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Giving back to the community

Friday, August 8, 2003


Brazil's breakfast chapter of the Optimists Club recently found itself on the receiving end of a charitable donation from Wal-mart.

The club, which focuses its time and money mostly on children's activities, was presented with a ceremonial check for $1,000 dollars at the Brazil Wal-mart last Thursday.

The actual money had already been used to cover costs for the recent Respect for Law Camp, though the action was still appreciated.

"The Law Camp was a huge success," Marion "Sarge" Eveland, member of the club, said. "We look forward to having even more boys and girls there next year."

When asked where he got his nickname, "Sarge" simply said that "he earned it years ago."

"You probably wouldn't want to know what Ken calls me," he said with a laugh, referring to club secretary Kenneth Turner.

Wal-mart requires a specific event to donate money, and the club decided that the Respect For Law Camp would be the best place to use it. The aforementioned Kenneth Turner said that the camp, which is run by the Indiana State Police, is one of many programs the Optimists Club runs. Children are taken to Vincennes for approximately four days, he said, and the programs involved can grow quite costly.

"We have a Clothe-a-Child program and a Golf Scramble event also, just to name a few," he said.

He went on to say that any money donated is sincerely appreciated.

"There have been countless donors, and I hate to name just a few, but off the top of my head I know Wal-mart, the Knightsville Men's Club, and the Clay County Civic Memorial Foundation have all donated in the past. "

He said that he also remembers a high school girl who won a prize of "around $500" and donated the whole sum to the club.

Russ Long, manager of the Brazil Wal-mart, said that the organization gives approximately $12,000 in grants to the community annually through the Wal-mart fund.

"We enjoy giving to the community and enjoy the business re receive from the Optimists Club during the Christmas season."

Other members of the club present were Ann and Paul Atkinson and Vickie Longhorn, President-elect of the organization.

"I think it's great that they support our programs," Mrs. Atkinson said, "and in return, contribute to the youth of the county."

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