Czech Republic to donate $237,437 to La Grange

LA GRANGE, TEXAS - To help the families displaced from their homes in La Grange after Hurricane Harvey, the Czech Republic will be donating $237,437 in humanitarian assistance, the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center announced Wednesday.

The center said that the Czech Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, approved the provision, which translates to 5 million Czech Crowns. Brian Vanicek, Honorary Consul to the Czech Republic for Texas, notified La Grange officials that the funds will be intended for basic needs of those in need of shelter, food, water, health and hygiene needs.

Vanicek is expected to present the donation to the city during a public ceremony at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center located at 250 Fairgrounds Rd. in La Grange on Friday at 2 p.m. Judge Ed Janecka will accept the award on behalf of the city, the center said.

The center, which serves to preserve the history and traditions of Czech descendants in Texas, said the donation represents the Czech Republic's dedication and solidarity with the United States and the Czech compatriots living in La Grange during the disaster.

La Grange, which is considered by many as part of the cradle of Czech immigration to Texas, has a sizeable population per capita of residents of Czech ethnicity.

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