HR Lions Foundation awards 2014 grants

Ten community groups receive $68,500 Dec. 9

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 10 community organizations to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who, 16 years ago, gave the club $2.1 million and requested that the club’s foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations. This year, the charitable endowment provided the club with about $68,500 to donate. Fourteen non-profit organizations applied for the funds.

“Grant applications are reviewed very thoroughly by a screening committee of eight Hood River Lions,” said Hilda Marin, a co-chair with Beth Flem of this year’s screening committee. Organizations who were not awarded are encouraged to apply again next year, according to Marin.

The organizations who received funds at the Dec. 9 award ceremony at the Hood River Elks Club are:

Hood River Lions Club, 2014 post high school scholarships for college and vocational learning — $15,000

Hood River Lions Boy Scout Troop 282, scholarships for camp fees, uniforms, awards and youth training — $3,000

First Book, Hood River County, new books to low income children from birth to 18 years old — $2,000

Hood River County Christmas Project, purchase toys for youth from 4 to 16 years old — $6,000

Hood River County Commission on Children & Families, youth scholarships for activities — $6,000

Hood River Leos Club, Lions’ International Leadership Convention — $3,000

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, safety equipment/body armor for reserves — $9,761,88

Elks Club, blinds and window treatments for upstairs meeting room, where Hood River Lions meet each Tuesday — $3,500

Hood River County Fair, installation of circulation and cooling system in animal barn — $7,101

Hood River Valley High School, lock system for the high school’s batting facilities — $2,500

Hood River Wrestling Club, new safety equipment for wrestlers at Hood River Wrestling Club, Hood River Middle School and Wy’east Middle School — $5,850

Applications for the 2015 Hood River Lions Foundation Trust allocation can be obtained March 2015 at the Hood River Lions internet site,

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