GoG Rotary to present Osborne grants

       The Garden of the Gods Rotary Club will present its annual William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund grants at a luncheon meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11.
       A total of 16 grants will be given out this year, according to Jean Foran, the club's Osborne Trust administrator. The total available for 2008 was $131,500 - interest from the fund created in the will left by long-time Old Colorado City pharmacist Bill Osborne after his death in 1985.
       The fund is used each year to help the needy in a geographically defined area of the Westside and Ute Pass. “We're all very blessed the Osbornes did this,” Foran said. “It makes the Garden of the Gods Rotary unique.”
       All the grant recipients are invited to have lunch at noon with the Rotarians Nov. 11, after which the awards will be presented.
       Three new recipients this year are the Children's Literacy Center, which is also receiving separate Rotary assistance; the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, which supports the church-based Westside CARES (a regular fund recipient); and a Catholic Charities element working with the Marion House that will use its grant to buy food and supplies for the homeless, Foran said.
       Each year, near the beginning of summer, the Rotary publicizes a request for grant applications. The disbursements are determined - also based on stipulations in Osborne's will - by a committee consisting of the past 10 presidents of the Garden of the Gods Rotary.
       Here are this year's disbursements:
       Assistance League of Colorado Springs (Project School Bell), $5,000.
       Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region (healthy snacks), $3,000.
       Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs (emergency services), $6,000.
       Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs (Marion House), $5,000.
       Community of Caring Cripple Creek (food and shelter), $10,000.
       Children's Literacy Center (tutoring books), $5,000.
       Community Partnership Family Resource Center (healthy snacks), $2,500.
       Help the Needy (emergency lodging), $3,000.
       Little Chapel of the Hills (food products), $4,000.
       Mission Medical Clinic (medical care), $3,000.
       Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado (medication, exercise), $10,000.
       Pikes Peak Community Action Agency (emergency assistance), $10,000.
       Silver Key (Meals on Wheels), $5,000.
       Westside Cares (rents, pharmacies), $30,000.
       Woodland Park Community Cupboard (food, rent, utilities), $10,000.

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