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Casper’s ‘Project Kenny’ wins $25K grant, voted in top 100 causes in nationwide contest

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper nonprofit that works to train service dogs to support veterans has been awarded a $25,000 grant after being voted among the top 100 nonprofit causes in a nationwide State Farm Neighborhood Assist contest.

Project Kenny will use the grant to help expand its veteran-focused service animal program.

“Thanks to all who voted for our cause!” Carol Salveson, lead dog trainer with Project Kenny, said in a press release from State Farm on Thursday.

There were 4,000 total causes considered for awards in State Farm’s nationwide contest. A review committee selected 200 finalists and public voting determined the top 100 causes out of those. Overall, $2.5 million in grants were awarded nationwide to the top 100 causes.

In addition to the $25,000 grant, Project Kenny recently received a $5,000 donation from Casper State Farm Agent Megan Spence. Spence was recently recognized as a State Farm “100 for Good Champion” and presented the $5,000 to Project Kenny last week.