Joanna Foundation Grant

Mr. Carl Borick, Director, accepts the Joanna Foundation’s check for $25,000 in honor of Mr. Charlie Menefee

Joanna Foundation makes $25,000 grant to The Charleston Museum in honor of former Museum Board of Trustees member, Charlie Menefee

The Joanna Foundation has generously supported Charleston Museum preservation, exhibition and education efforts since the early 1980s. Grants have been made for the Dill Sanctuary, maintenance and preservation of the Heyward-Washington and Joseph Manigault Houses, special exhibits such as Queens and Commoners, Redcoats, Hessians and Tories, and Kidstory, and other endeavors that support the Museum’s educational mission.

Mr. Charles “Charlie” Menefee

On October 24, the Joanna Foundation Board of Trustees met at the Museum and made a special grant of $25,000 to the Museum in honor of Mr. Charles “Charlie” Menefee. Menefee, a longtime Charleston financial advisor, served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees for 12 years (1980-1992) and the Joanna Foundation’s Board for 25 years (1989-2014). He has been a stalwart friend to both organizations, offering sound financial advice and guidance. Because of his association with the Museum, Joanna Foundation Trustees voted to confer the grant in his name to support the future Natural History Gallery renovation.

With the Menefee family in attendance, Mr. Walter “Kit” Regnery presented the check to Mr. Carl P. Borick, Director of the Museum, and read a special resolution in appreciation of Charlie Menefee. Menefee spoke of his affiliation with the Museum which went back to his childhood, when he would spend hours in the halls of the “old” Museum on Rutledge Avenue. Mr. Borick noted “it is a true honor to receive this grant in Charlie’s name. The renovation of the Natural History Gallery is a critical endeavor for the future of the Museum. We are tremendously grateful to the Joanna Foundation for this support.”

Mr. Charlie Menefee, his family, Joanna Foundation Board members and staff, and Museum staff gather in the Museum’s Boardroom.