The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties’ “Prize Patrol” is surprising five local nonprofit organizations with big money today.
Each of the nonprofits will be awarded a $10,000 check, for a total of $50,000 being given.
Local residents cast nearly 14,000 votes to select the five recipients as part of the Community Foundation’s “Community Choice Awards.” The votes were cast to select the winners of five different categories: animals, arts and culture, health and wellness, human services, and youth.
This morning, Spring Farm Cares in Clinton was the first to accept a $10,000 check.
Staffworks was the big donor that made the prizes possible.
“All of our animal organizations are not funded by state or federal moneys, no tax dollars, so they are fully dependent on us, those of us that care and donate,” said Anita Vitullo, president of Staffworks. “So whatever you can give, whenever you can give it, is always needed.”
Four other nonprofit organizations will also receive their $10,000 checks throughout the day.