Press release from Rising Sun Regional Foundation
(Rising Sun, Ind.) - The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $224,431 in 11 new grants at its June 26, 2013 meeting. These grants included:
$10,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase and installation of an electronic city entry and message sign at the site of the new Ohio County Community Foundation headquarters building on SR 56;
$49,052 to the Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of iPads for its teaching staff, administrators, and board members;
$10,000 to the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities to assist in beginning the relining of several sections of its high-priority problem areas in its sewer system as part of a multi-year sanitary wastewater improvement plan;
$5,000 to the Ohio County Convention, Tourism, & Visitors toward expenses for its 2013 “A Roar of Thunder Regatta” to be held in Rising Sun in August 2013;
$2,500 to the Ohio County Public Library toward the replacement of its microfilm reader and to increase its digital book services for K-2nd grade level students;
$40,000 challenge grant to the Southeastern Career Center toward the purchase of an engine performance test cell and emissions cart for its regional advanced diesel engine training program;
$29,919 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward mobile device labs for its high school and middle school;
$40,000 to the Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad toward the refurbishment of an ambulance that will serve the Ripley County area;
$9,990 to the Sunman-Dearborn Youth Athletic Association toward the purchase of much needed new safety helmets and shoulder pads for Sunman football players ages 6-12;
$23,000 to the City of Aurora toward matching funds for the Indiana State sponsored Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program; and
$4,970 to the Versailles Lions Club for a safe and expanded electrical service for its newly acquired building, its annual Pumpkin Show, and other community events.
In announcing the awarding of these new grants, foundation President Marianne Wiggers stated, “RSRF has again attempted to address through its quarterly grants program high priority and timely needs that impact the largest number of residents within its grantmaking region that encompasses Ohio County, Ripley County, and the City of Aurora. The Foundation has accomplished this goal while facing a smaller grants budget for 2013 due to a lesser income stream from the Rising Star Casino, which is faced with both increased regional gaming competition and a continued difficult economy.”
The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun in conjunction with the development of the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort by the Hyatt Corporation. The foundation began its grantmaking program in early 1997, which it has continued to implement. It is now funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, owned by Full House Resorts, Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its Adjusted Gross Revenue.