Perkie Travels Receives Much Needed Donation at Chamber Lunch

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Carbon County Chamber held its monthly meeting hosted by USU-Eastern in the Alumni Room at noon on Thursday.

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Nancy Bentley from Active Re-Entry was presented with a check for $2,105 to assist with the support of the Perkie Travels program. The money was raised at a silent auction in conjunction with the annual Chamber Awards Dinner last month.

Perkie Travels is a transportation and support service for cancer patients that travel up to Provo to receive radiation treatment. A van makes the round trip to the Provo Valley Region Medical Center five days a week. There is no cost to those who use the service. The Susan G Koman Foundation provides approximately 80% of the funding needed for the program. Community support is what makes up the rest.

USU Eastern’s Chancellor, Joe Peterson, presented the Four in Four recruiting program to the community. He was very forthcoming about the pending staff and program cuts associated with declining enrollment, and an $800k loss, but went on to paint an optimistic picture of the college’s future.

Peterson emphasized the college mission statement several times, “The mission of USU Eastern is to prepare the people who create and sustain our region.”

He expects the institution to remain one of the county’s top employers.

You can get more information on the Four in Four program in the ETV 10 article “USU-Eastern Not Just Here to Stay, but Here to Thrive”

John Howa and Sons was the featured business of the month.

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