“Feed the Need” chosen as Promise Competition winner

March 3, 2014

Feed the Need chosen as Promise Competition winner but anonymous donor gives $5,000 to the other two finalists!
A community garden that will help train, socialize and mainstream children and adults with autism won the top prize in the Promise Competition during the wrap up Saturday of the 2014 Speak Out for Kids campaign.
The working garden, proposed by the St. Gerard House and its Grotto School for the treatment and support of children with autism and their families, won a $10,000 grant that the school plans to use to buy supplies and other materials to plant the garden this spring.
The campaign was designed to draw attention to gaps in Henderson County in a set of “5 Promises” that research shows will help young people become successful adults – Be a Caring Adult, Provide Safe Places, Provide A Healthy Start, Deliver an Effective Education, and Provide Opportunities to Serve.
The effort involved recorded programs that identify gaps and successful strategies, “listening sessions” during which people listened to and responded to the sessions and Saturday’s wrap-up.
After the presentation of five proposals for the Promise grant, judges selected three finalists. Then the people who attended the Saturday morning event voted by text for the winner.
In a surprise, the runner-ups also won money.
An anonymous donor approached Children and Family Resource Center Director Elisha Freeman during the event and offered a $5,000 grant each to the second and third place finishers.