By Jan Rahn
A popular Perkins County entity was honored with a $2,500 donation last week thanks to the generosity of Monsanto Fund and local farmer Donald Gloy of Grant.
As a winner in America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program through Monsanto, Gloy designated Hastings Memorial Library as a favorite nonprofit organization to receive the award in Perkins County.
Attending the check presentation last Thursday were library foundation members Charlotte Kumor and Ronda Lawyer, librarian Robin Quinn, Monsanto representative Rick Deebs, Gloy and his wife Jorga, who is president of the library board foundation.
In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities.
Most recently, the Wallace Fire Auxiliary and the Hayes Center School District benefited from the program when Kimberly Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, both with Wallace ties, designated their winnings to the non-profits.
In November of last year, Karen Fuller of Madrid was a winner of America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, designating her $2,000 check to Perkins County Health Services, and Shawn Sullivan of Wallace designated the same amount from his winnings to the Wallace Fire District.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the charitable arm of Monsanto, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by helping them grow their local communities.
To date, more than 60,000 farmers have participated in the program which is designed to benefit non-profit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.
For more information and to see a full list of winners visit www.growcommunities.com
Farmers can register during the next entry period of Aug. 1—Dec. 31, 2011 to continue to help grow their community.