Ray Charles Foundation Recovers Unspent Money

Source: Christopher Quinn / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Ray Charles Foundation in November reclaimed $1.2 million of $3 million in donations to Albany State University because the school did not use the money to build a new performing arts center.

The tussle over the cash has been ongoing for nearly a year, but a spate of recent news reports made the financial return public.

Charles, a beloved icon in American music, spent his childhood in Georgia and made gifts totaling $3 million to the university in 2001 and 2002 to build a performing arts center named in honor of his mother. The building has not been built.

The singer and pianist died in 2004.

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