The Empire District Electric Company has donated of approximately six acres of land to the John J. Lee Memorial Fund through the Ozarks Charitable Real Estate Foundation, an arm of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The John J. Lee Memorial Fund is a component fund of the Aurora Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the CFO.
The donated land is located on South Hudson near a well owned by Empire. The Ozarks Charitable Real Estate Foundation has the discretion to do what they think is best with the land in order to further the mission of the John J. Lee Memorial Fund of improving the community of Aurora. The fund was established as an endowed community grantmaking fund in honor of the late banker and community advocate.
Representatives from Empire, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Aurora Community Foundation celebrated the donation last Thursday at Alpine Wood Products in Marionville.