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Pull tabs profit local organizations
The financial health of many Montgomery organizations received a boost this month, thanks to those who purchase the Montgomery Area Community Club pull tabs at area bars. With $55,000 saved up in the gambling account, mostly from pull tab profits, the MACC board of directors approved donating over $20,000 at its meeting Monday, Sept. 9, to seven organizations and the City of Montgomery.
On behalf of the city, Mayor Jean Keogh and the EDA board were present to receive the largest donation of $12,500 from the club. She thanked the board and told them that $10,000 will go toward constructing an entrance sign that costs a total of $19,000. She said they hope to have two entrance signs constructed in the next two years. She added that the city is looking into applying for a MnDOT grant for landscaping and beautification around the new signs.
Keogh said the remaining $2,500 will be to purchase benches and garbage receptacles in the parks.
Other organizations who are receiving donations from the MACC are: TCU Cross Country, $600 for Kolacky Days and a new clock; Lucky 4 4-H, $450 for Kolacky Days; TCU Softball, $1,850 for Kolacky Days and field updates; Most Holy Redeemer Home and School Committee, $2,500 for playground updates; Montgomery Veteran’s Flag Project, $450 for a flag, pole and light.
During the public portion of the meeting, a brief discussion was held on Kolacky Days. This year’s event was the first time the MACC organized it without assistance from the former Mobilize Montgomery organization.
MACC staff person Jessica Westerman stated that all of the bills for Kolacky Days had been paid and a profit of just over $6,000 was realized.
“It was very successful,” she said, “and gave us a good idea what to look at money wise.”
She reported that the cost to hold the event was around $97,000 and the expenses were at $95,000. She added that sponsorships were not included in those figures and because of support from the community, the festival stayed in the black.
MACC President Marc Peterson said they delegated out the many facets of the festival to organizations and volunteers, and the board would be meeting with each group for input for next year’s planning.