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Gillette Pepsi-Cola Companies to award up to $100,000 to local communities in 2010.

LA CROSSE, WI; DECORAH, IA; ROCHESTER, MN; MANKATO, MN – August 25, 2010 – The Gillette Pepsi-Cola Companies announced today the organizations awarded second wave Local Pepsi Refresh Project Grants.

A panel of student representatives from area high schools and universities reviewed applications and determined the allocation of funds to organizations with ideas that would help move our communities forward. 

The student panel in La Crosse awarded grants to:
Coulee Region Humane Society, Inc. will receive $1,000 in funding to complete the installation and plumbing of a new bathing and grooming tub.
La Crosse Area Family YMCA will receive $3,500 to assist in funding equipment for the Miracle Baseball League allowing children with disabilities to play the game.
Toys Go ‘Round Lending Library will receive $2,500 to fund new equipment to allow them to expand their ability to loan out toys, games, infant equipment and educational materials to families and schools in Winneshiek County, Iowa.
African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc. (AAMAN) will receive $3,150 to purchase workbooks and educational materials for at-risk, special needs and low income children enrolled in their preschool literacy program.
LincolnMiddle School will receive $2,200 to assist in funding new uniforms for the Lincoln Show Choir.
The ResCarta Foundation, Inc. will receive $1,500 to purchase new scanners to digitize photographs, news clippings and artifacts from libraries, historical societies and community centers making the information available online.
Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) has been awarded $1,150 to fund transportation to activities and field trips to underprivileged and at-risk youth involved in G.R.E.A.T.

The student panel in Rochester awarded grants to:
Chatfield Fire Department and Ambulance Service will receive $2,500 to purchase an extraction smart dummy to use in rescue training for firefighters.
Rochester Amateur Radio Club will receive $2,355 to fund new radio transmission equipment allowing them to better assist in emergency and community communications.
Women’s Shelter Transition Home has been awarded $5,000 to assist in remodeling the kitchen at Transition Home to create a better living environment for the women and children calling it home.
Ability Building Center-People Achieving Change Through Technology will receive $1,695 to fund educational technology to add to their lending library for individuals with disabilities.
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester will receive $1,600 for the purchase of two computers to assist in educating the youth they serve.
Stewartville Public Schools has been awarded $1,850 to purchase “Playaways”, digital audio players preloaded with audio versions of books allowing the students to walk while learning to read. The school district hopes to promote learning while getting their students active.

The student panel in Mankato awarded grants to:
Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CADA, Inc.) will receive $3,000 in funding for a new fence for the outdoor play area for greater safety and privacy of the sheltered women and children.
School Sisters of Notre dame Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry will receive $2,000 for the purchase of new gardening tools for the community garden. This garden educates children about food production, provides nutritional food to low-income individuals and produces over 1,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for ECHO Food Shelf each year.
Harry Meyering Center, Inc. will receive $3,000 to purchase an Easystand for their residents. This piece of equipment enables individuals in wheelchairs to be positioned to “stand tall”, providing many health and psychological benefits.
Twin Rivers Center for the Arts will receive $1,500 to repair and purchase band instruments to provide rent free to low-income children wishing to participate in school band programs.
Saint James Fire Department Relief Association was awarded $4,000 to purchase a new Jaws of Life to assist in roadside accidents.
Forrest G. James Marine Corps League Auxiliary was awarded $1,500 to assist in various veterans’ services and to provide care packages to our troops.

The local Pepsi Refresh Grant Project sponsored by Gillette Group Pepsi-Cola Companies will award up to $100,000 in grants to organizations within their franchise service areas of Mankato, and Rochester, MN, La Crosse, WI and Decorah, IA.

The local Pepsi Refresh Grant Program is a compliment to the Pepsi Refresh Program where Pepsi-Cola of North America is pledging 1.2 million dollars each month for ideas that receive the most online votes to receive funding. To find out more visit refresheverything.com

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