▪ The Academy of Children’s Theatre recently has been awarded two major grants.
The Charlotte Martin Foundation donated $10,000 to support ACT’s special theater program for children with autism, Spectrum on Stage.
In addition, the Columbia Center Rotary gave $2,500 to ACT to pay for the conversion of exterior facility space. Planning is under way to add an outdoor classroom and theater venue, to expand the ACT facility and accommodate growing class enrollment.
ACT served more than 6,000 local students last year, offering area children the only access to professional performance art in the Mid-Columbia region.
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▪ Second Harvest, Food Lifeline and the Yakima County Cattlemen’s Association recently joined forces for the 2015 Beef Counts charity auction at the Toppenish Livestock Exchange.
The auction brought cattle feeders and ranchers together from across the state to bid on a calf donated by the Yakima County Cattlemen’s Association. The auction raised $28,347, which will be used to provide nutritious, wholesome beef to families in need.
▪ Sydney White, a Hanford High School freshman, has been named a Washington State Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP60) student ambassador.
She will represent the state at the 2016 National FUTP60 Summit, scheduled for this summer in Chicago.
FUTP60, sponsored by the NFL and Dairy Council, encourages students to eat nutritious food and exercise 60 minutes per day.
▪ The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink program raised $7,292, which will be donated to cancer prevention efforts in the community.
The money will be shared among area hospital foundations to assist those in need in the battle against breast cancer.
Over the past nine years, the fair has donated more than $142,000 to local programs to help uninsured women. Those dollars have enabled 1,500 people in our community to receive free mammograms and cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance.