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Foundations benefit from Farmers Grow Communities

Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Posing with a $2,500 check to the Library Friends Foundation are (from left): Darrell Kampwerth; Janis Ruffino, vice president; Genevieve Hochwarter, president; Steve Bingham, Monsanto; Pamela Kampwerth; and Patrick McDonald, library director.
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Posing with a $2,500 donation to the 4-H Youth Foundation are (from left): Darrell Kampwerth, Monsanto representative Steve Bingham, Paula Weidner, and Pamela Kampwerth.

HUNTLEY – The Huntley Area Public Library Friends Foundation and the McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Pamela Kampwerth, 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

McHenry County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Kampwerth the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Kampwerth selected the Huntley Area Public Library Friends Foundation and the McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation. The Huntley Area Public Library Friends Foundation will use the funds for summer and winter reading programs at the library. The McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation will use the money to offer outstanding 4-H opportunities to encourage 4-H’ers to be helpful, engaged in their communities and leaders in building a better world.

“I directed the donation to the Friends Foundation because I worked at the library for 10 years and the Friends Foundation helps raise money to support it,” Kampwerth said. “I directed the additional donation to the 4-H Youth Foundation because both my kids were in 4-H and it is valuable for teaching kids  responsibility and leadership.”

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 Illinois, $480,000 is being given across 96 counties.

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