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Lions Club announces gifts

Bob Boynton
Special to the Sky Hi News

As 2015 draws to a close, the Fraser River Valley Lions Club has gifted $52,000 to our Fraser Valley communities. First, through the Festival of Trees, the Lions Club provided the opportunity for 31 local non-profit organizations to earn $15,000 through the sale of decorated trees, wreaths, and Hanukkah items. Next, the Lions Club, through its Lions Foundation of the Fraser Valley, awarded $37,000 in direct grants to local non-profit organizations and other groups working to better our communities. The checks will be presented to the organizations at a special luncheon on Jan. 14, 2016 at Snow Mountain Ranch. The Lions Club has an annual call for grant applications and as usual, this year received funding requests that exceeded the funds available.

"This grant program is the most important way the Lions Club gives back to our community and these funds are made possible through the hard work of our 100 Lions Club members," said Lions Club President, Kirk Klancke. The Fraser River Valley Lions Club raises funds all year long through various key activities, including a golf tournament, management of the local campgrounds for the US Forest Service, Festival of Trees Raffle, Christmas tree sales, volunteering at various functions such as Powder Partners at WP Resort, summer concerts, and our ever popular pancake breakfasts served from the familiar big yellow trailer. All the funds Lions raise go back to the community through this grant program and in $11,000 of college scholarships awarded annually to Middle Park High School graduates.

"Through the work of Lions members the money available for distribution through the grant program has grown significantly over the past several years and I know our members will work hard to continue providing these funds going forward," Lions Foundation President, Dennis Troutman said.

These organizations will receive grants from the Fraser River Valley Lions Club for their 2016 programs and projects: Advocates for a Violence-Free Community, Bits N' Spurs Gymkhana Club, Boy Scout Troop #104, CO Headwaters Land Trust, CO, Lions Camp, CO Lions KidSight, Eternal Hills Christian Pre-school, Festival of Trees, Fraser Creative Learning Center, Fraser Valley Community Gardens, Fraser Valley Elementary Parent Advisory Committee, Fraser Valley Library, Fraser Valley Metro Recreation District, Grand Angels, Grand Beginnings, Grand County Concert Series, Grand County Council on Aging, Grand County Historical Association, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Horizons Specialized Services, Lions Club Local Vision Programs for Children & Adults, Little Sprouts Learning Center, Middle Park High School Post Prom Event, Mountain Family Center, National Sports Center for the Disabled, North West CO Center for Independence, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Fdn., Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Run for Independence, Shining Stars Foundation, Winter Park Horseman's Assn. (High Country Stampede).

THANKS to everyone who supports Lions. Without our members, volunteers and community support we would not be able to write an article like this.

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