Philanthropy at work: Local farmer supports Linn County through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM
Drought stricken farmers and rural communities receive double funding
MARION, Iowa (March 25, 2013) – The Lynn Dunn Memorial Fund and Central City Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Maryann Beckner, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Linn County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Beckner the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Beckner selected the Lynn Dunn Memorial Fund and Central City Fire Department. The Lynn Dunn Memorial Fund will use the donation to construct a year round facility on the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City. The building will welcome educational workshops for 4-H and FFA members of Linn County, as well community events year round.
The fire department plans to use the donation to purchase and update equipment as it sees necessary to better serve its mission.
“I’m so glad to have been given this opportunity,” said Beckner. “Central City is very dear to me, as I have family that lives there.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.
In Iowa $495,000 is being given across 99 counties.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to strengthen rural America.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund atwww.monsantofund.org.
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