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Community Foundation hands out $95,000

Written by Grace Protopapas on Thursday, 06 November 2014

The Kenora Circus Kids demonstrate their skills while accepting their donation last night at the granting ceremony.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation held their granting ceremony last night. The foundation gave out $95,000 to various charities and organizations in the region.

Rook Pitura from Kenora Circus Kids spoke about one of the things they did with the last donation they received.

“You know at the end of the day who doesn’t like the circus? We have lots of fun with it and one of the really interesting things that we received in the past that let us do this year was go down to Atikokan. Went down for two days. We had about 30 kids who participated, learned how to do circus skills and at the end we did a complete show. We were also able to leave them some equipment,” he said.

Lynn Halley accepted $2,000 for the Lake of the Woods Museum. She spoke about what they’ll be doing with the money.

“We have made the decision to use this year’s gift from the foundation and the Hartley and Heather Richardson Community Fund to create and share a new exhibit called Something Old, Something New. As you may have guessed it’s about wedding dresses, photos and stories about Kenora’s brides and grooms over the last 14 decades,” she said.

Karen Campbell accepted more than $2,100 on behalf of the Minto Parent Child Resource Centre. She spoke about some of the programs they run to help local families.

“We presently have 130 families on our list. We provide several avenues for people to access our food programs depending on their needs. The most used program is the breakfast coupons. Families purchase a Coupon for $2, take it to No Frills and get a loaf of bread, 2 L of milk and a dozen eggs,” she said.

Snooki the dog impresses the crowd while President of It’s a Dog’s Life Chris Madison accepts a cheque.

2014 Community Foundation Grant recipients:

Andrew Paterson Family Fund: (total grant $13,000)
– Salvation Army Food Hamper Program, $2,500
– Jubilee Church, $2,500
– Minto Parent Child Resource Centre, $1,666
– Triple PLAY, $1,667
– Kenora Circus Kids, $1,667
– Evergreen Public School Food Program, $1,500
– Pope John Paul II School Food Program, $1,500

Canadian Pacific and Kenora Employees Community Fund: (total grant $7,000)
– Evergreen Community Club, $1,000
– Central Community Club, $1,000
– Rideout Community Club, $1,000
– Slavation Army Food Bank, $2,000
– Pinecrest Meals on Wheels/Club Day Away, $500
– Minto Parent Resource Centre, $500
– Kenora Fellowship Centre, $500
– Opening our Doors/Knox United Church, $500

Anonymous Donors for Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls: (total grant $7,987)
– 2015 Moose and Fiddle Festival, $1,038
– Nestor Falls Public Library, $4,233
– Nestor Falls Softball League, $2,716

Bryce and Nicki Douglas Family Fund: (total grant $500)
– It’s a Dog’s Life, $500

Knights of Columbus Father Lacombe Council 2806: (total grant $2,250
– St. Thomas Aquinas High School/student bursaries, $1,000
– St. Thomas Aquinas High School/OFSAA girls hockey tournament, $1,250

Hartley and Heather Richardson Community Fund: (total grant $10,000)
– Lake fo the Woods District Hospital Foundation, $4,000
– City of Kenora Public Library, $2,000
– Lake of the Woods Museum, $2,000
– Agape Table/Knox United Church, $2,000

Jim and Leney Richardson Community Fund: (total grant $19,600)
– LakeRun Kenora, $2,000
– St. Thomas Aquinas High School/OFSAA girls hockey tournament, $2,500
– Anishinaabe Cultural and Language Support Centre, $3,500
– Kenora Fellowship Centre, $5,000
– Kenora Special Olympics $2,100
– Kenora Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force, $2,500
– Opening our Doors/Knox United Church, $2,000

Community Foundation Endowment Fund: (total grant $35,352)
– Onigaming Animal Control, $2,500
– Kenora Tennis, $10,872
– St. Thomas Aquinas High School/OFSAA girls hockey tournament $2,500
– Anishinaabe Cultural and Language Support Centre, $3,500
– Habitat for Humanity, Kenora Chapter, $5,000
– Kenora Fellowship Centre, $5,000
– Kenora Special Olympics, $2,100
– Opening our Doors/Knox United Church, $2,680
– Making Kenora Home Charitable Services, $1,200

The St. Thomas Aquinas hockey team accepts a donation for their upcoming OFSAA tournament. – See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10804&Itemid=160#sthash.HMUbLo72.dpuf

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