“Restore Bunkie’s Park” Proposal Wins $25,000 Grant from State F - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

“Restore Bunkie’s Park” Proposal Wins $25,000 Grant from State Farm®

Posted: Updated:

BUNKIE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Bunkie's John Guillory Field and city park win grant in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Competition.

State Farm has announced that Bunkie is one of 40 communities in the nation that has won a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm. This particular grant program is unique, because the 40 recipients are determined by popular vote on Facebook.

State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program allows individuals to submit a cause or need in their community, once a year (March), that they are passionate about, and for which they believe they can rally support. The ‘cause’ of giving John Guillory Field and grounds a facelift was submitted by Amy Sonnier of Bunkie.

Submission of community needs this year ran from March 3 – 23. The number of causes or needs submitted was capped at 4,000. That list was then paired down in April by State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board (a mixture of thirty senior high and college students) to 200 community needs that fit into the categories of safety, education, or community development. 

Then, from April 28 – May 16, Facebook voting began, and nearly 3 million votes were cast. The refurbishing of John Guillory Field and grounds came in 12th place in the national voting. Park restoration work will be done by the city of Bunkie in coordination with Avoyelles American Little League.

Bunkie State Farm agent, Kyle Wolff, said, “The great support we received for improvements at John Guillory Field and the park speaks so highly of the closeness of this community, and the important role the park has had here for so many years. I congratulate Amy for stepping up and getting attention to this community need, and thank all of the people who supported us by their votes.”

For a complete list of the top 40 causes or for more information about the Neighborhood Assist program visitwww.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:50:42 GMT
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
  • Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:36:40 GMT
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
  • Tropical Blog Fri (8/29)

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:38:26 GMT
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.