Lions announce annual grants

November 26, 2005

The largest gift bag in Hood River County is about to open up again.

Hood River Lions Club is giving $117,382.14 to 24 organizations in December.

Hood River Lions Club Foundation selected the groups to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who six years ago gave the club $2.1 million and requested that the club’s foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations. The gift distribution is required to continue for the next 14 years.

The largest gifts go to FISH Food Bank, Hood River, $17,000 for its ‘Supplemental Food Improvement Project,’ and $12,500 each to Horizon Christian School, $12,500, to the Lions Scholarship Program for college and vocational school scholarships, and to build a memorial classroom at its new campus at Eighth and Pacific streets on the Heights.

FISH will use its first-ever Lions grant during 2006 to purchase fruits, vegetables, peanut butter and other protein sources, and other healthful foods that it cannot typically purchase through its main food provider, the Oregon Food Network.

“This grant comes at a very good time for us,” said Marianne Durkan of the FISH Board of Directors. She said food needs will increase this winter as lower-income families face increased heating oil and gasoline costs. The community can learn more about FISH at its annual open house on Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food bank is located in Concordia Church at 11th and Pine streets on the Heights.

Other large grants went to the Hood River Library Foundation, $10,000 for a Memorial Patio constructed at Georgiana Smith Park; $9,000 grant to Mt. Hood Towne Hall Association, for capital improvements to the lower level of Mt. Hood Towne Hall.

Also receiving Lions Foundation funds:

* Cascade Locks Interested In Kids (CLIK), drug prevention among youth — training funds — $1,359.

* Columbia Center for the Arts, $2,500.

* Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, Hood River Public Art Walking Map — $1,600.

* Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, “Secrets of our Forest Home Science Education” program — $5,000.

* Columbia River Soap Box Derby, sponsorship of two rally weekend races a year in Hood River — $1,500.

* Eyeopeners Lions Club, Hood River, firework program fees — $3,000.

* First Book-Hood River Country, literacy project — $2,000.

* Helping Hands Against Violence, Hood River, restroom repair at Young Women’s Center — $2,500.

* Hood River Lions Club Boy Scout Troup 282, Hood River, equipment phase 2 — $2,500.14.

* Hood River Softball, press box construction — $8,838.

* Hood River Valley Senior Citizen, Inc., Meals on Wheels Project — $4,885.

* H.R. County Commission on Children and Families, Hood River County Lions Youth Scholarship Grant — $5,000.

* Hood River County Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) program, books for school children — $3,500.

* Hutson Museum, Parkdale, building repainting -- $2,000.

* May Street Elementary School, playground equipment — $3,000.

* PROD (Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs): low- cost canine spay/neuter project — $1,000.

* American Red Cross, Hood River scholarships for classes including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation — $1,200.

* Hood River Christmas Basket Program, toys for children — $5,000.

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All recipient organization representatives and Hood River Lions Club members are being invited to a “Celebration of Generosity and Good Works,” on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Hawk’s Ridge Assisted Living Center, 1795 Eighth St.

Applications for the 2006 Hood River Lions Foundation Trust allocation can be obtained next March by writing to the Hood River Lions at P.O.Box 860 in Hood River.

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