Tuesday, February 1, 2005
GRANDVIEW - Ten thousand dollars has been pumped into the Lower Valley, especially the community of Grandview, by the Wal-Mart distribution center.
The funds were distributed as part of the Wal-Mart's Good Works community involvement program, according to the plant's people coach, Steve Martin. The program is based on the philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally.
Martin said the company relies on its employees to know which organizations are most important in their hometowns and funnels the money to those specific groups.
Receiving the most money was Norma Conkin, chapter president of Grandview Dollars for Scholars. The $5,000 awarded to the program will be used for scholarships for college bound students attending Grandview High School.
The Lower Valley Pregnancy Center received $1,000. Jan McDonald, executive director of the center, said the funds will be used to help educate young people in how to have a successful start on developing a family and career.
Majors Robert and Aurora Otero of the Salvation Army were presented with $500 to be used to purchase food for the agency's food bank.
The Lower Valley Red Cross received $500. Red Cross Chairman Ray Dilschnider said the funds will benefit the needs of the community during emergencies.
Linda and Todd Dezellem, Grandview High School Future Farmers of America advisors, received $500, which will be used to help students pay for FFA State Convention costs.
Jennifer Novak of Arthur H. Smith School in Grandview received $500 to purchase reading material for a reading program at the school.
Amy Neal, executive director of Camp Fire USA, received $500, which will be used to help local children attend summer camp programs.
Girl Scouts also received $500. Cathy Young, Girl Scouts Troop leader, said the money will be used for a beautification project at the fairgrounds.
Frank Villanueva, Boy Scouts district executive, received $500, which will be used to help local children attend the program's 3-day camp.
The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department was the final group to receive money from Wal-Mart. The senior citizen program received $500 to purchase new card tables for the senior center.