(From left) Cathy Robinson

(From left) Cathy Robinson

Creston-Kootenay Foundation makes annual donations to non-profits

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Nearly 80 people enjoyed delicious appetizers, were entertained musically by Monte Anderson and witnessed the distribution of more than $20,000 to community non-profit agencies at Rotacrest Hall on June 14.

It was the Creston-Kootenay Foundation’s 2013 grants presentation night. Those present included representatives of grant recipients, donors to the CKF, invited guests, members of the CKF’s board and volunteers who helped to make the evening enjoyable (including five Prince Charles Secondary School students).

With MC Tina Rake calling the roll, CKF president Larry Brierley presented cheques to this years successful applicants for the foundation’s help. They included the Riondel and District Curling Club ($3,000), Creston Museum and Archives ($370), public health nurses ($500, from the Sommerfeld fund) and the Creston Ministerial Association ($500, for ophthalmological and dental services for the needy).

Others recipients were the Creston Valley Hospice Society ($1,500), Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors ($4,000), Swan Valley Lodge ($1,200), Wildsight ($600), Creston Valley Community Greenhouse ($229), Therapeutic Riding Program ($5,000), West Creston Fire Protection Society ($1,800) PCCS scholarship ($500), Creston Valley Music Teachers Association ($500) and College of the Rockies firefighters certificate ($1,000).

Following the presentations, Brierley thanked the many donors of door prizes for the evenings’ event. He also thanked Regional District of Central Kootenay directors Larry Binks, John Kettle and Garry Jackman for their recognition and support of the CKF and its efforts to improve the quality of life in there areas. And he paid tribute to his fellow board members for the intelligence and had work they displayed in making the evening possible and for the improvements they bring to the CKF and its service area.

He congratulated the recipients of this year’s grants, saying that they represented the wide variety of dedicated volunteers who do what they can to make our community better for its citizens. In that context, he invited more volunteers to join the foundation in one or another of the various roles of community service it offers.

One measure that it had been a successful event was the disclosure that the CKF’s capacity to do good things for its service area next year and for decades to come was that donations and pledges totalling $1,200 were donated to the organization during the evening.