Lions Club awards $110,000 in grants

The Grand Junction Lions Club has awarded a total of $110,000 in grants to 16 recipients in the latest distribution of money raised in an annual carnival and raffle.

Mesa County School District 51 provided a total of nearly $14,000 to match six grants.

At $50,000, the largest single grant goes to the development of Los Colonias Park in Grand Junction.

The club granted $12,500 to Mesa Youth Services and Partners for a vehicle and $10,000 to School District 51 Food and Nutrition Services for what’s dubbed as the lunch lizard food truck. A grant of $8,750 to Community Hospital will be used to create a walking and running trail.

Other grants included $3,300 to Dream Big Adaptive Sports to expand shade facilities, $3,000 to Orchard Mesa Little League for baseball park improvements, $2,500 to Grand Valley Public Radio for a transistor for the Palisade area, $2,000 to Young Life for technology and equipment, $2,000 to Fruita Monument High School for a softball batting cage and pitching machine and $2,000 to Holy Family School for playground equipment.

Six more Lions Club grants were matched  by School District 51 funding, including a $3,750 grant to Clifton Elementary School to replace library tables and chairs, a $3,000 grant to Broadway Elementary for laptop computers, $2,500 to the Grand Junction High School band for instruments, $2,000 to the Palisade band for a trailer, $1,700 to the Dual Immersion Academy for a safety fence around the playground and $1,000 to Nisley Elementary for adaptive playground swings.

Over the past eight years, the Grand Junction Lions Club has raised more than $1.3 million for local causes. In the 85-year-history of its carnival and raffle, the club has provided more than $5 million in charitable giving. Raffle tickets for the latest fund-raiser are available for sale through the parade and carnival scheduled for Feb. 20.