Civic Foundation awards grants

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The civic and cultural community of Golden glowed a little brighter last week after the Golden Civic Foundation handed out its annual grant awards.

Representatives from the 35 recipient organizations, from the American Alpine Club to the Welchester Elementary School, attended the awards luncheon at the Golden Hotel on Feb. 4.

Civic Foundation Chair David Anderson thanked the city’s business community, crediting the 23 businesses that helped sponsor the group’s annual fundraising gala in November that raised more

than $75,000.

“That’s a big leap in sponsors. In years past we’ve been down around 15,” Anderson said.

And then it was time for the recipients to express their thanks to the foundation, and to give a brief description of how the money will better the community.

Foothills Art Center Director Reilly Sanborn said last year’s grant allowed the center to bring in the world-famous Chihuly glass exhibit, resulting in a 700-percent boost to attendance.

“All of that allowed us to bring in Degas this year,” Sanborn said, adding that the 2013 grant would go toward further upgrades to make the Foothills Art Center ready for such big art exhibits.

Multiple tenants of the American Mountaineering Center received grants: the American Alpine Club Library to put their database online; a new computer for the American Mountaineering Museum;

goodies including a hand cranked ice cream making machine for the Colorado Trail Foundation volunteers; field supplies and tents for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and funding for the youth education program run by the

Colorado Mountain Club.

Another large category of grants went toward education and local schools.

“When I got here seven years ago, I was amazed that such an organization existed,” said Shelton Elementary Principal Peggy Griebenow, calling the community

support incredible.

Griebenow said her school would reinstitute their Junior Grade Books reading program back to the classrooms thanks to the grant money.

Mitchell Elementary Principal Samantha Hollman said her school would use the money to purchase iPads to help their language learners and special

education students.

“This is a great way through technology to touch those lives,” Hollman said.

Golden Police and Fire departments also received grants, funding the annual National Night Out event in Parfet Park, and a portable defibrillation kit. First-time grant recipients included the Outdoor Lab Foundation, which received financial help to keep the sixth-grade student program open and available to county students.

The Golden Civic Foundation was founded in 1970, and has distributed more than $2.5 million to local organizations since then. A full list of this year’s grant recipients is available here.