Star Contributes To Local Charity

Sometimes the mail for a non-profit charity is a very dreadful experience, yet today it brought a big surprise.

Teammates For Kids, a Garth Brooks Foundation made a contribution for $5,000 to Teen Response, Inc. a non-profit youth program based in Madisonville.

Two years ago, Teen Response Director John Keuffer was in discussions for support from Brooks and his foundation; however, the Foundation had committed all of its resources. However, the Foundation held on to Keuffer's request and contributed for this funding cycle.

"This was a nice surprise today. I knew we were up for consideration as their staff has been extremely helpful to us. With all that has happened to Teen Response in the last several months, this is just another great surprise. Just last week Vice Mayor Reece came through to help us with our basic operating expenses and now this grant helps us to more with the kids," Keuffer commented.

"As the father of three daughters, I know kids are the last pictures of innocence and that's what charity should be about. That's why in 1999 we started the Teammates for Kids Foundation to provide financial assistance to children's charities. One hundred percent of the money generated by the players and donors goes to the kids. That's not a goal, it's a rule."  Brooks stated.

Teen Response was established in 1992 by Keuffer. Since 1992, the program, its youth and volunteers have earned over 60 local, state and national awards for excellence.