Local Boys & Girls Clubs receives $5,000 donation

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The Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties received a $5,000 donation through the Bayer Farm for Good Sweepstakes. Pictured are club staff and members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties is one of 10 organizations to receive a $5,000 donation through the Bayer Farm for Good Sweepstakes.

The Boys & Girls Clubs was designated by Brad Petty of Crandall, who was one of 10 entrants chosen to direct a donation to the organization of his choice.

"I first learned of the the Boys & Girls Clubs four or five years ago," Petty said. "They have a really good thing going with the afterschool programs. It's something good for the community and it's great for the kids."

The Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Chattooga, Gordon, Murray & Whitfield Counties serves approximately 2,200 youth in northwest Georgia.

The clubs offer both an afterschool program and a summer school program. During the afterschool program, there is dedicated time for snacks, physical activity and homework.

Since the club was established in 2007, it has seen an increase in the average GPA, from about a 3.2 average to a 3.4 average among students.

Jason Finnell, vice president of advancement for the local Boys & Girls Clubs, said the funds will go towards the organization's annual operations budget, specifically in Murray County.

"At the Boys & Girls Clubs, our product is our kids and the impact we make in their lives," Finnell said. "The annual operations budget is the most critical portion of our yearly fundraising efforts. Funding for our operations budget allows us to meet the needs of our club members, by providing them with quality programming each day. Our clubs focus on education, workforce development, fine arts and physical recreation. It's a tremendous blessing to receive a donation like this. Simply put, this funding will help us better serve the children and teens of our community."

Bayer created the Farm for Good Sweepstakes earlier this year to support the many growers who are active in their communities.

As part of the program, Southern grower entrants were selected to direct a $5,000 donation to an organization of their choice.

"Our agricultural business at Bayer is based on providing the support growers need agronomically, but we celebrate this opportunity to support them personally," said Nevada Smith, a regional campaign manager. "Donating to the organizations that matter to them lifts up the rural communities that mean so much to all of us."

To enter the sweepstakes, entrants had to grow 250-plus acres of row crops in one of the eligible states.

No purchase was necessary, and entries were limited to one per person.

Winners were selected randomly by a third party.

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