those affected by cancer in Aiken, Edgefield, Allendale and Barnwell counties, and promotes early detection and prevention programs.

South Carolina State Office of Veteran’s Affairs

St. John’s United Methodist Church of Aiken

St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic School

STAR Riding and Driving
STAR Riding and Driving is a therapeutic riding program that enriches the lives of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities through safe interaction with horses.

Tri Development
A not-for-profit oganization that coordinates community activities for Aiken County residents with autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and intellectual disabilities. 

Toys for Tots
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys October through December and distributes them as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.

United States Equestrian Team Foundation
Established as a not-for-profit organization, the USET Foundation helps fund the High Performance competition. Money is provided to America's elite and developing athletes and horses to pay for training, coaching, travel expenses and educational needs. 

United Way of Aiken County
United Way of Aiken County is a volunteer-driven organization that raises and distributes funds for community needs. Volunteers from all walks of life work in partnership with private businesses, governments and nonprofits to pinpoint and address critical community issues.

The Winston Assembly Ball

Women Beyond Cancer
Women Beyond Cancer hosts free retreats for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Several are held at a local horse farm, where the group is headquartered, and a few are organized in national locations including Maine and Utah.

Women of Woodside
Raises money for charities and helps members of the Woodside golf community connect with volunteer opportunities. Over the past 25 years, the Women of Woodside have contributed more than $500,000 to local charities and combine give 25,000 hours to the community each year.

Wounded Warrior Project
Began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

Yahweh Wilderness Expeditions
Yahweh Wilderness Expeditions specializes in family wilderness expeditions that are meant to bring parents and children closer. By removing the family from everyday distractions and taking them to the wilderness, the program seeks to educate children on the grandness of nature and their place in it.