The last day of the Foothills Fall Festival turned into celebration this year when the Alcoa Foundation presented the City of Maryville with a surprise $10,000 donation.
The Alcoa Foundation will grant $10,000 to help “green” the City of Maryville at future Foothills Fall Festival, which was an all-aluminum event this year.
The donation, which will be used for future Foothills Fall Festivals to help make them more environmentally friendly and to encourage recycling, was part of a promotion by the Alcoa Foundation to help 10 charities in 10 communities.
According to an Alcoa Foundation press release, while people around the world are finding interesting ways to celebrate “10-10-10” (Oct. 10, 2010), Alcoa Foundation saw it as a fun opportunity to give back - surprising 10 charities in 10 communities around the world with $10,000.
The “Give 10” took place on Sunday, Oct. 10, in 10 Alcoa communities around the world, from Tennessee where Alcoa, Inc., has operated for almost 100 years, to its newest center of operations in Iceland, and everywhere in between - Russia, Brazil, Switzerland and Canada.
The other nine Alcoa Foundation grant recipients include:
• Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee, Wash. -- Bob Wilt, President, US Global Primary Products, granted $10,000 to the Chelan Douglas Land Trust after Alcoa volunteers spend the day cleaning up the natural surrounds of HorseLake Trailhead viewpoint. The funding will help the Land Trust improve wildlife habitat, eradicate invasive species and build a culture of conservation in North Central Washington.
• Friends of Muketawa Trail, Whitehall, Mich. -- Alcoa Howmet granted $10,000 to the Friends of Muketawa Trail to help create 26 linear miles of a multi-county trail system constructed in an abandon railroad bed.
• Blind Children’s Center, Fullerton, Calif. -- Craig Brown, Vice President, Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing, Alcoa Fastening Systems, granted $10,000 to the Blind Children’s Center in Fullerton, California. The Center teaches the blind and visually impaired Braille and other important life skills.
• Association of Small Farmers, Sao Luis, Brazil -- Frank Feder, President, Alcoa Latin America, granted $10,000 to the Associação dos Pequenos Produtores Rurais (Association of Small Farmers), which has been supported by Alcoa volunteers in Brazil since 2007. The organization promotes the economic and social development of small farmers in the region surrounding Alcoa’s Sao Luis operations.
• Clinical Hospital for War Veterans of the Samara Region, Samara, Russia -- Alcoa Samara granted $10,000 to the Clinical Hospital for War Veterans of the Samara Region, which provides medical services to veterans in Samara. Alcoa Russia works with veterans organizations in both Samara and Belaya Kalitva, where the company has operations, providing both financial support and volunteer time to improve the lives of retired servicemen and women.
• Arsol Rescue Squad, Reykavik, Iceland -- Marcos Ramos, President, Alcoa Europe, granted $10,000 to the Arsol Rescue Squad in Iceland, after volunteering alongside Alcoa Volunteers to improve the Squad’s facilities, making the operation safer and more efficient.
• Quebec Society for Disabled Children, Quebec, Canada -- Pierre Morin, President, Alcoa Canada, granted $10,000 to the Quebec Society of Disabled Children, which provides respite to families of disabled children. The funding will support the installation of lifts and other necessary infrastructure and equipment to ensure the safety of young residents.
• Samara Foundation for Social Development Time to Live, Russia -- Alcoa Russia granted $10,000 to the Samara Foundation for Social Development Time to Live, an organization dedicated to HIV prevention among young people through awareness and educational outreach.
• Jardin de Montbrillant soup kitchen, Geneva, Switzerland -- Ingrid Muhlbock, President, European Mill Products, granted $10,000 to the Jardin de Montbrillant soup kitchen, after spending the day with Alcoa Geneva volunteers providing meals to those in need.