[UPDATE] James Eunice Community Benefit

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

[UPDATE] 4/9 at 2:26 p.m. --

Citizens have about a week left to donate to the James Eunice Charity Fund.

So far, the Eunice family has reached 75 percent of their goal to raise more than $90,000.

See below for details on how to donate to this campaign.



The family of a Valdosta teen, who drowned last month in Ocean Pond, is kicking off a community fundraiser.

Seventeen-year-old James Eunice's parents will host a benefit tonight to raise money for Lowndes County's Dive Rescue team.

During the 17 day mission, only one Lowndes County diver could search beneath the lake because he had the proper equipment.

So, divers from surrounding agencies were called to assist.

"If we'd had the proper equipment for Lowndes County, we could have had 25 to 30 divers in the water doing drill patterns, search patterns, which would have made the effort faster," said Dave Stone, the only area diver to hand search Ocean Pond.

John Eunice said, "This community has given so much back to us, has invested in us. And James took great pride in investing in his friends, in his school, in his classes, in his teams. And we want to do the same thing James did. James invest in them. We want to invest back in the community."

The cost to fully suit a diver is $3,000 and Eunice family's goal is to raise $100,000.

To donate to the charity fund, checks can be mailed to the following address:
Community Foundation of South Georgia
P.O. Box 2654
Thomasville, GA 31799

Checks should be made payable to "The James D. Eunice Charity Fund, and memo the bottom of your checks to "Divers Fund."

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  • by April Location: Valdosta on Apr 11, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    @lip cheese its not that he couldnt swim he had waders on and if you are not aware of what they are they come up above ur waist can very quickly fill up with water so with that being said it makes it very difficult to be able to swim or even get out of them. and regardless if he could swim or not that is beside the fact some very good swimmers have drowned before. he was a great christian and could be a role model for all. @ he has been buried yes he is gone but what the family is doing i think is great doing something in his honor is a great think. and all though this was tragic james brought this community together in so many ways. He lived his life in making a difference and even tho james cant physically be with us he still goes on and is continuing to impact the lives of others.
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    Why couldn't he swim? No shoes weight you down that much.
  • by he has been burried Location: lake park on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    ride this horse to the end.
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