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Jeepfest proceeds benefit 22 nonprofits

October 19, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Money made by the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is being awarded to area nonprofit groups for the third year. Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association has selected 22 groups to get $27,200.Butler Eagle File Photo A view from atop of the Cycle Warehouse of the Annual Jeep Invasion on Main St in Butler on Friday June 8, 2018.

The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association will once again distribute financial gifts of $500 to $2,200 to local nonprofit organizations.

The association, which is the owner of the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, is distributing the gifts for the third consecutive year.

FBJA has chosen 22 groups to receive a total of $27,200 in funds.

The organizations, who were chosen from a pool of 60 applicants, include Associated Artists of Butler County; American Legion Riders; the Veterans In Need Fund; the Jean B. Purvis Community Health Clinic; Historic Harmony; Moraine Preservation Fund; VA Butler Healthcare's homeless veteran program; and the Evans City and Zelienople libraries.

The FBJA also donated $1,700 to K9s for Warriors, which provides service dogs to veterans. Those funds came from the festival's Bantam Proving Grounds Jeep pull, which was introduced at the 2018 event.

In addition, $20,000 was donated by the FBJA to the many organizations that helped execute the 2018 festival.

This is an excerpt — read the full story in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.