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Pella Corporation Murray Donates Money to Trooper Island

Date of News Release: 03/08/2005

Image of from left to right are:  Doug Dielman, Pella Vinyl Plant Manager, Trooper Barry Meadows, Post One Public Affairs Officer, and Don Fraher, Pella Vinyl Human Resource Manger(Murray, KY.) On February 10, 2005 managers of Pella Corporation Murray plant presented a check for $5,000.00 to benefit Trooper Island Camp. This check was in appreciation for an arrest made by Trooper Russell Boyd on January 19, 2005. The plant had received a series of bomb threats and with hard police work and dedication, Trooper Boyd arrested an employee of the plant charging him with Terroristic Threatening.

This year 2005 will mark the 40th anniversary of Trooper Island, which began in 1965 when the Kentucky State Police developed a camp on Dale Hollow Lake near the Clinton-Cumberland County line to help those who may not have otherwise had a chance to attend a summer camp. Trooper Island, has since been converted to a co-ed camp, and now serves approximately 700 boys and girls ages 10 to 12, selected from across the commonwealth by Troopers to attend a week long camp at no charge during the summer months.

In addition to the regular camping schedule Trooper Island conducts three (3) special camps for some of Kentucky's special needs youth. These camps include Camp PKU (phenylketonuria), Vision Camp (Vision Impairments) and Camp BraveHearts (Heart Complications).

Trooper Island is a non-profit charitable corporation. All construction and camping expenses are paid from tax-deductible contributions. Much industry, civic and business groups support Trooper Island along with charitable activities held by Kentucky State Police posts across the state. Some of activities in which funds have been raised for Trooper Island are golf scrambles, motorcycle runs, fishing tournaments and our yearly statewide raffle.

Anyone that would like to make a donation can send a contribution directly to Trooper Island at Post Office Box 473, Albany, Kentucky 42602 or by contacting your local Public Affairs Officer at any of the Kentucky State Police Posts across the state. Further information on Trooper Island can be found at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island.htm.

If you ever attended Trooper Island as a camper, worked as a counselor or know someone who has, visit the web site at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/trooperislandcontact.php & sign our guest book telling us about your experience while at Trooper Island.

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