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    Fas Mart Raises $50,000 for HomeAgain

    Golf outing and auction charity will assist organization in their transitional programs.

    RICHMOND, Va. -- HomeAgain, an organization that helps homeless families and individuals in metro Richmond, will receive $50,000 from the annual Golf Outing and Auction held last fall by convenience retailer Fas Mart, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.

    The golf event in Williamsburg is the largest charity event sponsored by Richmond-based GPM Investments, which operates Fas Mart and Shore Stop convenience store chains, said Dave McComas, president and CEO, in the report.

    In the past two years, the event raised $90,000 for HomeAgain, McComas said. Fas Mart customers also support HomeAgain and other charities through an in-store donation program.

    Fas Mart donations are targeted to organizations that work with families and children, and HomeAgain was "a really good fit because of the results that they get," he said in the report. "There's the old adage, it's much better to teach them to fish than give them a fish. [HomeAgain] teach[es] people how to be productive members of society. Society owes them an opportunity to succeed and be happy again and not be subservient to handouts the rest of their lives."

    More than 80 percent of participants in HomeAgain's transitional programs moved on to permanent housing in the past year, he said.

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