Big Hope 1 will be seen on the Ohio, Mississippi, and even the Illinois Rivers. You’ll know it when you see it – it’s bright pink. This past Monday it took on its inaugural load of grain at the CGB (Consolidated Grain and Barge) facility in Madison, Indiana.
Dan Heffelmire, president of H & B Specialties says a portion of the barges proceeds will support cancer research. “It’s an opportunity to promote a program with our growers to participate,” he says. “In doing that – we will deduct money directly out of their settlement check and donate it to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center on their behalf.”
He tells Brownfield their growers are excited about the program. “The feedback has been phenomenal,” he says. “It’s amazing.” Heffelmire says he was amazed to see so many people come forward and make pledges and donations after they heard about Big Hope 1.
Dan McNiel, regional manager with CGB says it was an easy decision for them to make to participate. “Many of our employees have been affected either directly or through family by cancer,” he says. “We wanted to take this opportunity to donate $15,000 to the “Big Hope” cause.”
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