Representatives from Pioneer Electric presented Pheasant Heaven Charities with a check for $14,352.52 on Jan. 8. Funds for the donation were available due to the disbanding of the Underground, Overhead, Metering (UOM) School. Beginning in 1974, the UOM school provided training to linemen and kept them up-to-date on new tools and products used in electrical power distribution. The non-profit training event, sponsored by Pioneer Electric, Wheatland Electric and the City of Garden City Electrical Department, formally disbanded in 2020.
“We wanted to ensure that these funds, created in southwest Kansas, were given back to a southwest Kansas organization,” said Mike Haney, a former board member for the UOM school and manager of engineering and operations at Pioneer Electric. “Pheasant Heaven Charities goes above and beyond to assist those in need throughout our region.”
Pheasant Heaven Charities will use the donation to assist individuals dealing with medical needs. Additionally, the charity will use the money for their scholarship program and in supporting other organizations throughout southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Pheasant Heaven Charities’ goal is to support individuals with medical needs. In addition to its benevolent assistance program, Pheasant Heaven Charities provides support to cancer patients within a 50-mile radius of Hugoton through its Love From Above committee. The committee also provides snacks and water for two cancer center locations in Liberal. Persons in need of assistance may apply online at www.pheasantheavencharities.com or contact Sharon Concannon at 620-544-4318.