Lions grant $136,000 to local groups

In a 20-year plan, annual Foundation awards drawn from

$1 million anonymous gift

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 38 community organizations to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who gave the club $2.1 million and requested the foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations.

The gift distribution, now in its third year, is required to continue for the next 17 years.

"Every year is challenging; this year we had over $400,000 in requests," said Tom Yates, Foundation spokesman. "Overall we try to do what seems best for the community, to try to spread the money out to a wide aspect of the organizations that are serving Hood River County," Yates said. "It came from a very generous gift. It's not our money, and we feel like we're stewards to allocate it in as responsible a way as we can."

This year the charitable endowment provided the club with about $136,358 to donate. Organizations that will be receiving funds in late November are:

* Hood River Chapter/American Red Cross -- Educational supplies and equipment for health and safety instruction and upgrading chapter's computer system: $10,450.

* CAST -- Community theater project to help fund school classroom visits, programs for senior services, evening workshops: $700.

* City of Cascade Locks -- Speed monitor display: $794; LifePak 12 cardiac monitor/defibrillator for new ambulance: $15,500.

* Columbia Art Gallery -- Office equipment purchases: $600.

* Dee Rural Volunteer Fire Department -- Purchase fire and emergency equipment for a truck firemen are putting into service: $8,494.79.

* First Book -- Families First Network, purchase and distribute books to children of low income families: $1,300.

* Gorge Community Foundation -- Develop and expand this foundation for nonprofit organizations $313.

* Hood River Community Service Center -- Help fund a new roof at facility on 22nd Street: $2,856.

* Hood River County Fair -- Electrical project at the Fairgrounds: $625.

* Hood River County Historical Museum -- Enhance the museum's paddlewheel exhibit: $3,125.

* Hood River Valley High School -- Electric car program: $5,100.

* Hood River County Sheriff's Reserves -- Safety equipment for officers: $5,938.

* Hood River Dynamo Youth Soccer Club, Inc. -- Scholarships for low-income youth: $2,213.

* Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club -- Equipment for fireworks program: $3,500.

* Hood River Fire Department -- smoke alarm distribution: $750.

* Hood River Library Foundation -- library renovations: $250.

* Soap Box Derby Program -- Begin program in this county sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club: $7,000.

* Hood River Lions Club -- newspaper recycling project: $10,000.

* Hood River Police Department -- Equipment for decertified ambulance to respond to investigative, tactical and educational needs of the community: $4,188.

* Highway 281 Safety Project -- Traffic Light at Brookside/12th Street: $1,250.

* Hood River Valley Adult Center -- Landscaping costs associated parking lot expansion: $3,500.

* Hood River Valley High School -- Music department/electronic music program: $1,875.

* Horizon Christian School -- Journalism/Yearbook program: $3,945.

* Hospice of the Gorge -- Help fund the ADAPT program -- support for individuals who are dealing with new or recurrent cancer who still may have a hope of a cure: $4,313.

* Hood River County Commission on Children and Families -- Drug and crime prevention program for youth: $3,938.

* Hood River County Student Firefighters -- purchase fire helmets: $3,313.

* May Street School -- After-school science program: $1,675.00.

* Mt. Hood Towne Hall Association -- Remodeling projects: $1,063.

* Nuestra Comunidad Sana -- Mental health-direct service to benefit families: $1,126.

* PROD -- Low-cost spay/neuter project for cats and dogs: $1,125.

* Project Helping Hands Against Violence -- Young Women Center: $5,063.

* Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital -- Cardiac rehabilitation/risk prevention program scholarships: $6,000.

* Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital -- Trauma Nurse's Talk Tough safety awareness program for drivers regarding the consequences of driving while drinking or without safety belts: $1,000.

* State Office for Services to Children & Families -- Therapeutic support for foster/adoptive parents and childcare activities: $2,050.

* The Next Door, Inc. -- Computer lab for at risk young people at Next Door's school program: $4,763.

* New Parent Services -- Educational materials and update basic equipment to operate their parent education project: $3,125.00.

* The Next Door, Inc. -- New parent education project in conjunction with existing Teen Court: $3,538.

Applications for the 2002 distribution can be obtained next March by writing to the Hood River Lions at P.O. Box 860. Completed applications will be due by July 31.

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