Non-profit workers felt like celebrities, and Tuesday night they were, receiving grant money for their organizations.
More than 55 groups from Central Alabama received the honor, a total of $408,000.
It's no small feat for the group handing out the cash.
"We think it's our community giving back to our community. Our money all comes from private donors, and, so, it's people investing in the future of our community, and we're happy to help them do that," said Carol Butler, Executive Director for the Central Alabama Community Foundation.
After a strenuous application process, the grants go towards community development, helping to fund--among other organizations--local Boys and Girls Clubs and the Montgomery Public Library system.
"We're excited about their expansion plans and the idea of building a new downtown branch. We think that would be wonderful, so we're trying to give them some money to try to help them get started," Butler said.
Participants couldn't be happier. With the much needed funding, groups can get started on much needed work.
"We've got some wonderful old houses that need to be restored and wonderful old businesses in the downtown [Tuskegee] area," said Charles Thompson of the Tuskegee Main Street Development Foundation.
That need is exactly why administrators offered the grants in the first place.
"It makes our community a much better place, and these different organizations--the services these different groups provide--is just critical to our community," Butler explained.
NOTE: Grants were given as part of CACF's 20th Anniversary celebration
Reporter: Cody Holyoke
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