Lions Club carnival season begins with grant allocations

Eight community organizations will have more money for capital improvement projects this
year, thanks to the Grand Junction Lions Club.

The service club announced the recipients of its 2009 carnival and raffle proceeds Monday morning at Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, one of the recipients.

“We really try hard to find organizations that do the most good for the most people,” said Josh Aubert, club president.

The recipients were chosen in the fall by a Lions Club committee that carefully considered grant applications.

In previous years, the money was given to twice as many recipients.

“We make sure that all of the dollars raised in our community stay in our community, and these were the projects that we felt would help the most people,” club member Denise Richardson said.

The largest grant, $35,000, was given to Strong Families, Safe Kids for help in purchasing a building that would serve as a headquarters for the nonprofit organization, which has been in the basement of the U.S. Bank building for the past several years.

A $15,000 grant will go toward construction of the Fruita Community Center. Fruita was awarded a grant by the Gates Foundation for the project but needed matching dollars from the community.

“These are substantial investments into the community, and we thank you,” Fruita Mayor Ken Henry told the Lions Club audience.

Aubert said that despite the hard economic times in 2009, people came together to help the Lions Club help others.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of this community,” he said.

The Center for Independence was given $4,000 for appliances for its new kitchen, where clients can learn valuable job skills.

The other recipients were:

•  Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, $10,000.

•  Colorado DiscoverAbility, $5,000.

•  Child and Migrant Services, $2,600.

•  Orchard Mesa Middle School, $2,000.

•  Kids Voting of Mesa County, $1,400.

The Lions Club will start the 2010 carnival raffle and ticket sales at noon today at Two Rivers Convention Center. More than $40,000 in prizes are available so far.

“We’ve got a lot of big cash prizes, a big-screen TV, jewelry, furniture and even a fly-fishing trip this year,” club member Brad McCloud said.

The 81st annual Lions Club Parade and Carnival will take place Feb. 20. Tickets are available for purchase from any Lion or by calling 248-9376.

The club has given more than $4 million to the community in the past 80 years.


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