Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Mitchell
donated $5,000 to the Mitchell Community Recreation Association toward its
$50,000 goal. Lilly Endowment challenged organizations to raise $50,000
locally to which it would give $100,000 each in direct grants for special
projects. The $50,000 is placed in a permanent endowment through the
Lawrence County Community Foundation.
Mitchell Community Recreation Association
will use its special project funding to build a sports complex on
Mitchell’s east side. Ed Epping, plant manager, said Lehigh Portland
Cement Co. contributed to the fund because working together to build
communities is included in the company’s vision. He also saw that the
Mitchell community is in need of recreational activities for its youth.
“This is the first time ever all of the
recreational activities are under the Mitchell Community Recreation
Association umbrella,” Epping said. “That entity now has a $50,000
endowment and a $25,000 foundation match. The association will forever
receive proceeds from the $75,000 endowment.” The sports complex will be
built on property adjacent to Lehigh. The company entered into a 50-year
lease for $1 with the Mitchell Community Recreation Association.
Lehigh also donated $21,000 worth of
playground equipment to the association. Epping and two other engineers from
the plant volunteered to survey ground for a new biddy field and a girls
softball field as well.
Epping said. “I believe strongly in getting
the youth to be productive, and right now there’s not a lot of things for
kids to do in the summer here in Mitchell. I dream of a massive sports
complex on the east side of town supported by people of Mitchell on Lehigh
property that would give the youth every night an opportunity to play
organized sports with adult supervision.”
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