grant money 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/10/13) – Junior Achievement of Owensboro celebrated a great victory Thursday as members, supporters, and staff gathered at Legion Park for a “Thank You” cook-out and check presentation.

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant contest received more than 3,000 cause submissions, and from that number, 200 semi-finalists were selected. Junior Achievement of Owensboro was selected as a semi-finalist. The work did not stop there, however. Once selected, Junior Achievement took to Social Media via Facebook to get the votes needed to be selected for a “Top-40” slot, and in the end received the $25,000 grant needed to help fund Junior Achievement’s mission in the Owensboro/Daviess County Area.

With the help of the grant – in addition to JA’s continued support from the community – the program will be able to reach 9,000 local students this school year. Junior Achievement’s total budget will be $165,000 this year, including the State Farm grant. Dan Douglas, President of West Kentucky, took the stage Thursday to thank everyone involved in the voting process that allowed JA of West Kentucky to place 17 out of 40 in the campaign.

“The $25,000 is great, don’t get me wrong,” said Douglas, “But I think the greatest thing that came of all of this is how the community pulled together in support of Junior Achievement to get up this grant.”

“We are currently in a very aggressive expansion to bring JA to areas that have never had this kind of outreach before,” he added.

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky currently covers 16 counties with a total outreach of just under 18,000, with a total budget this year of $350,000 according to Douglas.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

White Lightning Mountain Bike Race Takes Place June 7

KENTUCKY (5/31/15) — Endurance-Plus will sponsor the White Lightning mountain bike race Sunday, June 7, at Land Between… Read More

Center for Health and Wellness Hosting Summer Ready Open House Monday June 15

MURRAY, Ky. (5/31/15) — The Center for Health and Wellness at Murray-Calloway County Hospital is hosting a “Summer… Read More
1 DOW 17,961.03
-79.34 (-0.44%)    
2 S&P 2,107.17
-4.56 (-0.22%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,069.16
-13.77 (-0.27%)    

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7367

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 6811

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6476

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 4219

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 3688

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 27, 2015

by Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11285

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9136

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 31, 2015 1169

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1154

Authorities Discover Meth Lab While Assisting…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1033

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 963

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 657

Human Relations Coordinator Identifies Possible…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 598

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 569

Muhlenberg County High School Holds 2015…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 514

KSP Post 2 Activity Report - May 2015

by Trooper S. C. Recke
June 01, 2015 511

UPDATE - Pursuit Ends in Two Vehicle Injury…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 489

Madisonville Fire Department Report - May 31, 2015

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News