Blue Grass Farms Charities Receives HOKC Grant

BGFC Treasurer Tom Thonbury accepts the HOKC grant

Edited Press Release

Officials at Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) have announced that the organization has received a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) in the amount of $6,354.00 to purchase 75 middle school backpacks and 200 grade school backpacks. Blue Grass Farms Charities serves individuals and their families who work in the Central Kentucky Thoroughbred industry by providing health and human services in six counties.

HOKC awarded $3.1 million in grants supporting 343 non-profits, impacting more than 3.8 million Kentuckians.  Grants are made possible through donations from Kentucky Colonels from throughout the Commonwealth and around the world who chose to exercise the honor of being named a Kentucky Colonel in a meaningful way.

According to Commanding General Gary Boschert: “2022/2023 was another generous year for Colonels. Kentucky Colonels generosity is heartfelt and well spent on worthy agencies across the Commonwealth. Our long-term efforts in both western and eastern Kentucky are ongoing with funds remaining for each effort. We work with other agencies to ensure Kentucky Colonels money is spent wisely and deliver goods and products needed for the rebuild.”

BGFC provides health and human services to those who work in the Central Kentucky area. One of the most popular programs each year is the 'back-to-school backpack program.  This year the charity will distribute 1,100 backpacks to farm and backstretch workers' children from kindergarten to eighth grade.

“We are grateful for this grant award by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to help with the cost of such an important tool for students to have when school starts,” states Julie Kwasniewski, director of BGFC.

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