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Non-profit organizations benefit from 'Hoedown'

Friday, September 18, 2009

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.

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There are several statements that are incorrect in this article (Non-profit Organizations Benefit from 'Hoedown'); the corrections are:

The Clay County Community Foundation is hosting the Harvest Hoedown...not the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. The CCCF is affiliated with the WVCF; however, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation is not hosting the event.

The Harvest Hoedown runs from 4:30 until 10:00 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 4:30 until 7:30.

The grants--not donations--to Clay County non-profit organizations will be presented at 7:00. The Harvest Hoedown activities will continue after presentation of the grants.

The "entertainment" for children will be in the form of games in which the children can participate.

The local Clay County sponsors are Riddell National Bank, Miller Stewart, and Richard Royer; other sponsors are WTWO, Pepsi, LAMAR, and Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

The Clay County Community Foundation did not send out proposals to the non-profit organizations; the organizations sent in their grant proposals to the CCCF, who in turn selected the recipients, which would receive the grant money available.

For more information about the Harvest Hoedown or how to apply for grants contact: Pat Wilkinson at 236-2722.

-- Posted by Patty Lou on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 10:07 AM

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