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.