GJ Lions hand out carnival proceeds
The Grand Junction Lions Club began distributing the proceeds from its annual carnival today, starting with $30,000 given to six organizations.
“It’s always really hard to choose,” said President Ky O’Day.
This year, the service organization received requests asking for $400,000 from more than 40 organizations needing help in the community.
“We were able to fill $100,000 in those requests,” O’Day said.
Representatives from the various organizations were at the luncheon to receive their checks and thank the members for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the entire community.
In particular, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado was especially grateful for the $10,000 check they received. It was payment on a $100,000 multi-year grant promised to the facility by the club, who has given $90,000 so far.
The National Wild Turkey Federation received $2,000 to buy a trailer to carry archery equipment to local high schools. It will allow students to learn archery, not necessarily for hunting, but to give them another outdoor activity option as part of their extracurricular activities.
Broadway Elementary School received $9,000 to be used for new paving and a water fountain to be installed on the playground.
Chatfield Elementary received $2,500 toward the purchase of new furniture in the library.
The Center For Enriched Community received $2,600 to update their billing process and the Mesa County Sherriff’s Department was given $4,500 to buy a new graffiti power washer.
Overall, 15 community organizations will receive grant money from the club this year.