The Clay County Community Foundation will make donations to eight non-profit organizations in Clay County during its upcoming Harvest Hoedown festivities.
The event will take place at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 10. It is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The hoedown launched last year as a family friendly event to raise awareness of the county's philanthropical practices. The event will begin with a dinner from Pappy's Barbecue, Brazil, and will feature activities such as a silent auction, musical entertainment and entertainment for children.
The event is sponsored by Riddell National Bank, Miller Stewart and Richard Royer. Other sponsors include WTWO, Pepsi, LAMAR and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
After the entertainment portion of the evening comes to a close, the Foundation will provide grants to eight different organizations in the area. The sum of the awarded money totals $40,767.
The Foundation received dozens of one-page letters from organizations hoping to be deemed "worthy" of selection for the grant money.
The Foundation Board then reviewed all letters.
Pat Wilkinson said final decisions have been made and all organizations, who have been selected will be informed of the board's decision before the Hoedown.
Wilkinson said most of the money received helps go toward causes such as grants for the county and scholarships for local students.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, the Hoedown will also feature a bonfire. Wilkinson said she hoped people would come out to show support for local organizations, but also stressed she believed the event would be worthwhile for people just looking for a good time.
"There will be good food, good music and just a lot of fun activities," Wilkinson said. "People can help out and have a good time in the process."
The Second Harvest Hoedown will take place from 4:30-10 p.m., with a dinner being served from 4:30-7 p.m.
The grants will be presented at 7 p.m. to Clay County non-profit organizations.