Dorr directs $2,500 donation to be made to Van Buren Youth Fair

    LAWRENCE -  Van Buren County farmer, Charles Dorr of Lawrence, has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Van Buren Youth Fair.
    Dorr served as a director on the Van Buren Youth Fair Board Association for 15 years.
    The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local non-profit.
    Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
    “Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president.
    The Van Buren Youth Fair, which is celebrating its 61st anniversary this year, will use the funds to help cover costs associated with Kids’ Day, which will be held Wednesday, July 19, during the fair’s week-long run, July 17-22.
    “We appreciate Mr. Dorr’s  generosity in thinking of the fair,” said Van Buren Youth Fair Board President Janet Tripp. “The Van Buren Youth Fair Board Association is proud of this fair, our exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors.”
    For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit
    The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern United States agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at
    The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at
    The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to non-profits across the United States in 2017.

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