Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said his inaugural gala generated more than $12,500 for local charities, something that he hopes to do every year.
The black-tie charity gala Jan. 4 at the Legends Club on Washington Road was attended by at least 300 people, who paid up to $150 each to take part in the inaugural celebration.
Roundtree said ticket sales and a silent auction yielded about $33,900, or about $18,000 after expenses.
“The majority will be divided among the five charities with a portion retained for future events and start up cost for next year’s event,” Roundtree said in an e-mail. “The monies will be in the campaign account, so it is open for public view and cannot be used for personal use.”
The sheriff said keeping the money in a campaign account allows for the donation of money to charities and makes it easier for the public to keep up with how the money is spent.
“Eventually, I would like to start a nonprofit foundation under the sheriff office banner, but this was the easiest way to immediately generate, distribute and track the money,” he said.
He said checks for at least $2,500 from the proceeds will be given to each of the five designated charities: Augusta Partnership for Children, SafeHomes of Augusta, Augusta Warrior Project, Easter Seals and Golden Harvest Food Bank.