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The Comcast Foundation recently announced Culpeper County High School’s Brooke Bonfadini as one of the 2017 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards in Virginia. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

Comcast, joined by Deputy Attorney General: Transportation, Real Estate & Construction Division for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Stephen A. Cobb and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held May 18, at the Virginia State Capitol. Fifty-nine recipients of the 2017 Virginia Leaders and Achievers® scholarships received $1,000 scholarships.

Since 2003, Comcast has awarded nearly $800,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to more than 760 students in Virginia.  This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education.  

The Culpeper Wellness Foundation announced Healthy Living Grants have been awarded to nine area organizations, totaling over $75,000 for health and wellness projects serving Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties.

“The Healthy Living Grants were established to engage community organizations in improving health and wellness in our community,” said Shari Landry, President of Culpeper Wellness Foundation. “We are pleased to support the efforts of local nonprofits that are passionate about making our communities healthier and stronger through these nine worthy projects.”

Funding decisions were made by Foundation volunteers who serve on the Community Grants Advisory Board.

2017 Healthy Living Grant recipients include:

TOWN OF CULPEPER – To purchase and install new exercise equipment at Yowell Meadow Park.

MADISON EMERGENCY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (MESA) – To expand services at Barbara’s House –  a transitional housing program for families in need.

ORANGE COUNTY FREE CLINIC – To provide dental care for economically disadvantaged residents.

PIEDMONT REGIONAL DENTAL CLINIC – To provide dental care for Winter Heat Shelter Program participants.

REVA VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE CO. – To purchase equipment to wash firefighting gear to improve firefighter safety and reduce the risk for health problems associated with biohazards and chemicals on firefighting protective equipment.

LAKE OF THE WOODS LIONS – To purchase medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, transporter chairs and walkers to loan at no cost to Orange County residents.

CULPEPER COUNTY PARKS AND REC – To assist in building an inclusive playground at the Culpeper County Sports Complex to expand recreational opportunities and facilities for citizens of all ages, including those with disabilities.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF CULPEPER – To provide utilities assistance to those in need in order to maintain a safe home environment and prevent exposure to extreme temperatures.

CULPEPER MID DAY LIONS – To purchase new vision screening equipment to assist in early detection and prevention of vision disability in children, one of the top health concerns in schools.

To learn more about The Foundation or how you can invest in keeping our community healthy, call The Foundation at 540-431-2397.

The Town of Culpeper has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D. C.

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