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  • 4th August 2017

Carolina Panther Charles Johnson to Host Ribbon Cutting at Village at River’s Edge

With Chamire Holdings, LLC, Johnson’s contribution helped make project a reality

Columbia, S.C., Nov. 30, 2016 – Carolina Panthers defensive end, Charles Johnson and Chamire
Holdings, LLC are celebrating the completion of the 124-unit Village at River’s Edge affordable housing
development in Columbia, S.C. The development’s completion comes in time for families to move in before
the holidays. Johnson will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony on December 6 at 3 p.m. at the Village at
River’s Edge, located at 229 McRae St. in Columbia, S.C.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will include a brief reception at Edward E Taylor Elementary School, which is
located next to the development. Chamire Holdings, LLC will present a donation to the community
elementary school during the reception.

The Village at River’s Edge, which broke ground in July 2015, offers a smart and affordable housing
opportunity for families in need. The local Food Lion will provide each family that has already moved into
the development with a reusable grocery bag filled with perishable and nonperishable groceries. For families
who move in on a later date, Food Lion will provide gift cards so residents can purchase fresh items to
celebrate their new home. Additionally, Target will provide each of the approximately 250 children who live
in the development with a $10 gift card to use at the store.

The Charles Johnson Foundation will provide t-shirts to all new residents and each household will receive a
copy of the book “Tackle Reading.” Johnson and fellow NFL player Fernando Velasco both wrote stories
featured in the book, which focuses on the importance of reading.

“I’m really excited to announce the completion of this project for the community here,” Johnson said. “As a
product of a single-parent household, I know this sort of affordable housing can be hard to come by. This
project is a step in the right direction. My foundation and I are thankful to Food Lion and Target for their
gifts to the families. This is a great community.”

The Village at River’s Edge development consists of 124 affordable two- and three-bedroom units. The
development has a community clubhouse with programming space, an outdoor gazebo, and a children’s play
area. The community playground has been a welcome addition to the 60 existing units in the area and those
already living in them while the development was under construction.

A future phase of the project will include an additional 27 affordable townhouse units and a 48-unit
affordable apartment building for elderly residents. Timing for this phase has not been finalized.
The Village at River’s Edge affordable housing development is in line with Johnson’s foundation’s main
missions. In 2012, Johnson created the Charles Johnson Foundation, which is dedicated to providing
opportunities for under-served youth to reach their full potential through athletic, recreational, and
educational programs and initiatives; and to provide support for single African American mothers through
proven programs and initiatives.

Johnson and Chamire Holdings, LLC, are leading contributors for the development of the housing units. The
project has also received financial support from the following parties, who have helped bring the
development to fruition:

  • Columbia Housing Authority
  • Bank of America
  • South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority
  • America First Multifamily Investors
  • Midland Housing Trust Fund
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • US Bank

For media requests or questions about the Charles Johnson Foundation and the Village at River’s Edge
development, contact Meredith Geisler at or (703) 740-5015.

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Meredith Geisler
Tandem Sports + Entertainment, LLC
(703) 740-5015
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