Texas Democrats Observe Juneteenth

Texas Democrats Observe Juneteenth

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR ALON DONATION Local women’s organization seeks community’s support to win kitchen updates, through ALON’s Load-the-Code programABILENE, TEXAS — — Alliance for Women & Children has been selected as a finalist to receive a special donation from Alon Brands, the supplier and marketer of ALON fuels. Abilene-area residents can help the Alliance win an updated kitchen, by downloading the new ALON Load-the-Code mobile application and voting daily. As part of the 2014 Load-the-Code program, Alon Brands is donating a total of $100,000 to meet specific needs of 10 finalist organizations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma this year, but the company is relying on the community to help determine how those funds are allocated. While all 10 finalists will receive a donation, the three charities with the most votes will be presented with contributions toward the specific donations they have indicated they need the most. The Alliance for Women & Children—one of the oldest women’s organizations in Abilene and the Big Country—is eligible to win kitchen updates through the program. Toni Brown, the Alliance’s executive director, is asking for the community’s support to help the organization win these much-needed building improvements. “Our kitchen is original to our building erected in 1959 and is used frequently to teach our A-Teen middle school girls to cook, to prepare food for our After School Care children during camps, and for other events,” explains Brown. “The facility is desperate for an upgrade and what an amazing opportunity Alon Brands is giving us to make this happen.”Supporters can vote for the Alliance by downloading the free Load-the-Code app to any iPhone or Android device. In addition to voting every day through Sept. 30, app users can: • Enter to win free gas and other prizes, including a 2014 Ford F-150, by scanning a quick response code at any participating ALON location• Find the nearest ALON location • Earn badges for achieving key participation milestones According to Alon Brands President and CEO Kyle McKeen, the philanthropic element of the Load-the-Code program was designed to raise awareness for local community champions, inform the public about the needs that exist within those organizations and engage ALON customers in a solution that helps meet those needs. “We strongly believe that being an integrated part of the community is not only a wise business philosophy, but a necessary moral directive,” McKeen added. “The Load-the-Code program enables us to reward our loyal customers and provide financial help to valuable organizations in our communities.”