First Quarter 2008

11 April, 2008

During the Venturi, Inc. Quarterly Breakfast on Apr 11, 2008, the Venturi Brighter Day Employee Fund awarded its first grants to three great charities.

The first to receive a gift was Harris Home for Children. This organization provides foster care, therapeutic, and educational services to help the neglected and dependent adolescent males and females of Alabama achieve their maximum potential. Teenagers live in multiple cottage-like homes learning life and social skills in an environment that allows them to develop into successful adults. Outside of the teenagers who live on the Harris Home campus, the organization offers an After School Program to elementary and middle school-aged children to offer them some of the same life changing opportunities. Marshia Hewitt and Tammie Hammons of Harris Home attended the breakfast and received the gift of $5000.00. They will use the money to help purchase a passenger van that will be used to transport the cottage residents to various appointments and for residential needs.

Above: Chris Simpson presents The Harris Home for Children with a gift from the Employees of Venturi.

The Greengate School was the second organization to receive a large grant. Greengate School’s mission is to educate and support children with specific learning differences in reading, spelling, or writing so that they may realize their full potential. Marcia Ramsey attended the morning event and received the gift of $5000.00. The gift will be used to defer costs for the Orton-Gillingham training program. This program, offered by Greengate School to educators and parents from all over Alabama plus some surrounding states, provides training on how to teach children with dyslexia.

Above: Chris Simpson presents The Greengate School with a with a gift from the Employees of Venturi.

The last organization to receive a Venturi Brighter Day Employee Fund gift was The Schools Foundation. This organization strives to create higher expectations and widespread community support for Madison County Schools by providing multiple professional development programs for educators to improve schools, and other services that they hope will better education within area schools. They will use our gift of $5000.00 to enhance their annual Great Teacher Conference that over 900 educators from Madison and surrounding counties attended in 2006. This conference invites nationally-known speakers and subject matter experts to provide information to area teachers to help them excel in the classroom.

Above: Chris Simpson presents The Schools Foundation with a with a gift from the Employees of Venturi.

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