Hickory County using grassroots effort to raise money for the Cooper Campaign

Hickory County is gearing up for big fall packed with exciting events as part of a grassroots fundraising effort to support the Hickory County Community Improvement Foundation’s (HCCIF) goal to raise $25,000 for the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks. This money will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Cooper Campaign.

First on the agenda for Hickory County is the Hickory County Schools Give Big fundraiser. Led by their student councils, schools in Weaubleau, Wheatland, Hermitage and Skyline will compete against each other to see who can raise the most money for the HCCIF. On September 27, the Hickory County Health Department will host a four person scramble golf tournament. On October 11, aspiring entertainers and hobbyists will have the opportunity to participate in the “Got Talent?” Talent Show taking place at Hermitage High School. Following that event, the Hickory County Swap Meet will raise money for the campaign on October 25. Additional fundraisers being held include a bowling tournament, concert, Christmas family photographs, and others.

Of course, a plan of this magnitude requires plenty of dedication and cooperation. Leaders from the HCCIF are getting some help in the form of a volunteer to coordinate the larger fundraising campaign. Debbie Smith of the Hickory County Health Department, an important HCCIF partner, will oversee the effort.

“This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along every day, and we need to take advantage of it,” Smith told Hermitage’s newspaper, The Index, in a 9/3/08 front page profile outlining the work of the HCCIF and their Cooper fundraising efforts. “I realize that local businesses and citizens go above and beyond when it comes to supporting this community, but this is such a special situation that has the potential for long-term benefits for the entire community, so it’s very important for everyone to be involved.”

Read the full newspaper article here.