November 26, 2014 Edition

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Entergy awards three
local $1,000 grants

Three local organizations have received $1,000 Entergy Micro Grants to help fund their respective projects. The grants were awarded Thursday to The Children's Shelter, The Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation and Downtown Walnut Ridge.

David Burnett, Northeast Arkansas customer service manager, said that Entergy's contributions budget was allotted more funds this year. "I wanted to take advantage of this to support these worthwhile organizations through my region," Burnett said.

The grants, which can be up to $1,000, are made available to those working in arts and culture, community improvement-enrichment, economic development, education and literacy, environment and healthy families.

The Children's Shelter will put this grant toward additional clothing storage and organizing equipment. Having better-organized clothing storage would allow the shelter to have immediate access to items needed by the children and provide the ability to store more clothing to accommodate future needs.

"The Children's Shelter has always been a soft spot for me because they take care of these children who really need them," Burnett said.

Funds awarded to the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation will help them to host a dinner and program providing community education about heart disease for women in Lawrence County. It will educate about risk factors, diet and preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risks of heart disease, the number one killer of women.

"The Health Foundation does great work in informing about preventative measures and the work they're doing to inform women about heart disease is a great cause," he said.

Downtown Walnut Ridge will use the grant to offset the cost of a display system purchased for the Argenta collection of Beatles photographs donated to the organization earlier in the year.

"I've seen some great progress in growth and economic development in Walnut Ridge, and Downtown Walnut Ridge is part of that. Economic development is important and is something Entergy really supports," Burnett said.

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