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DeMotte women make a difference in the community

Charlotte Fagen, left, and Becky Schultz, right, members of the DeMotte Women's Circle of Giving, award the Kankakee Valley Middle School cheerleaders a grant to help pay for new uniforms for the football and basketball seasons.

DE MOTTE | The DeMotte Women’s Circle of Giving has awarded seven grants this year, amounting to almost $4,500.

The grants assisted a full range of community organizations and school groups, and ranged from $200 to $1,900.

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This year’s recipients include the Keener Township EMS unit to purchase equipment for their continued on-site education; the DeMotte Historical Society for property renovations; the Valley Community Players for audio equipment for its summer theater productions; the DeMotte Chamber of Commerce to assist with Touch of Dutch entertainment costs; the DeMotte River Valley Soccer League for maintenance of equipment and to help defray participation costs for special needs athletes; DeMotte Elementary School's art teacher to fund a special tie-dye project; and the Kankakee Valley Middle School cheerleaders to help pay for new uniforms.

Founded in 2003, the DeMotte Women’s Circle of Giving has awarded nearly $41,000 in grants in accordance with its mission statement. Its mission statement is "to improve DeMotte and make it a better place in which to live, learn and work through personal philanthropy, thus celebrating the power of women."

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