Inland donates $25,000 to Boys and Girls Club

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc., Elizabethton, and the Inland Foundation gave the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club a boost recently when it presented the club with a Leadership Grant, totaling $25,000, over three years.
   The funds will be used to support the Power Hour after school learning program at the club, according to Darrell "Pappy" Crowe, club executive director. There are 95 youth currently enrolled in the program.
   "We appreciate the support from Inland's management and employee work force in Elizabethton. Inland's sponsorship will help the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club raise academic achievement levels of youth in our community," Pappy said.
   Ed Godsey, general manager of Inland's operation in Elizabethton, said only 10 leadership awards were given out by the Inland Foundation this year.
   Since the Leadership Grant program began five years ago, the Inland Foundation has presented 47 awards, totaling more than $1.2 million.
   Godsey complimented the work of "Pappy" Crowe and Susan Broyles, Inland human resources manager in Elizabethton, in preparing the application. "It was their work that led to the grant being approved," Godsey said.
   These grants are designed to fund programs that address unmet community needs and to encourage other local organizations to participate, Godsey added.
   The Inland Foundation supports health, human services, education, arts, culture and civic programs offered by nonprofit organizations.
   Inland employs 161 people at its two plants in Elizabethton. The company manufacturers containerboard and packaging products. Inland owns five paper mills and 50 percent joint venture in gypsum board facing paper mill in the U.S.
   Inland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Temple-Inland, Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas.