It has been over a year since the 1776 Gives Back program in Murray was announced and two of the recipients have projects that have come full circle. In 2017, Independence Bank accepted applications to award $17,760 to worthy organizations and individuals that needed assistance. In total, the campaign awarded $177,600 throughout Calloway County.
The very first recipient awarded $17,760 was the Murray Calloway County Parks Board. Angela Bogard, who serves as secretary on the board, submitted an application to Independence Bank in hopes of gaining funding for the project that began in July of 2016. With the help of Independence Bank and other donations the third ADA compliant playground in Kentucky hosted their ribbon cutting on April 12th, 2018.
Calloway County High School also hosted a ribbon cutting for their new greenhouse on April 13th, 2018. The FFA department was also a recipient of Independence Bank’s 1776 Gives Back program that allowed the school to purchase the necessary tables and benches needed for the greenhouse with the $17,760 they were gifted. The previous greenhouse was damaged in 2016 due to a fire.