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In 33rd year, Osborne Trust gives area charities $110K

       Through the stewardship of a board of trustees from the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club, grants from the Osborne Trust Fund have been disbursed on an annual basis since 1985 to nonprofit groups that aid the needy.


These are the only known photos of Bill (top) and Betty Osborne.
Courtesy of Bonnie & Harold Smith (Bill); and Jim High (Betty)

       The 33rd annual awards, totaling $110,300, were presented at a luncheon Oct. 31. A total of 28 entities received monetary help for assistance efforts.
       The Colorado Springs Westside is home to three of the recipients: Westside CARES, which provides temporary aid to people in an area west of I-25; the Westside Community Center, which offers programs, classes, events and a range of services; and Diakonia, a preschool for low-income families, located in the center.
       According to the Garden of the Gods Rotary, the fund was established through the will left by the late Bill Osborne, an Old Colorado City pharmacist who had joined the club in 1951 and served as president in 1960-1961. He and his wife Betty both died in 1985.
       “Having no children of their own, the Osbornes decided that since they had made their wealth on the Westside of Colorado Springs, their money should be returned to the Westside to help the needy,” reads a Rotary written statement.

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