Grand Junction Lions pledge $75,000 for cancer center

The Grand Junction Lions Club will donate $30,000 to support construction of a regional cancer center at Community Hospital.

The grant is among 12 worth a total of $90,720 the club announced as part of its latest fund-raising efforts.

The grant for the center constitutes the first installment in a multi-year contribution totaling $75,000. Construction is set to begin this summer on the $5 million facility.

The club raises money through an annual carnival, parade and raffle. The club canceled the carnival and parade because of the coronavirus pandemic. But members will sell tickets until a live raffle scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

The raffle will feature more than $25,000 in prizes, including a custom ring from Thomas Hunn Jewelry, $500 in cash from H&H Clay and season tickets to the Grand Junction Rockies.

Over the past 92 years, the Grand Junction Lions Club has raised and distributed a total of more than $7 million to nonprofit organizations and causes in Mesa County.

In addition to the cancer center, grant recipients for 2021 will include:

$10,000 to the Colorado Mesa University Foundation, the first installment in a multi-year grant totaling $50,000 for a master’s occupational and physicians assistant programs.

$10,000 to Community Food Bank of Grand Junction for building renovations.

$10,000 to Partners for a new vehicle.

$7,500 to Grand Valley Public Radio for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.

$7,000 to the Counseling & Education Center for office equipment upgrades.

$5,000 to Camp Hope for bathroom and shower upgrades.

$5,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness for office equipment upgrades.

$2,500 to the Grand Mesa Nordic Council for a groomer.

$1,720 to the Powderhorn Mountain Resort Ski Patrol for automated external defibrillators.

$1,500 to Crime Stoppers of  Mesa County for dip jars for donations.

$500 to Appleton Elementary School for books.