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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2008


Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities Awards Grants


Thirty-three Jo Daviess County not-for-profit organizations received a total of $52,126.00 in
grants at the fifth annual JDCCFC grant presentation held on Thursday evening, June 19, 2008,
at The Irish Cottage in Galena.

Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities, Inc. (JDCCFC) is a not-for-profit organization whose
main goal is to provide financial assistance to those in need in Jo Daviess County.  The completely volunteer organization serves as a fundraising body to facilitate and assist charitable causes throughout Jo Daviess County.

The money used to fund this year’s grants was made available from the proceeds of the 2007
Galena Country Fair.  In addition to the grant monies distributed, donations in the amount of $14,040.00 were also given to parishes and organizations who supplied workers for the 2007 fair. 
The organization also donated $300.00 to the Galena Police Department, $300.00 to the Galena Area EMT's for their assistance at the fair, and $300.00 to the generous donor of the on-site banking facility. The City of Galena received $11,322.79, which was half of the gate receipts from the fair. 
This results in a grand total of $78,388.79 in donations and grants returned to the citizens of
Jo Daviess County this year.  In the five years of the organization’s existence, JDCCFC has
awarded $312,796.84 in grants and donations.

This year’s fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th, in Galena’s Grant Park.  The fair features more than 150 artists and artisans offering original and handcrafted work. 
In addition, the fair includes a Farmer’s Market, a Children’s Corner featuring games and prizes, numerous raffle prizes, a wide variety of food and beverages, and live musical entertainment both days.

2008 Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities Grant Recipients

JDWI, Galena, Illinois
$3,965.00 – laundry training program

Rainbow Ridge, Galena, Illinois
$2,576.00 – staff training/community education

Blackhawk Area Council Boy Scouts, Rockford, Illinois
$600.00 – CPR manikins

Hanover Fire Department, Hanover, Illinois
$1,000.00 – update foam equipment

Riverview Center, Galena, Illinois
$3,000.00 – prevention education

Galena Bands, Galena, Illinois
$1,000.00 – project bassoon

FHN Family Counseling, Freeport, Illinois
$1,000.00 – Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Jo Daviess County

Stockton Police Department, Stockton, Illinois
$1,500.00 – Youth Club

East Dubuque Fire Department, East Dubuque, Illinois
$1,000.00 – emergency lighting/command vehicle

Elizabeth Township Library, Elizabeth, Illinois
$1,500.00 – seniors outreach program

Warren Fire Department, Warren, Illinois
$1,150.00 – M40 confined space kit

Knights of Columbus, East Dubuque, Illinois
$2,000.00 – needy assistance program

Hanover Ambulance, Hanover, Illinois
$1,000.00 – coded electronic locks

Safe Haven, Elizabeth, Illinois
$590.00 – pets for seniors

Stockton Fire Department, Stockton, Illinois
$2,000.00 – pre-plan for saving lives

CHOICES for Family Peace & Justice, Galena, Illinois
$1,590.00 – emergency food & shelter program

Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, Galena, Illinois
$1,200.00 – printers for squad vehicles

Galena Area EMS, Galena, Illinois
$1,500.00 – training program

St. Mary’s Church, Elizabeth, Illinois
$2,000.00 – emergency assistance program

Tyler’s Justice Center, Stockton, Illinois
$2,000.00 – program coordination

Galena Police Department, Galena, Illinois
$1,000.00 – light bar

Hospice of NW Illinois, Stockton, Illinois
$2,100.00 – community education

Family T.I.E.S., East Dubuque, Illinois
$750.00 – birth to 3 program

St. Mary’s Church, East Dubuque, Illinois
$2,000 – assistance for needy families

Warren Police Department, Warren, Illinois
$1,000.00 – Operation Education

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Galena, Illinois
$500.00 – Little Explorers

Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department, Menominee, Illinois
$975.00 – extrication glove replacement project

Galena Elks Lodge, Galena, Illinois
$2,500.00 – Christmas Basket program

East Dubuque Police Department, East Dubuque, Illinois
$1,190.00 – squad car radio Replacement

Stockton Ambulance Association, Stockton, Illinois
$1,940.00 – pager replacement

Scales Mound School FFA, Scales Mound, Illinois
$1,000.00 – Project Green

Galena Fire Department, Galena, Illinois
$2,000.00 – thermal imaging camera

United Churches of Galena Food Pantry, Galena, Illinois
$3,000.00 – funding for food purchases

2007 Grant Award Total: $52,126.00

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