GJ Lions Club to give $125,000 to local groups
Ten lucky and deserving community groups learned Tuesday they would be among those benefiting from $125,000 in grant money from the Grand Junction Downtown Lions Club.
The Lions Club made their funding announcement at Grand Valley Zoological Quest in Fruita on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Each year the Grand Junction Downtown Lions Club raises funds for charitable causes from the sale of raffle tickets and a carnival held the first Saturday after Valentine’s Day. Tickets for this year went on sale Tuesday and will be sold until the carnival and parade on Feb. 15.
The service club has given $1.2 million to the community in the past seven years, and more than $4 million in 84 years.
This year’s beneficiaries include: Tiger Paw Wrestling ($7,500 for new wrestling mats); Mesa County Search and Rescue ($15,550 for a new truck to pull rescue equipment); Western Slope Pop Warner Football ($3,375 for new scoreboards); Lions Region 3 Kidsight Program ($13,700 for two new vision screening devices); Grand Valley Zoological Quest ($7,500 for a “Bee Zone” exhibit at Children’s Nature Center); Museum of Western Colorado ($7,000 for construction of the “Changing Gallery”); KAFM radio ($5,000 for communications and audience interaction equipment); Central High School Baseball ($8,375 for equipment and field renovations); Veteran’s Art Center ($7,000 for construction of a wood-working shop); and the city of Grand Junction ($50,000 toward construction at Las Colonias Park).
“We are so thankful to the Grand Junction Lions Club,” Grand Valley Zoological Quest director Janet Gardner said. “The money will go toward our bee zone,” which will include a live bee hive where people can watch bees making honey, as well as an educational play hive area.
Additional, smaller discretionary grants are given by board members throughout the year. The Grand Junction Lions Random Acts of Kindness program is another charitable program.
Past beneficiaries include the Riverfront Trail Project, The Art Center, The Botanical Gardens, Two Rivers Convention Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, the Fruita Community Center, Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool, the Museum of Western Colorado, Mesa County Search and Rescue, and Colorado Mesa University.
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