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By KEVIN KOELLING
TELL CITY – Thursday will be Perry County Philanthropy Day, according to a proclamation the county commissioners signed at a regular meeting Nov. 5.
Introduced by Rebecca Fenn, United Way of Perry County executive director, Perry County Power of Youth Council members Nick Coultas, Andrew Mosby and Levi Hilgenhold attended the meeting to present the proclamation. Coultas served as the group’s spokesman.
Philanthropy is an American tradition and benefits nonprofit agencies around the world, he said.
“We think this is a way to give back to our community,” he said before thanking the United Way chapter and the Perry County Community Foundation for sponsoring their organization and asking the commissioners to recognize the Philanthropy Day. The proclamation they signed notes that President Ronald Reagan designated Nov. 15, 1986 the first National Philanthropy Day. It also explains that Americans contribute millions of dollars and billions of volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector accounts for nearly 10 percent of the nation’s work force.
The proclamation urges all citizens of the county “to recognize the valuable contributions made by philanthropic organizations and those who have given their time, talent and treasure to improve the quality of life in Perry County.”
Power of Youth “was started as a youth philanthropic organization to teach them how to give back to their community,” Fenn explained, and these fellows are excellent examples of the youth of tomorrow, of our citizens of tomorrow. They are wonderful young men, as are the rest of our group.”
The commissioners’ approval was unanimous.
“Thank you, gentlemen, for coming in,” Commissioner Jody Fortwendel told the boys. “One of these days, maybe you guys can be sitting here.”
“These guys are great leaders,” Fenn said about the Perry Central High School students.