Riedel Foundation will award up to $25,000 in matching grant to Hannibal LaGrange University

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Riedel trustee Bill Craigmiles presents a check for $25,000 to HLGU’s vice president of institutional advancement, Ray Carty. This check represents the potential match of proceeds generated at the upcoming Scarlet and Blue auction. | Photo courtesy of Hannibal-LaGrange University

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal LaGrange University is in line for a $25,000 matching grant from the Riedel Foundation for donations it receives at its upcoming Scarlet and Blue auction.

The university will use the money to serve the needs of Hannibal in its outreach mission. Those projects include cultural enrichment, community and high school education initiatives and activities like robotics and STEM camp for young learners.

In a press release, Riedel trustee Bill Craigmiles said, “I’m not sure people are aware of how much HLGU brings to our community. The university obviously has a big economic impact, but it also serves Hannibal in many ways people might not see. Many of our business and professional leaders in Hannibal are graduates of HLGU, and they are leaders in giving back to our community.”

Ray Carty, vice president for institutional advancement at HLGU, pointed out community service is written into the university’s mission, and a community mindset is among its core values.

“Communities like Hannibal thrive when motivated and educated individuals work together to increase opportunity for themselves, others and their community,” Carty said. “The purpose and mission of the HLGU college experience is about seeing oneself as part of the community as a contributor and informed influencer for change and productivity.”

The second annual Scarlet and Blue auction will be held May 19. HLGU memorabilia and donated items will be auctioned. The Riedel Foundation will match up to $25,000 of the auction’s proceeds.

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