Members of JETT (Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow), met on November 6, for their second annual Granting Party. Four charities from Dubois County were represented at the evening event: Freedom Reins, Mentors for Youth, Anderson Woods, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Each charity took about 10 minutes to educate the JETT members on their focus, who they serve and, if they receive this year’s grant, how they would use the money. After the presentations, the members of JETT took time to weigh out the merits and possible outreach of the organizations and then took an anonymous vote. In the end, it was CASA that was awarded a $9,083 grant to be used toward building their brand through billboard advertising as well as to be added to an existing endowment.
CASA was officially presented with the $9,083 check on November 26 at the Jasper Engines and Transmissions corporate office in Jasper. Deena Hubler, Director of CASA and Nicole Hurrle accepted the check which was presented by a number of JETT members.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates can make a huge difference in a child’s life during this uncertain time.
The JETT members are extremely proud to be able to offer grants to worthy organizations like CASA and are very thankful for the support shown to them by the upper level management at Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Mark Balsmeyer, one of the founding members of JETT, summed it up by saying, “What an amazing opportunity! Not only were we able to grant $9,083 to CASA, but we were also able to put $6,500 into our JASPER endowment fund which will continue to grow so it can be used for future generations.”
About JASPER Endows Today and Tomorrow
JASPER Endows Today and Tomorrow was formed early in 2013 by a group of Jasper Engines and Transmissions Associates. The mission of JETT is to create a unique giving experience for the company’s Associates and their families in order to help them to gain a deeper understanding of the concept of philanthropy and how it can fit into the lives of practically everyone. The group has nearly doubled their membership, increasing from 29 members in 2013 to a roster of 50 in 2014.