Thatcher gets Country Financial, Freeport Community Investment grants

Vaughn Grant, Country Financial, Steve Curtis, Fire Chief, Shaffen Woods, Police Chief, and Jenna Ferrin, Country Financial

THATCHER — At its most recent meeting, the Thatcher Town Council received two grants — $3,000 from Country Financial and $100,000 from the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Fund.

Vaughn Grant, with Country Financial, explained the funds are directed to be used by Thatcher Police and Thatcher Fire for any needed equipment.

“We love our first responders and anything we can do (to help) in that direction,” Grant said.

The money comes from Country Financial’s Operation Helping Heroes program, where Country Financial representatives can identify heroes in their communities and do something personally to give back.

Last year, Grant and his partner Jenna Ferrin, donated Country Financial Operation Helping Heroes funds to Pima Fire, for help in developing a new fire station.

During the Nov. 20 meeting of the Thatcher Town Council, Freeport-McMoRan Community Development Manager Sean Wenham, left, presented a $100,000 grant for lights at the town’s newest park. Accepting the grant from Wenham are, from left, Mayor Randy Bryce, Clerk Annie Reidhead and Manager Heath Brown.
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Freeport Community Development Manager Sean Wenham said the grant he was the presenting from the Community Investment Fund was the first to Thatcher in about a decade.

“We did one grant previously that went to the Thatcher Fire Department, maybe about 10 years ago, (that) went through a slightly different process,” Wenham said. “This kind of puts us over the $200,000 mark in terms of grants to the Town of Thatcher.”

The $100,000 will be combined with $200,000 granted to the town in September from the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties to complete lighting at the new park at Reay Lane and 8th Street.