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The Center announces winner of houseboat vacation on Lake Cumberland

By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development
By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development

Cincinnati, Ohio resident Pat Buckmaster is the lucky winner of a “Houseboat Holiday” vacation on Lake Cumberland that was the grand prize in a regional fundraising campaign benefiting The Center for Rural Development’s three summer youth programs.

As the winning ticketholder, Buckmaster will receive a houseboat vacation package valued at nearly $3,500—including a $200 fuel allowance—courtesy of Conley Bottom Resort and Marina.

Buckmaster’s ticket was randomly drawn on June 6 at The Center in Somerset during the awards ceremony for the 2010 Lake Cumberland Grand Prix Offshore Super Series (OSS) powerboat race, which was held that weekend a short distance south of The Center at Waitsboro Recreation Area.

Raegan Richardson, granddaughter of OSS Inspector Gene Stephens, drew the winning ticket. Larry Combs, director of business services for The Center and race coordinator for this year’s Lake Cumberland Grand Prix, was on hand to observe.

Dates and availability of Buckmaster’s vacation package are subject to approval of Conley Bottom Resort and Marina.

This is the second consecutive year The Center has partnered with Conley Bottom Resort and Marina to sponsor the “Houseboat Holiday” vacation package and fundraiser for Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI). The Center provides leadership and training scholarship opportunities for middle and high school students in its 42-county primary service area through these three programs.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the effort benefit The Center’s youth programs, which are funded exclusively through charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and organizations and fundraising efforts.

This summer, a total of 198 students will have an opportunity to attend The Center’s three youth leadership programs and receive hands-on experience in math and science, grow their business and entrepreneurial skills, and develop critical leadership skills.

The Center for Rural Development—the Center of Excellence for rural Kentucky and the nation—provides economic and community development programs to residents in a 42-county primary service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is home to several statewide and national technology-based programs. For more information on programs available through The Center, visit www.centertech.com.

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