The Greene County Community Fund raised almost $150,000 in donations during its last fund drive, and it said “Thank you” on behalf of its 13 member organizations to those donors who made a difference.
At a Thursday luncheon at the Paragould Community Center, Fund board president DaRae Roberts presented the 2020 Philanthropist of the Year award to Utility Trailer. Roberts noted Utility’s 650 employees had donated $26,256 to the fund while the company itself donated another $19,229, for a total of $45,485.
The donation is nearly a third of the $149,463.08 raised all together for the fund. Utility’s employee donations also qualified them for the Fund’s Platinum Membership award, presented to organizations that donate between $25,000 and $50,000.
The donation of the employees of Tenneco Automotive, as well as the corporate donation of Utility, qualified both for the Gold Membership award. The award goes to those groups who donate between $15,000 and $25,000 to the Community Fund.
Other awards, as indicated, went to the following groups for their donations:
Silver Leadership award ($10,000 to $15,000) went to American Railcar Industries, Greene County Tech School District employees, and First National Bank corporation and employees.
Bronze Leadership award ($5,000 to $10,000) went to Hays Food Town corporation and employees, First National Bank employees, Paragould School District employees, Paragould Light, Water and Cable employees, and First National Bank employees.
The Advocates of Community Service award ($2,500 to $5,000) went to the employees of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC), the employees of Hays Food Town East, those of Hays Food Town West, the employees of KNL Peerless, and Martin Sprocket and Gear for its corporate donation.
The Community Leader award, for donations between $2,500 and $5,000 went to:
AMMC Doctors Medical Library
Craighead Co-op Cares
General Cable/Prestolite employees
General Cable/Prestolite Corporation
Marmaduke School District employees
Simmons Bank employees
Glen Sain Motors
Hays Food Town Corporation
Heath Funeral Home
James and Susan Brittingham
Loyd and Beck McCracken
Robert B. “Bob” Branch, Sr.
Numerous other individuals, groups and companies also received recognition for monetary and in-kind donations, as well as volunteer service. “Words cannot express our thanks,” said Roberts at the conclusion of the luncheon. “You have really helped us,” added Fund executive director Lauria Baker.
The Greene County Community Fund provides funds to the following not-for-profit organizations:
The Court-Appointed Special Advocates
The Greene County Rescue Squad
Greene County 4-H
The Greene County Fine Arts Council
The Child Abuse Task Force
The Greene County Historical And Genealogical Society
The Henry Wrinkles Foundation
The Senior BEES
Pilots for Christ
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greene County