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April 22, 2014

Three organizations benefit from BP Fueling Communities grants

OTTUMWA — Elliott Oil Company recently awarded three BP Fueling Communities grants totaling $20,000.

Elliott Oil Company and the BP Fueling Communities program provides grants to local organizations that are nominated by BP Branded Marketers (Elliott Oil Company) to support the communities in which they do business, said Elliott Oil Company Vice President and General Manager Andrew Woodard. The program, he noted, assists local BP Marketers to support organizations that focus on health, education, youth, food and housing to spread charity and goodwill among neighborhoods in need.

This is the second time Elliott Oil Company and the BP Fueling Communities program has provided grants to the local community. Prior to this year’s donation, the Ottumwa-based convenience store chain/petroleum marketer helped the OHS A-Club with the recent Schaffer Field renovations.

Woodard said some of the current recipients were nominated by Elliott Oil Co. employees. This year’s recipients include the Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Iowa, the Eddyville City Park Committee and the Ottumwa Babe Ruth Baseball League.

Woodard noted his grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's, thus the donation has extra significance to his family. The $5,000 grant will be used in the South Central Iowa/Ottumwa area for education programs, enhance local support groups, provide information and referral and enhance physicians’ knowledge of the association’s programs. The grant’s funds will allow the Alzheimer’s Association to offer the services to local residents at no cost.

The Eddyville City Park Committee will use its $7,500 grant for park renovation, which includes changes to the performance stage, sidewalk and benches and a log cabin restoration. Over the past 10 years, the city has spent about $82,000 on its Central Park area.

And finally, thanks to a $7,500 grant, the Ottumwa Babe Ruth Baseball League plans to use the donation to help build a multi-level building which includes a concession stand, storage facility, restrooms and a second-story press box.

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