Bank donates $100K to new college

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By Larry Rowell

With fundraising having begun for the $3.6 million Casey County Education and Community Center in downtown Liberty, a local bank has stepped up in a big way.
The board of directors at Casey County Bank presented Mayor Steve Sweeney and Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright with a check for $100,000 on Tuesday at a ceremony at the bank.
Bank President Mark Wolford said that this donation is simply an extension of what Casey County Bank has done since its inception.
“Investing in Casey County has always been a priority for the Casey County Bank. We are honored to be a part of this project and see it as an opportunity to support education and participate in the growth of our community,” Wolford said.
Blaine Staat, Director of the Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority, said that this sizable gift is a great start to a fundraising drive.
“It’s wonderful to see that kind of commitment to community and generosity of spirit. I also hope that other businesses and organizations use this news to take some time to reflect on what they might be able to do to support the college. We’re going to need all the help we can get,” Staat said.
To date, and with the Casey County Bank’s donation, about $1.8 million has been raised for the college. Mayor Steve Sweeney said that construction should begin in late September and plans are for the college to be open for the fall semester next September.