Giving back to the community
Endowment fund gives $15K+
The Rugby Community Endowment Fund received applications for and distributed donations to nonprofit organizations.
The amounts donated total $15,451.45.
The Good Samaritan Hospital Association was the largest recipient of funds at $3,820. That funding will go toward restorative aid and exercise and therapy equipment at the Heart of America Medical Center.
Village Arts was the second-largest recipient at $2,820, which will go toward the community choir and orchestra concert program.
Tri-County Senior Meals and the Rugby Lions Club each received $2,000. For the former, that will go toward nutrition services for persons age 60 and older. For the latter, the money will go toward Music in the Park.
The Growing Place Daycare Center received $1,320, which will go toward cleaning and updating the facility.
The Geographical Center Historical Society and the Pierce County Food Pantry each received $1,000. For the former, the money will go toward building renovation. For the latter, the money will go toward the organization’s food program and Christmas baskets.
Other recipients of funds included the Pierce County office of the Lake Region District Health Unit ($991.45) and Rugby’s branch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ($500).
The Rugby Community Endowment Fund was formed in 1981, and is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation-a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity.
Current members of the RCEF Committee are Galen Mack, Dale Niewoehner, Robert Wilmot, Theone Stevenson and Kyle Nelsen.
Memorial Ride gives $16K+
Organizers of the Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride recently held their check presentation night.
A total of $16,200 was distributed to various organizations. Donations ranged from $200 to $2,000.
The Prairie Village Museum and the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23 each received $2,000.
Recipients of $1,000 donations included the Pierce County Fair, the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and scholarships for Rugby and Towner-Granville-Upham high school students.
The Good Samaritan Hospital Association’s Hospice program received a $750 donation.
Recipients of $500 donations were the Lyric Theater (gift certificates for Project Joy children), the Heart of America Public Library, N.D. Veterans Home, N.D. Veterans Cemetery, Rugby Lions Club Assistance Dogs for PTSD, Farm Rescue, Pierce County Food Pantry, Rugby Park District’s gazebo and bench fund, and scholarships for Drake High School students.
The Rugby Community Endowment Fund received $400.
The Heart of America Medical Center’s cancer care center received $300 for gas cards.
Recipients of $250 were the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association and Pierce County 4-H Shooting Sports.
Recipients of $200 were Pierce and Towner County senior meals programs, the Heart of America Concert Series and Pierce County 4-H Hippology.
In the last six years, ride organizers have donated over $66,000 to community, area and state organizations.
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