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The nonprofit associated with Wild Rose Casino & Resorts Jefferson operations Tuesday night distributed $1.18 million to public-minded organizations and cites across 4,190 square miles of western and central Iowa.

The six counties surrounding Greene County joined in the philanthropic haul with the seven incorporated cities in Greene County.

“I’m certainly excited that we’ve accomplished some of our tasks and goals,” said Norm Fandel, president of Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, the nonprofit that holds Wild Rose’s Jefferson gaming license and annually determines the flow of contributions.

Programs for children in the Jefferson are headlined the grant banquet at Wild Rose, an in-person but socially distanced and masked event, as $165,000 flowed in this cycle toward the nonprofit Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation’s $4.5 million commitment to finance the athletics and performing arts facilities in the Greene County School District. The developing Early Learning Center in Jefferson, aimed at dramatically improving child-care options in the region, is receiving $500,000 over four years, and Wild Rose itself and the nonprofit teamed up on a $125,000 gift for a high-end video-scoreboard in the high school athletic center in Jefferson.

The Greene County Animal Shelter is receiving $301,000 over three years.

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Boone County will use the money on conservation projects, improvements to the High Trestle Trail, for example.

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