DANSVILLE--The Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department got $2,500 closer to their fundraising goal Tuesday morning thanks to a donation made by Paul and Maureen Wolcott through the Monsanto Company.
The Wolcotts, who own Lent Hill Dairy Farm LLC., in Cohocton, applied for the money in the fall with the intention of giving the money to Noyes.
“This was an easy decision for us,” Wolcott said. “ We wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t believe [in the hospital.]”
The Monsanto Company has sponsored the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program for the past three years. The idea behind the foundation is to support non profit organizations in rural communities that do important work.
“Farmers know what is best for their communities, they know what is most needed in their towns,” said Bob DeWaine, a technology development rep and certified crop advisor at the Monsanto Company.
DeWaine, who was on hand to help present the check, explained that the foundation chooses farmers to receive the money based on an application they submit outlining why their non profit is important in their community.
The nationwide foundation serves 39 countries and 18 grants will be presented in New York State this year, including FFA chapters and food pantries.
The Monsanto foundation looks at all different kinds of things,” DeWaine said. “Whatever farmers believe is important in their community.”
The Wolcotts have been doing business with Monsanto for about 20 years between animal and plant technology. Their decision to present the money to Noyes was an easy one for the Wolcotts who understand the struggles rural hospitals have seen in the recent past.
“Rural hospitals, who have generally been struggling, provide a great service to residents,” Paul said. “And Noyes has great management and great service, we have to do everything we can to keep them here.”