ELDORADO — On Tuesday, June 28, the National Trail/Eldorado Boosters Club was awarded a grant of $1,300 by Darke Rural Electric of Greenville.
Susan Laux, chairperson of Darke Rural Electric, was on hand to present the grant to NT Eldorado Club president Bradley Ott, with his son Grady and daughter Miranda by his side to witness the event.
The grant will be used to help maintain and make improvements on the Eldorado Ballpark.
Laux explained the purpose of the grant and how it works.
“We at Darke Rural Electric take part in an annual trust that is awarded twice per year, for people and organizations that are involved in community projects. This is all part of Operation Round-up. Each month, members of Darke Rural Electric will voluntarily round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar and the remaining cents are deposited into the trust. A separate board of trustees then review and award such charities with the trust fund.”
“We plan to use the grant money to replace the bleachers at the ballpark,” said Ott. “This will go a long ways for us. The process didn’t take long, probably since April when I applied. This is part of a grand plan from the NT Eldorado Boosters, we live off of grants and donations to keep operating. There are about 1o0 kids who play on eight different teams from the surrounding New Paris and Monroe Township area. In the past, we used grants for ballpark improvements from organizations such as Monsanto from three years ago, and DuPont Pioneering from two years ago. We added all the fencing and the backstop.”
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