Archive for Tuesday, November 19, 2013

$32,000 awarded to Tonganoxie area volunteers, organizations through Leighty Trust Fund

November 19, 2013

Local volunteers and organizations received just more than $32,000 last week through the Pete and Margaret Leighty Grant Fund.

Julius “Pete” and Margaret Sanders Leighty created a charitable trust before their deaths in order to provide funds to benefit organizations and people in Tonganoxie and the surrounding area.

Representatives from each recipient of this year’s grant winners met at First State Bank and Trust on U.S. Highway 24-40 on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for a reception. The bank administers the trust, which is in its fourth year of awarding grants.

The Leighty Endowment Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of community members, reviewed the applications and made selections based on the interests of Pete and Margaret Leighty, which included youth, education, history, pioneerism, agriculture, women’s issues, technology and family and consumer science. Consideration was also given to long-term benefits of each proposed project, the number of individuals positively affected, budget, other resources available and the ability of those involved to complete the project.

For more about this year’s recipients, see next week’s print edition of The Mirror.

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