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Georgia Racing Hall of Fame given donation
Walmart Foundation contributes first $2,500 to open racing library
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The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has taken its first steps toward realizing a goal.

The hall of fame announced in July the opening of its new 2,500-image media library at the museum.

"We have sought out and people have donated photographs of racing history," said Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Director of Marketing and Special Events Cindy Elliott. "We are gathering hi-resolution images, online media, books and magazines for this collection."

The library is named for two of Georgia's famed racing announcers - Jimmy Mosteller and Herbert "Captain Herb" Emory. It will be located on the hall of fame premises under lock and key, according to Elliott.

Those wishing to use the library for media uses or for research purposes can fill out a form and will be given access.

"Currently, we are trying to raise $10,000 in order to get the library up and running," Elliott said.

The first of that funding has been granted to the hall of fame in the form of a $2,500 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

"The Walmart Foundation takes money earned from the Walmart stores and helps the stores contribute to community opportunities, usually through grants and funding," said Dawsonville Walmart Manager Tom Horton. "It helps us do things in our local community that we can't do as a lone store."

Elliott said that this was a great start to the library's funding.

"We are so excited for this donation. This will get us started on the project," she said. "We want to provide a space for people to come in and research."