Hoch Publishing Company, which publishes the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, will be donating up to $1,000 to one or more Marion County individuals, families, or charitable programs in need of help this Christmas season.
With help from The Lumberyard, Great Plains Federal Credit Union, Prairieland Partners, and Smith Chiropractic — and possibly other businesses in the coming weeks — Hoch Publishing Company is seeking nominations, beginning this week.
To encourage nominations, each reader 18 or older who makes a nomination will be entered in a weekly drawing for a gift certificate worth up to $25 at businesses supporting the nominations. A nomination form can be found on the back of the newspaper.
Nominations should include who or what is nominated and why. Nominees must live or operate in Marion County. A panel assembled by the newspapers will determine how to allocate the $1,000 donation among the causes nominated. It could go to a single cause or be divided among several.
Recipients will be announced in the Christmas edition Dec. 21.