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Merryman House Wins $60,000 Grand Prize Package

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center has been announced as the winner of the 5th annual Xtreme Business Makeover Non-Profit Edition powered by KeeFORCE, Vue Magazine and a team of twenty-seven additional business partners.  The program was designed to showcase what local businesses have to offer the community by using their resources to help an existing organization find a higher level of success.  In the previous four contests, non-profit organizations were not eligible to compete.  In honor of the 5th annual event, a prize package was compiled to specifically address the needs of a non-profit organization.  All non-profit organizations in the Purchase Area of Kentucky who met minimal qualifications were invited to apply.  Each applicant completed an online survey composed of 13 questions related to their organization.  The applications and questionnaires were then submitted to a panel of judges for review.  The panel was composed of five independent judges from various backgrounds representing each Purchase Area county with an applicant in the contest.  The judges used the information provided by the applicants to determine the top-3 finalists.  Merryman House was selected as the winner based upon need, reach and long term impact the prize package would have on the organization.  The top-3 finalists in alphabetical order were Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, New Pathways for Children and Starfish Orphan Ministry.

Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center was selected as the winner of the grand prize package valued at over $60,000 in cash, free business products and services.  The Merryman House organization has a 36 year history of providing assistance and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence for all ages, gender and ethnicity.

“There were so many worthy non-profit organizations that applied that it was truly a difficult task for the judges to narrow it down to one winner.  We are very happy for the Merryman House and we look forward to working with them in the months to come,” stated Terry McKee, President of KeeFORCE.  “This year’s Xtreme Business Makeover contest has proven to be a great way for business leaders to come together and provide support for an organization that does so much to help others in Western Kentucky.  We want to thank everyone that took the time to submit an application, the five judges for taking time to determine our winner and most importantly all of the business partners that make this contest possible!”

Merryman House will receive a Grand Prize Package valued at more than $60,000 including cash, valuable business products and services from the following 29 organizations; 1187 Creative, All Good Media, Capstone HR, CliAl Lodge, Community Foundation of West Kentucky, FNB Bank, Four Rivers Business Journal, Frick Investment Group / Money Concepts, ICI Mechanical, iList Paducah, Ingram’s Water & Air, Inspire Media Solutions, KeeFORCE, Long & Long PLLC, Peel & Holland, Petter Business Systems, Purchase Area Family Magazine, Ray Black & Son, Rene Advertising Specialties, Riley Architect Services, Royal Oaks Chevrolet-Cadillac, Socially Present, Solution Media Group, Thrivent Financial, Turner Communications,  Vue Magazine, Williams, Williams & Lentz CPA, Workforce Solutions at WKCTC and WPSD Local 6.


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