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YORK, Pa. -- At its annual holiday banquet, Rutter’s announced it provided charitable gifts of more than $475,000 in 2008, pushing its community giving to a new milestone of more than $1.87 million over the past six years.
Almost all of the contributions benefit children’s programs in the communities where the York-based Rutter’s companies operate.
Recent large-donation recipients include:
-- Crispus Attucks Association: $60,000 for its Early Learning Center.
-- York County Heritage Trust: $55,000 for the creation of an interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York.
-- United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County: $45,000 to support its pre-kindergarten children’s learning programs.
-- York County Library System: $40,000 to support its 2009 summer reading program.
-- Children’s Home of York: $36,500 for a kitchen renovation at its George Street Program group home.
-- Junior Achievement of South Central Pa.: $25,000 for development of a "green curriculum" BizTown program in York, which will be the first in the country.
-- United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania: $25,000 for the purchase of equipment for its children’s center in York.
-- York’s Newspapers in Education: $16,945 for providing newspapers to schools.
-- DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre in York: $15,000 to support its children’s theatrical programs.
"These are tough economic times, and the budgets of non-profit organizations certainly are feeling pinched," Scott Hartman, president of Rutter’s Farm Stores, said in a statement. "That’s why at Rutter’s we feel it’s all the more important for all of us to help out, so that these valuable organizations can continue to provide so many beneficial services."
Another c-store retailer recently making donations was E-Z Mart, headquartered in Texarkana, Texas, which awarded area educators with approximately $30,000.
This marks the third year E-Z Mart allocated funding for education grants to school systems located in the communities where the company operates, accumulating to a $61,518 total contribution.
The purpose of the E-Z Mart Education Grants are to assist the educator in acquiring the tools necessary to keep the education process interesting, fun and up to date, the company stated.
Grant applications were made available to teachers of prekindergarten through 12th grade who were interested in obtaining funds for their classrooms, and a total of 217 grant applications were received with 40 grants being awarded to 35 different schools representing 20 different school districts, the company reported.