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Fraser Valley Lions Club awards $37K in nonprofit grants

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On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Fraser River Valley Lions Club hosted a luncheon at the YMCA of the Rockies to present checks for dollars granted to nonprofit organizations in Grand Ccounty.

The gifts totaled $37,585 in categories including arts and culture, education, families and children, sports and recreation, and miscellaneous.  Forty-two grantees had submitted applications to the Lions Club, describing the ways funds would be used to enhance the lives of people in Grand County.

Having been advised of their selection and grant amounts, each organization sent representatives to the event to enjoy lunch with Lions and other nonprofits, and to take home their checks to benefit their various and worthy causes.

Through fundraising events such as Pancake Breakfasts, Christmas tree sales,  the Christmas Tree Festival, and running the local Forest Service campgrounds, the  FRVLC funds scholarships for local high school students as well as the charitable organizations represented at the grant luncheon, and as always is committed to helping children who need and whose families can't afford eyeglasses.  Treating and saving eyesight has been the important objective of Lions Clubs around the world since its inception.

The Lions Club members are proud to be a part of this Grand community.

Approved Grants for 2015

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Arts and Culture Grant Requests

Fraser Valley Library – approved $500 for large print books.

Grand County Concert Series – approved $500 to support classical music performances and visits by musicians to local schools.

Grand County Historical Association – approved $500 to help defray cost for maps/signage at Cozens Ranch Museum.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre/Youth Theater Program – approved $500 for the youth theater program.

Education Grant Requests

East Grand School District (via Grand Foundation) – approved $2,000 to support your East Grand Schools technology project.

Eternal Hills Christian Preschool – approved $1,500 for 2 computers, spyware and learning software.

Fraser Creative Learning Center –approved $1,000 for teacher training to meet legal standards and improve the quality of teaching and care for young children.

Fraser Valley Elementary School – approved $500 for the purchase of 9 Hokki Stools to permit safe but active sitting for young students with hyperactive tendencies.

Grand Beginnings – approved $250 to support your annual Children's Fair that disseminates early childhood information to families.

Indian Peaks Charter School – approved $250 to assist in purchasing a vertical planter for science experiments.

Middle Park High School Math Department – approved $750 to assist in purchasing Graphing Calculators required for Algebra class and State, SAT, and ACT exams.

Winter Park Christian School –approved $750 to assist in the purchase of the "Reading Plus" web-based learning program.

Families and Children Grants

Advocates for a Violence – Free Community – approved $2,000 for "Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month" programs.

Grand Angels – approved $2,500 to help Grand County neighbors in need through the Grand Lake Food Bank and other assistance programs.

Grand County Council on Aging – approved $1,000 to support your senior transportation program in the Fraser Valley.

Grand County Rural Health Network – approved $1,000 to assist individuals in understanding and navigating the access requirements to health care for uninsured, low-income children and adults.

Grand County Veterans Association – approved $750 to assist in transportation costs to VA hospitals and clinics on the Front Range.

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition – approved $800 to offset cost of youth activities in Grand County that support healthy, positive lifestyle choices for middle and high school students. Funds should be restricted to activities in Grand County.

Habitat for Humanity of Grand County – approved $1,000 to help defray engineering costs needed to resolve water/wetland issues at building sites in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Heart of the Mountains Hospice – approved $2,000 for in-home palliative care services to residents of Grand County.

Horizons Specialized Services – approved $750 for assistance in funding 12 monthly Family Fun Days for individuals with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

1ountain Family Center – approved $2,500 to directly assist low-to-moderate income residents of Grand County in meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and clothing.

North West Colorado Center for Independence – approved $500 to assist individuals who have vision problems with specialized computer screen software, magnifiers, canes and guide dogs. Funds are restricted to assistance for individuals in Grand County.

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA – approved $1,000 to assist in CASA training for CASA volunteers in Grand County.

Pregnancy Resource Connection, Inc. – approved $500 to help offset the costs of updating outdated curriculum materials.

Run for Independence – approved $500 for assistance in staging this race whose proceeds pay for children on dialysis to attend summer camp at YMCA of the Rockies.

Shining Stars Foundation – approved $1,000 for assistance in hosting annual retreat for children with cancer and life-threatening diseases and their families.

Miscellaneous Grant Requests

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust – approved $500 for support of the "Colorado River Initiative" to raise public awareness of the limited water resources available for agriculture, wildlife, scenery and biodiversity.

Colorado Lions Camp – approved $500 for our annual donation on behalf of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club to send a camper from Grand County to your summer camp. If no Grand County camper is identified, the funds will be directed to the Colorado Lions Camp for your use where needed.

Colorado Lions Kidsight – approved $500 for our Club's annual contribution to the Kidsight Colorado Program.

Festival of Trees, FRVLC – previously authorized up to $450 by email vote of Board members to place minimum bids on trees – none of these funds were needed; $450 was added back to funds available for distribution at this meeting.

Grand County Pet Pals – approved $285 to assist Grand County Animal Shelter in your spay and neuter program before animals are placed for adoption.

Grand County Search & Rescue – approved $500 for training and supplies for new recruits.

Lions Club Foundation of Fraser Valley Inc. – approved $5,800 based on budgeted program requirements for 2015 after deducting carryover of unused funds from last year. Expected expenditures in 2015 for our local vision programs are: School Nurse Program ($3,400) and Pre-school & Adult Program ($4,800).

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank – approved $500 as our annual donation on behalf of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club to support the Eye Bank Surgery fund.

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation – approved $500 as our annual donation on behalf of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club to support the Eye Institute Foundation programs.

Sports and Recreation Grants

Bits N' Spurs Gymkhana Club –approved $150 for purchase of pole bending equipment for rodeo style events.

Middle Park High School Post Prom Event – approved $500 for prizes to encourage students to attend a safe Post Prom party.

Middle Park Volleyball Club – approved $250 to assist in purchase of equipment necessary to expand from 2 to 4 girls volleyball teams plus additional practice equipment for all four teams.

National Sports Center for the Disabled – approved $500 to be earmarked specifically for NSCD's Military Veterans Program.

Winter Park Horseman's Association/High Country Stampede – approved $300 to assist in costs associated with the annual Family Fun Night.

Foundation Awards Luncheon Attendees

Colorado River Initiative! Anna Drexler-Dreis

Advocates, Chelsea Gould

Grand Beginnings Maegan Lokteff

GC Search & Rescue, John Sanderson

Grand Angels, Deb Gahan,

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Shanna Ganne

Habitat – Susan Cambier

Pregnancy Resource Connection, June Matson

Fraser Creative Learning Center, Kelley Glancey

Grand County Concert Series, Tom Chaffin and Judy Baxter

MPHS Post Prom, Debbie Harris –

Cozens Ranch Museum and Grand County Historical Association, Kristi Martens

Eternal Hills Christian Preschool, Krissy Morrow

NSCD, Kate Sachs

Run 4 Independence, Kent & Jancie Hughes

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Megan McCord & Susie Baird

Grand County Rural Health Network. Sally Ryman

Middle Park Volleyball Club, Stephanie Carey

Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Deb Knutson and Mikee Tennant

Fraser Valley Elementary, Angela Sandstrom

Fraser Valley Library – Jeanette McQuade

Bits n Spurs Saddle Club – Audrey Schultz

Horizons, Amy Miller

PetPals, Mary Ann Kerstiens

Winter Park Horseman’s Association, High Country Stampede Rodeo. Mike Fudge. Grand County Veterans Association, Donald Scott

Mountain Family Center, Mandi Appelhans or Helen Sedlar

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Ed Jacobs

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre – Tom Chaffin

NW Colorado Center for Independence – Ian Engle

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