“Hats off to the community and entire county for stepping up and giving so much again this year,” stated Grant County Combined Appeal campaign organizer Kerry Fish. The 2017 Combined Appeal drive reached its goal.
That goal was set at $185,000 – $15,000 higher than last year. Craig Wellnitz, Milbank Community Foundation Director, reported a total of just over $188,000 has been received. “Donations may still come in before the end of the year, so we will not know the grand total until that time.”
Fish and Wellnitz also reported that the Pacesetter groups raised a higher amount of the total than in the past, and there were more individual givers this year. “So more and more people are participating in this campaign, which we so appreciate,” Fish added. “There were some new fundraisers this year. We don’t solicit those things, people just step up and do it themselves. We are so blessed.”
The 17 organizations that applied for funds from Combined Appeal will now receive 100% of the amount requested. “This is just a great community,” said Wellnitz.
The organizations set to benefit from the 2017 campaign include: Grant County Child Protection Team, Grant County Heart/Diabetes Fund, Milbank Out of School Time Program (OST), Milbank Ball Diamond Association, The Salvation Army, Milbank Community Transit, NEGL Red Cross, Unity Square Recreation Programs, Inter-Lakes Community Action (ICAP), Milbank Boy Scout Troop 45, Grant County ARC, Imagination Library, Unity Square Financial Scholarship Program, Milbank Area Community Tennis Association (MACTA), Milbank Area Lions Swim Team (MALST), Milbank Area Youth Assistance Project (MAYA), and ICAP 60’s Plus Dining Program.
Photo: Craig Wellnitz, Milbank Community Foundation Director, and Kerry Fish, Grant County Combined Appeal Campaign Organizer.