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Pritchett Trust Announces Grant Recipients


Pritchett Trust Announces Grant Recipients

PITTSBURG, Kan., Sept. 10, 2013 - BMO Trust and Custody Services, a part of BMO Global Asset Management, announced today the selection of the Pritchett Trust’s 2012 grant recipients. More than $415,000 in grants will be distributed to organizations in Southeast Kansas, the majority of which operate in Crawford County. 

"The mission of Pritchett Trust is to improve the quality of life in Crawford County and Southeast Kansas by supporting initiatives that serve these populations," said Kim Nolan, Pittsburg Bank Manager, BMO Harris Bank. "The grants created by the Pritchett Trust continue to benefit Pittsburg and greater Crawford County by providing critical funding to many worthwhile local organizations.”

The Trust was founded in 1994 after the deaths of long-time Pittsburg residents, William B. Pritchett – veteran of World War I – and Athlyn C. Pritchett. Soon after their marriage in 1920, they opened the Pritchett Insurance Agency in Pittsburg. During the 1930s and 1940s, they invested in oil and gas leases in Kansas and Oklahoma which proved to be quite successful.

“As a strong advocate of supporting our community, we hope the BMO Harris Bank Advisory Board and BMO Trust and Custody Services can continue to play a role in the grant distribution process," added Todd Perala, Director of Relationship Management, BMO Trust and Custody Services. “All of us at BMO are privileged to work with clients such as the Pritchett Trust.”

The grant selection process includes participation by BMO's Pittsburg Advisory Board of Directors: Jack Overman, Rick Baden, Tim Collar, Dennis Crain, Ron Marrone, Frances Mitchelson, Ray Ryan, Dr. Ron Seglie and Vince VanBecelaere.

Since the first grants were presented in 1995, and including the current awards for 2012, the Trust has awarded a total of more than $6.9 million to organizations in Southeast Kansas and Crawford County.

Open to the public, the ceremony and check presentation will be held at the BMO Harris Pittsburg branch located at 417 N. Broadway on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

The following organizations will benefit from the Pritchett Trust grants:

•    American Legion Post #43
•    American Red Cross
•    Arma City Library
•    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Crawford County
•    Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council
•    Broadway Tower Corporation
•    Caring for Kids
•    Catholic Charities
•    Cato Historical Preservation Association
•    Chicopee Foundation
•    Children’s Advocacy Center
•    City of Frontenac, KS
•    City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department
•    CLASS Ltd
•    Colonial Fox Theatre Corporation
•    Elm Acres Youth & Family Services
•    Frontenac Junior High
•    George Nettels Elementary School
•    Historical Society of Crawford County
•    McCune Osage Township Library
•    Meadowlark Elementary
•    Mother to Mother Ministry
•    Pittsburg Adult Education Center
•    Pittsburg Community Child Care Learning Center
•    Pittsburg Community Theatre
•    Pittsburg Family YMCA
•    Pittsburg High School
•    Pittsburg Public Library
•    Pittsburg State University
•    Pittsburg State University Enactus
•    Pittsburg USD 250 Youth Chorale
•    R.V. Haderlein Elementary,
•    Salvation Army
•    SEK Interlocal #637
•    Southeast Kansas Independent Living
•    Special Olympics New Hope
•    St. Mary’s Elementary School
•    Sunflower Kiwanis of Pittsburg
•    Vie Medical Clinic
•    Wesley House
•    Westside Elementary School
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