Prairie Meadows Gives $1.98 Million

Prairie Meadows will recognize 194 community betterment projects from the 2007 fiscal year budget at a noon hour luncheon to be held Jan. 31 at the events and conference center in Altoona.

This year's recipients received more than $1.98 million to foster programs in education, human services, economic development, and the arts.

Since 1995, Prairie Meadows has given more than $362 million to promote education, economic development, agriculture, jobs, and tourism.

The luncheon will mark the eleventh consecutive year in which Prairie Meadows has been able to support non-profit community projects.

"Prairie Meadows, itself, is structured as a non-profit," says Prairie Meadows President/CEO Gary Palmer, "which means that every dollar our organization earns over and above operating and capital expenses goes back into the community. We feel fortunate that Prairie Meadows has been able to help the people of our community for these many years."

The deadline for this year's Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant funding applications is August 15, 2008.

For further information, contact Gina Rooney, community relations administrator, at 515-967-8630 or

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