Rowan County Community Fund: Green for COVID-19 Relief

July 27, 2020Impact Stories

When the Rowan County Community Fund established its COVID-19 Response Fund, local leadership upped the ante. On April 21, Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown issued a challenge: If the community raised $10,000 in 10 days for the fund, she would dye her hair green. The community exceeded the goal in 48 hours! So, County Judge Executive Harry Clark raised the stakes even higher, challenging the community to raise $20,000 by May 1. Local residents rose to the occasion, in total donting more than $20,000 to the fund!

This surge in local generosity has resulted in the award of $11,500 in grants to date:

• Gateway Ad, $1,000 for 100 food baskets and emergency kits for seniors

• Gateway Homeless Coalition, $2,500 for emergency food

• Bluebank Church Ministry, $8,000 for its food pantry and emergency student food boxes


To donate to the Morehead-Rowan County COVID-19 Response Fund, visit