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Lions Foundation announces annual grants

News staff writer

November 22, 2006

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 21 community organizations 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 earning to Hood River County organizations.

The total amount given this year is $116,920.70, the club announced Wednesday. This year the charitable endowment provided the club with about $117,900 to donate. Forty-four nonprofit organizations applied for funds.

“Grant applications are reviewed very thoroughly by a screening committee of eight Hood River Lions,” said Bob Palmer, screening committee chairperson.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to fund all the requests, but applicants are encouraged to apply again in 2007.”

The organizations receiving funds in December are:

* Hood River County CCF, Hood River County Lions youth scholarships — $5,000;

* Faith in Action, provide training for volunteer caregivers — $3,100;

* West Side Fire Department, community health and safety — $15,600;

* Hood River County Museum, historic preservation and exhibit — $1,500;

* Young Life-Columbia Gorge, summer camp — $5,000;

* Hood River Baseball, community locker room in Lions facility — $10,000;

* Eyeopeners Lions Club, community enhancement and fireworks — $3,000;

* Columbia Gorge Lioness Club, Bridge of the Gods Quilt Show —– $500;

* Columbia Lioness club, Cascade Locks Festival of lights, lighting — $3,030;

* Hood River City Police Dept, five mobile digital video recording systems — $25,000;

* City of Cascade Locks, Cascade Locks Fire Hall construction — $3,500;

* HR Lions Club Boy Scouts 282, help Boy Scouts fee, uniforms — $3,000;

* HR Lions Club Soap Box Derby, electronic timing system, rally race — $2,500;

* First Book-Hood River County, literacy skills and language development — $1,083.70;

* Leos — $1,000;

* Christmas Project — $5,000;

* Salvation Army Bells — $500;

* HR Lions Local Sight and Hearing — $1,177;

* Horizon Christian school, classroom — $12,500;

* Water safety, Port of Hood River — $2,500;

* Hood River Lions Sandstrum Memorial, HR Lions — $930;

* High school scholarships, HR Lions — $11,500;

All recipient organizations and Hood River Lions Club members are invited to a “Celebration of Generosity and Good Works,” where the grant money will be handed out, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Center, 1795 Eighth St.

“We want to celebrate the generosity of the anonymous donor who made these grants possible and have some community fellowship around the good works represented by the organizations receiving the grants,” said Doug Bohn, president of the Hood River Lions Foundation Trust.

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