McCook farmer wins $5,000 for McCook Pantry, College Foundation

Monday, March 11, 2013
Fran Allacher, from left, and Bob Hardy, representing the McCook Food Pantry, accept a $2,500 check from Woody Morford, a representative of Monsanto and John Palic and his daughter, Ashley Palic. The presentation was made in the lobby at the MCC Event Center. (Lorri Sughroue/McCook Daily Gazette)

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Thanks to Monsanto and the John Palic family, two gifts of $2,500 each were presented to McCook entities.

John and Melinda Palic were selected as winners in the America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and they chose the McCook Pantry and the McCook College Foundation as recipients.

In eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite non-profit organization. This year, the Monsanto Fund invested more than 5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which included a double donation for counties declared a disaster area by the USDA. Red Willow County was designated a disaster area due to the drought.

McCook College Foundation representatives accepting a $2,500 donation are, from left, Michele Gill,interim Vice President of McCook Community College, Janet Werkmeister, Executive Director of the McCook College Foundation, Paul Wood, President of McCook College Foundation, Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College, Woody Morford, Monsanto, John Palic, Ashley Palic,Carol Bodeen, Area Director of Development for Mid-Plains Community College. (Lorri Sughroue/McCook Daily Gazette)

The gift to the McCook College Foundation was a natural for John Palic, a board member of the McCook College Foundation and former MCC student. He and Paul Wood, president of the foundation, played in the MCC band while students, with Palic on the trombone and Wood on the tuba.

"It's been in the back of mind to donate for some time now," Palic said of his choice of the foundation.

"We are very grateful and deeply appreciative of this gift," said Wood, president of the McCook College Foundation. "We appreciate the dedication that the Palic family has to McCook Community College and the students it serves."

The McCook College Foundation promotes and enhances the educational opportunities offered by McCook Community College.

Fran Allacher, secretary of the McCook Pantry, was also appreciative of the donation.

"We are very grateful for any donation, as is the all the people who use the Pantry," she said. The Pantry operates solely on volunteers and donations of cash and food.

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