Huge milestone for Blue Grass Community Foundation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Bluegrass Community Foundation is celebrating a big accomplishment.

Since starting up in 1967, it’s awarded $100,000,000 in grants.

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A news conference was held at the government center Thursday morning with Mayor Linda Gorton proclaiming today: Bluegrass Community Foundation Day.

The foundation has special events planned to show its appreciation. Throughout the day, Cup of Commonwealth and Chocolate Holler each gave away 50 free drinks.

At Kentucky for Kentucky, the first 100 people received a free sticker. On top of that, the organization gave away two tickets to Chris Stapleton’s benefit concert in a social media promotion.

“For us it’s more than just the dollar amount. It’s the stories of impact. It is the grants. It’s the community initiatives. It’s the people that through their collective generosity have made this $100,000,000 in grants possible. And we’re just getting started.”

One person from each of the special events received a one-thousand-dollar giving card to a non-profit of their choosing.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.