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The Rotary Club of Greenfield and Rotary Club of Greenfield Sunrise handed out grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations in Hancock County. The clubs raised $26,000 from the Steak'n Bake'n Raffle fundraiser in October. (Jim Mayfield / Daily Reporter)
The Rotary Club of Greenfield and Rotary Club of Greenfield Sunrise handed out grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations in Hancock County. The clubs raised $26,000 from the Steak'n Bake'n Raffle fundraiser in October. (Jim Mayfield / Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — For the second consecutive year, Greenfield’s two Rotary clubs handed out thousands of dollars to support charitable and philanthropic organizations in Hancock County.

The Rotary Club of Greenfield and Rotary Club of Greenfield Sunrise netted $26,000 from their October Steak’n Bake’n Raffle fundraiser, and Wednesday, 15 local nonprofits reaped the benefits.

This year’s distribution surpassed the clubs’ initial effort in 2013 by $8,000 and added an additional organization to its list of recipients.

This year’s distribution surpassed the clubs’ initial effort in 2013 by $8,000 and added an additional organization to its list of recipients.

“We’re very proud to have walked our talk,” said event co-chair Dave Anders about the clubs’ pledge to keep all money raised from the benefit in Hancock County.

“This event is meant to keep the money in Hancock County and serve the philanthropic organizations of Hancock County,” Anders said. “The fact that we grew our program also makes us very happy.”

This year, 38 nonprofits submitted grant applications that were reviewed by a 12-person committee made up of members of each Greenfield Rotary Club.

“Because we were equal participants this year, each club had a voice in the selection,” said Deby Low of Rotary Club of Greenfield Sunrise.

The applications were ranked, evaluated on need and then awarded grants between $1,000 and $4,000, said Mike Low, fundraiser co-chair.

This year’s recipients spanned the service spectrum for county nonprofits, ranging from food banks to special needs and on to hospice care.

For Edelweiss Equine-Assisted Therapy Center, this year’s grant will buy some new shoes.

Keeping the Edelweiss horses on their feet costs a fair amount of money, said Edelweiss executive director Shirley Mascoe.

“We spend about $7,500 a year on farrier fees,” Mascoe said. “This will be a big help.”

This year’s Hancock County 4-H fairgoers will benefit from the grant presented to Hancock County 4-H Junior Leaders. The grant will be applied toward the purchase of additional food service equipment for the upcoming fair.

The group plans to open a second food stand at the Multi-Purpose Arena, and purchasing equipment will cut down on rental costs and overhead expenses.

“We hope to be able to give more back to the community with the proceeds,” said Sarah Burke, county extension director.

Steak’n Bake’n Raffle organizers say they have been very pleased with the community support the event has received in its first two years and have set the third annual benefit for Oct. 19.

The evening includes a reverse raffle, steak dinner, 50/50 drawings throughout the evening, with craft beers, wine, homemade desserts and music.

 

The following local nonprofit organizations were awarded grants from the two Greenfield Rotary Clubs:

 

 Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen

 Meals on Wheels of Hancock County

 Hancock County Food Pantry

 Nameless Creek Youth Camp

 Camp Riley

 Families United for Support and Encouragement

 Rotary Club of Greenfield Scholarships

 Rex Pasco Hospice

 Special Olympics Hancock County

 Edelweiss Equine-Assisted Therapy Center

 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

 Hancock County 4-H Junior Leaders

 Arc of Hancock County

 Hancock County 911 for Kids

 Love INC of Greater Hancock County

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