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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The MFA Oil Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the Dallas County Fair to complete construction of restroom and shower facilities and to install improved lighting on the grounds, according to a report on BuffaloReflex.com.
MFA Oil employees Larry Mankey and Darryl Mabary presented the check to John Crawford, Dallas County Fair Board chairman, last Tuesday on the fair grounds, and Crawford stressed, "without donations like this, it’s hard to do bathrooms and improvements like that."
The MFA Oil Foundation, established in 1998, provides support to nonprofit organization that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.
MFA Oil Co. is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members, supplying fuels, lubricants, propane and tires to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa. Through a subsidiary, MFA Oil also operates Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas, and Jiffy Lube and Big O Tire franchises in central Missouri.
MFA Oil Foundation is "a program that allows our company to give support back to the small towns and rural communities that are the foundation of our business," Jerry Taylor, President of MFA Oil said in the report.
Taylor said focus for selecting grant recipients is on three areas: programs designed to build knowledge and leadership skills in rural youth; agricultural and cooperative education programs; and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life, the report stated.
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