Grow Greene makes unexpected donations

Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation made $5,000 donations to VFW Post 9599/American Legion Post 11 and Youth and Shelter Services on Friday.

Grow Greene provides the funds as good will in bettering the lives of persons in the county. For the past two years Grow Greene has made a donation in the fall to unexpecting organizations. In 2017 they gave the New Opportunity Family Development Center $10,000 to assist persons in need. Both organizations this year are very deserving and add strength to the county through the services they provide.

The VFW and American Legion are visible throughout the community, providing a color guard at Ram football games and for local parades, providing military honors at the funerals of veterans, supporting area veterans and their families, supporting the school with programs like the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy, and supporting the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts.

Pictured are (from left) Rick Morain, Lori Mannel and Bob Allen of Grow Greene, VFW Post 9599 commander Don Ihnken, and Norm Fandel, Peg Raney, Brenda Muir and Kate Neese of Grow Greene.

VFW post commander Don Ihnken said the funds would be used on the building at 109 N. Chestnut, with roof work being the top priority.

Pictured are (from left) Rick Morain, Bob Allen and Lori Mannel of Grow Greene, Sheila Paul and Sadie Bohr of Youth and Family Services, and Kate Neese, Peg Raney, Brenda Muir and Norm Fandel of Grow Greene.

The donation to Youth and Shelter Services’ Families Developing Self Sufficiency program will be used to provide winter outerwear for children. The FaDSS builds on the strengths of families and helps them move toward growth, job retention and economic stability. Through home visits with caring and trained professionals, families set short term and long-term goals to improve the welfare of all members in the family. Donations such as this from Grow Greene assist families with needs to meet their goal.

Grow Greene’s application for competitive grants is currently open and available on the Grow Greene website at

This will be the third year of competitive grants Grow Greene will award. Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, the local nonprofit corporation that holds the state gaming license in Greene County, distributed more than $1.4 million worth of grants at its second annual awards night last spring. In the two years since the casino opened Grow Greene has awarded more than $2.3 million.

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