CLINTON — One local non-profit organization soon will benefit from a donation from the Clinton County Development Association but it’s not their typical form of grant giving.
During a meeting Wednesday, CCDA members discussed the possibility of matching the Wild Rose Casino entertainment department on a 50-50 investment opportunity from the Variety Club of Iowa.
That opportunity comes in the form of a transport van that CCDA President Tom Fullerton thought would greatly benefit the Skyline Center of Clinton.
“(The Variety Club) asked if (Wild Rose) had a specific non-profit in Clinton County that they wanted this van to go to and they said no they would rely on us to identify that source,” Fullerton said. “I reached out to the Skyline Center because I know they deal with special needs and they do housing so they have transportation needs. I reached out to Jack Robinson and he was very excited about the prospect of a van coming his way.”
Because the request came from the Wild Rose Casino and Resort, the CCDA’s funding corporation, Fullerton thought it should be handled under a special circumstance.
The CCDA does feature a process for special grant request cases for requests of this nature, but he felt this specific situation should be handled in a different way altogether.
“I guess I view this as somewhat unique in that this request is coming from our sole source of funds and it’s unique in that regard,” Fullerton said.
The board unanimously agreed, voting to match Wild Rose Entertainment up to $12,500.
By accepting the recommendation, that matching donation will be taken from the CCDA’s director’s choice fund. That fund is designed for situations like this, said Fullerton, and will not affect the group’s main grant-giving funds.
Even though he agreed with the van donation, CCDA secretary Matthew Stammeyer did question the purpose of the moratorium on special requests if they were going to make exceptions to the rule anyway.