DONATION — (L to R) Mark McLean, FCA; Jeff Young, United Way; Scott Ortman, Kokomo Grain; Bailey Franklin, United Way; Bob Varsanik, FCA; Karen and Tom McKinney, and Brianne Boles, Bona Vista

Bona Vista, a United Way of Howard and Tipton Counties partner agency, received $17,259.75 with the help of Tom and Karen McKinney, their farm staff, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Pioneer HiBred, Austin Henderson (dealer), and Kokomo Grain.

When FCA US purchased land for their northern plants, ITP1 and ITP2, a piece of land on the corner of US 931 and 300 N. sat vacant until Tom McKinney began talks with FCA US about using the land to raise funds for a local nonprofit.

After FCA approved use of the land, they donated it to the cause. McKinney and his farming staff planted the seed, donated by Pioneer HiBred, harvested the crops, which was processed by Kokomo Grain, and subsequently used the funds to donate to Bona Vista Programs.

The McKinneys chose this philanthropic project to support Bona Vista Programs because their daughter, Christie, has been in Bona Vista’s services for more than 30 years. The funds raised are a program-related investment in order for the organization to become more effective and resilient in providing services to individuals with special needs in the community.

Bona Vista’s programs have been developed to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health related issues, and Bona Vista Programs is the only agency in the community that offers this array of wraparound services. The population of children and adults requiring these vital programs is growing; therefore, additional funding, such as this donation, and space are needed to ensure their success. These dollars are vital to the continuation of services.

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