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Asheville's Downtown After 5 wristband funds will support local nonprofit groups

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4/10/2012 - Asheville's Downtown After 5 wristband funds will support local nonprofit groups
by Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE -- The Asheville Downtown Association has announced the recipients of its 2012 Downtown After 5 wristband grants. Chosen nonprofit organizations sell wristbands at one of the five concerts and receive a grant of up to $2,000.

Selected charities for 2012 are: Asheville GreenWorks (May 18), Katy's Kids/MANNA FoodBank (June 15), Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (July 20), Homeward Bound (Aug. 17) and Blue Ridge Pride (Sept. 21).

Asheville GreenWorks uses the funds to remove litter and graffiti as well as plant trees downtown. Homeward Bound's mission is to end chronic homelessness in the Asheville area.

Katy's Kids works with MANNA FoodBank to raise money for the MANNA Packs Program. The soccer association, receiving wristband grant funding for the first time, supports soccer and other team sports for more than 800 at-risk and underserved local children.

Blue Ridge Pride, another first-time wristband grant recipient, puts on the annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival in October.

The Asheville Downtown Association has awarded more than $55,000 in wristband grant funds to local charitable organizations since the grant program's start in 2006. Learn more about the ADA and Downtown After 5 at www.ashevilledowntown.org.

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