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Community Working Together Th e Madison County Community Fund exceeded its goal of raising $100,000 for the good of the county, thanks in part to local Madison County businessman Tom Snyder, who matched donations to the Fund. “We would like to thank Mr. Tom Snyder and the generous donors that made this milestone possible,” said Jeff Fultz, chair of the Madison County Community Fund Board of Advisors. Th e Board of Advisors is pleased to now be able to announce its fi rst grant. Th e Too Good For Drugs Program is a ten-week, evidence-based interactive youth program that promotes healthy decision making and happy, healthy lives. Th is grant funding has been a collaborative eff ort. Th e partners include, the Madison County Board of Education; Berea Police Department; Richmond Police Department; Madison County Sherriff ’s offi ce; Richmond’s Mayor, Jim Barnes; Berea’s Mayor, Steven Connelly; the County Judge Executive, Reagan Taylor and Madison County ASAP program. Th e grant funding will continue to support the sixth grade curriculum, expand curriculum into third grade and place banners in all participating schools. Th e Too Good For Drugs program is positive and very eff ective,” said Ken Clark, a teacher and trainer from the Berea Police Department. “We are grateful to the Madison County Community Fund and its board for their leadership and critical fi nancial support,” Clark said. Th e Madison County Community Fund, a local, permanent, charitable endowment was established by local citizens for the perpetual benefi t of the community to support local civic and charitable causes. “All endowed dollars will remain in Madison County. Yearly grants will be overseen by a volunteer advisory board composed of Madison County residents,” said Pat Ballinger, co-chair of the Madison County Community Fund Board of Advisors. Th e Madison County Endowment fund is dedicated to the idea that one person can make a powerful impact but recognize that we have the greatest impact when the community works together. “Many people care about Madison County but may not know where their gift will do the most good,” said Ralph Hacker, past advisory board member. “Th e Madison County Community Fund provides an easy way for donors to create personal and meaningful legacies. Th ere has never been a better time to invest in our community” Th e Madison County Community Fund is an affi liate fund of Blue Grass Community Foundation. Blue Grass Community Foundation works across Central and Appalachia Kentucky to create more generous, vibrant and engaged communities. It also helps individuals, families, businesses, communities and nonprofi t organizations establish charitable funds and endowments to support causes they care about, meet evolving community needs and make a diff erence. To learn more, visit www.bgcf.org. Richmond Kentucky 29