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BP America donates $40,000 to Gregg County Fair

They were evacuees in East Texas during Hurricane Ike, and after seeing our story about how the Gregg County fair suffered major financial losses, they decided to help.

Today, BP America officials gave the fair organizers, the Jaycees, a check for $40,000.

A number of BP personnel were evacuated to East Texas, and saw how the fair closed down because of the need for emergency shelter and services for Ike evacuees.

"We want to do something back for the community and when I saw this on television basically I couldn't think of a better cause to do so, because the Jaycees extend help to so many people around this area that with this donation that we could make sure that continued," said Arno Appel, a BP employee.

"For them to come all the way up here and say hey, we want to help you guys continue to do what ya'll are doing community all the way around, theres no words to say thank you for that," said Billy Clay, the Jaycees Fair Organizer.

The money will go to fund area food drives and college scholarships, and preparations for next year's fair.

Clay says the 2009 fair will be dedicated to BP.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com  

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