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Ellis County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Nicholas P. Sims Library

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Through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM Program


WAXAHACHIE, Tex. (March 17, 2011) – Edwin & Ruth Spaniel of Waxahachie have been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which gave farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. The Spaniels has designated Nicholas P. Sims Library, located in Waxahachie, to receive the donation.  

Edwin Spaniel says that he and Ruth are very excited to have been selected as the winner for Ellis County. “We gave the donation to the library because we have seven kids and as a family we have been visiting the library for many years. We knew that they could use the money.”

Sims Development Librarian Nelda Curlin said, “We are extremely grateful to Edwin and Ruth Spaniel and to the Monsanto Fund for making Nicholas P. Sims Library the Ellis County recipient of their America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant. Their thoughtful generosity is especially appreciated during the current economic climate that has imposed a budget reduction for library materials.”  

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held at the library on March 15. The Monsanto Fund grant is one of three grants that will benefit Sims Library this month. “The grant will enable us to increase the large print and audio book collections for our senior and handicapped patrons who visit the library.  With partnering funds from the Friends of Sims Library and Waxahachie Foundation, the Monsanto Fund grant will also get us a step closer to our goal of offering delivery of library materials to the homebound,” said Curlin.

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. In total, more than $172,500 has been donated to nonprofits in Texas.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a complete list of winners.

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