PCI to donate $1.9 million

Published 5:52 am Saturday, March 24, 2012

A nearly $2 million donation from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will donate organizations as diverse as those dedicated to helping children, helping animals and helping eradicate drugs — many of them organizations whose funds have been cut over the past year.

The tribe announced the $1.9 million donation to a variety of community service organizations on Friday; it comes on the heels of last month’s $2 million donation to Montgomery and Elmore county schools.

Tribal liaison Sharon Delmar said the funds announced Friday would be disbursed throughout the year as part of the tribe’s Planned Giving Campaign and should “offset funding cuts in organizations as diverse as the Children’s First Foundation, Volunteers of America Southeast, the West Escambia County Humane Society and the YMCA.” Delmar also said the tribe will continue to fund services such as the Escambia and Elmore county Drug Task Force agencies and the Wetumpka Fire Department.

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PCI Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin said the tribe believes in the importance of giving back to the communities they are a part of.

“Part of being a good neighbor is helping out others in need,” Rolin said. “Our state and its citizens have suffered a great deal during these tough economic
times, and it’s important to pitch in and make a difference where we can.”

The tribe’s Planned Giving Campaign for 2012 will include donations of:

$350,000 to the Children’s First Foundation

$100,000 to the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

$150,000 to the YMCA

$100,00 to the Escambia County Drug Task Force

$100,000 to the Elmore County Drug Task Force

$100,000 to the Volunteers of America Southeast$150,000 to West Escambia County Humane Society.