LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) will present $2.1 million to help over 275 charities across the state. Thanks to donations from Kentucky Colonels and worldwide, the Good Works Program will aid 3.7 million Kentuckians.
The program will help with community enhancement, community support, education, homeless and low income, health rehabilitation and life skills, historic preservation, veteran services and youth services. Charities around central Kentucky will be awarded 71 grants worth a total of $530,000.
“This year, we were able to continue to provide relief to organizations helping those affected by COVID while also providing support to cultural organizations who have been financially impacted,” said HOKC Executive Director Sherry Crose.
Grant recipients in central Kentucky will be announced Friday, June 28 at 1 p.m. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, hosted by Colonel Jack Pattie, WVLK-AM Radio morning show host. This is one of five grant events held across the Commonwealth as part of Kentucky Colonels Grant Impact Week from June 14 through June 18. The other events will be in Owensboro, Verona, Louisville and Ashland.
HOKC Commanding General Hal Sullivan shared, “When HOKC Trustees met with grant applicants this year, we were reminded how hard the pandemic has made life harder for many folks, from first responders in community service charities to the clients themselves. Thanks to Kentucky Colonels from around the world who donate to the Good Works Program, HOKC can lend a helping hand to so many local charities that provide essential services that lessen the impact. Because a Colonel cares, we make giving to others a Proud Kentucky Tradition.”