PAINTSVILLE — Highlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Highlands Health System, was recognized recently with a $50,000 grant by American Electric Power Foundation for its ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for people in the communities it serves. The Foundation provides funding to worthy non-profit groups, school and other organizations in communities that AEP, its operating units, and employees serve.
The grant check was presented on Friday, Aug. 30, during the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Highlands Golf Classic in Paintsville. Gregory G. Pauley, Kentucky Power President/CEO, Bob Shurtleff, manager of Kentucky Power’s Pikeville District, and Brad Hall, Community Affairs Manager for Kentucky Power, presented the check to Harold C. Warman, Jr., President & CEO of Highlands Health System, Edward Nairn, Chairman of the Board of Highlands Regional Medical Center, Dr. Shelli Deskins, Program Director of Highlands Center for Autism, and Kathy Rubado, Executive Director of Highlands Foundation.
Funds from the grant will be used to benefit the Highlands Center for Autism and further its work to help children with autism. Highlands Center for Autism is the only center based program in the state of Kentucky exclusively using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a clinical setting. This research based intervention allows children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to have the best chance for an improved quality of life.
Kathy Rubado, Executive Director of Highlands Foundation said, “We sincerely appreciate the American Electric Power Foundation for this grant which will do so much to benefit the Highlands Center for Autism. AEP and Kentucky Power have always been concerned corporate citizens and supporters of people in eastern Kentucky. This grant is yet another example of how dedicated they are to our area and to making improvements in the quality of life for the communities they serve.”
For more information on the Highlands Foundation, visit www.highlandsfoundation.com