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Table tennis tournament raises funds for local charities

When Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” she could have been foreshadowing the work of the All American Air Charitable Foundation (AAACF).

For nine years, this determined group of women has helped change the world of St. Augustine through fundraising efforts and the All American Air Table Tennis Classic. Since its inception in 2009, the foundation has donated more than $500,000 to local nonprofits. The 2017 Table Tennis Classic alone raised $100,000.

The current board is comprised of nine women, all of whom volunteer their time, but commitment to the work of AAACF extends far beyond its Board of Directors.

“We are amazed each year when our generous community supports us beyond even our wildest imaginations,” said Christine Chapman, president of AAACF. “Our area has suffered greatly in the past two years at the hands of Mother Nature, and we remain amazed and grateful for the generosity of our friends and neighbors who, even though they may be suffering, find it in their hearts to continue to give to others less fortunate.”