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KeyBank and Rose Festival Award Pledge to Be Positive Grants to Regional Special Needs Projects

Turning an award winning idea into action, KeyBank and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation recently awarded four grants to shovel ready projects around Oregon and SW Washington. From 130 pledges submitted, four grants were awarded. In 2009 the International Festival and Events Association recognized Pledge To Be Positive as the “best new promotion” in the world.

KeyBank’s support for Pledge to be Positive grants is new this year. “In our third year of sponsoring our state’s favorite summer event, KeyBank is especially pleased to create a way for residents to “dig in” to shovel-ready projects and help us make some good news,” said KeyBank Oregon District President Brian Rice.

The 2010 grant recipients are: Room to Grow – ARC of Clark County, City of Sweet Home and Sunshine Industries, Fences for Fido and Lisa Ganoung

Room to Grow – ARC of Clark County: The ARC of Clark County will utilize volunteer labor to build specially designed raised garden beds to allow physically disabled members of the community to create gardens. Gardening alongside other members of the community promotes healthy eating, allows for much-needed physical exercise, provides an opportunity to contribute to the community’s food production, and provides an opportunity to make economic contributions through microenterprise.

City of Sweet Home and Sunshine Industries: Sunshine Industries, a local non-profit in the City of Sweet Home, Oregon, provides vocational training for special needs adults. Sunshine Industries’ special clients will build 100 cedar planters, plant flowers in them, and place them around the downtown Sweet Home area in an ongoing city beautification project.

Fences for Fido: Fences for Fido, an all-volunteer organization, will build a fence for Moo, a 1 1/2-year-old puppy in Salem whose owner has Parkinson’s Disease. Moo is her constant companion, and spends much of his time indoors as his owner can only walk as far as the front porch and hook him to a chain. By building a fence around his owner’s yard, it will allow Moo to run and enjoy the outdoors while taking care of his owner.

Lisa Ganoung: Lisa is a disabled woman who is in need of home renovations to make her home more wheelchair friendly. This grant will allow volunteers from Community Vision to retrofit her kitchen with cabinets and a cook top that allow her to prepare meals from her wheelchair, as well as make her living room furniture wheelchair accessible.

KeyBank operates one of the nation’s largest branch networks, with 76 locations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Its long history of contributing time and money to the community includes sponsorship of the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade as well as making annual gifts of approximately $1 million to charitable organizations, economic development initiatives, sponsorships and cultural activities.

The 2010 KeyBank Grand Floral Parade takes place Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. following the Queen’s Coronation presented by Pacific Power and the Northwest’s premier healthy life style event the Regence Grand Floral Walk. Tickets for indoor and outdoor seating at the Memorial Coliseum are on sale now.