Doug Mertens, on behalf of the Monsanto Fund, presented a special award from America’s Farmers Grow Communities to the Sedalia Symphony Society Monday night before the symphony concert in the form of a ceremonial check.
Helen Coffelt, was selected as the winner in Pettis County for America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Under this program, eligible farmers in 1,289 counties across 39 states, including Missouri, could enter to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit of their choice. Helen won and chose to direct this $2,500 donation to the Sedalia Symphony Society. She has been playing with the symphony for 55 years so the symphony is dear to her heart.
Helen had signed up for this program last summer at a meeting, was called in December to tell her she had won but waited for it to be announced as a surprise to the community.
The purpose of Grow Communities is to recognize and celebrate the important contributions farmers make to rural America, and to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them. More than 82,000 farmers across the country participated in the program this year, with a winning farmer selected in each eligible county. The Monsanto Fund is proud to be a sponsor.
The donation will be used by the Sedalia Symphony Society for its upcoming 80th season. Mr. Mertens remarked that the Symphony Society is doing a great job in the community, and Monsanto was pleased to help support those efforts. Photo courtesy Kevin Walker.