Story by: Lauren Pilkington, staff writer
March 30 of 2016 was the start of a new change of heart. The Old National Bank hosted a “Pay It Forward” contest to see who was giving back to their community the most in Indiana. The finalist received $5,000, the runner-up got $2,000 and third place won $1,000. The bank participated too by paying for some people’s groceries and giving back to surrounding communities. After weeks of voting the tallies are in:
First Place went to Sara Woolum, a seventh-grader who was raising money for Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center. She will be donating the money to the center, because it helps children who are victims of sexual abuse.
Fortville’s very own Ten West Center for the Arts won Runner-Up. Ten West continually hosts children’s art classes, teaches taekwondo, and puts on musicals for the community to attend.
Andrew Okerson the owner of Ten West said, “We are using the money we won to hopefully install a handicap ramp to the front of our building in the near future.”
Jessica Holden won $1000 and she will be donating her money to the Ronald McDonald House. After she lost her own son, she has been connected with the charity to help families who are going through the illness of a child.