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Horizons committee receives ‘Giving Award’

The Orrin and Eleanora Webb 2017 Community Giving Award was given to (L-R) three members of the Grangeville Horizons Recreation committee. Honored with the award were (L-R) 
Cathy Wassmuth, Karen Ruklic and 
Terra Hill.

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The Orrin and Eleanora Webb 2017 Community Giving Award was given to (L-R) three members of the Grangeville Horizons Recreation committee. Honored with the award were (L-R) Cathy Wassmuth, Karen Ruklic and Terra Hill.



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Grangeville schools music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen demonstrates the difference between well-working and poor performing instruments. She was a grant recipient and will use funds to repair instruments in Grangeville schools.

— “This is the most rewarding part about being involved with Grangeville Community Foundation – giving out grants to the organizations and people who are doing amazing things in our community,” said John Bennett.

Bennett is on the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) board, which held its 2017 grant awards program Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. This is the third year for the grant cycle. The event was sponsored by Avista Utilities and catered by Superior Events Catering.

“I like to think of us as the United Way of Grangeville,” Bennett said. “The money we grant was collected within our community and is used by our community.” He went on to explain that GCF is an endowment whose funds are professionally managed by Idaho Community Foundation.

“In 2012 we started with a goal of $100,000,” Bennet said. “Now, in 2017, we have more than $225,000. Just as it is, we will be able to grant out $10,000 a year forever.”

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GCF awards 2017 - John Bennett

Recipients for 2017 included the following:

  • Animal Ark $500: trap, neuter, release and feed program for feral cats
  • Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) $200: purchase customized tablecloth with ARF logo
  • Camas Prairie Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) $200: provide scholarships to MOPS mothers
  • Camas Prairie Preschool $400: purchase classroom computer
  • Cross Over Ministry for Everyone $500: provide funds for everyday human needs
  • Friends of the Centennial Library $1,000: purchase tables and chairs for the Young Adult area
  • GEMS (Grangeville Academic Support Program - GASP) $300: provide snacks for Grangeville After School Program
  • GEMS (Idaho Drug Free Youth - IDFY) $800: provide scholarships for Idaho Drug Free Youth camp
  • GEMS K-5 Music Program $1,000: purchase bass metallophone
  • GEMS Library $500: computer purchase
  • GEMS Physical Education Program $75: three Sport Stack sets
  • GHS English Department $1,000: class sets of books
  • Grangeville Music Department $600: repair school musical instruments
  • Idaho County Veterans Association $200: purchase new hard drives and AV projector
  • The Kids Klub, Inc. $500: support for Missoula Children’s Theatre
  • Opportunities Unlimited, Inc. $300: swimming opportunities for the disabled
  • Partners Inspiring Community Health $200: equipment for Extreme Adventure Club activities

In addition to the regular grant recipients, The Orrin and Eleanora Webb 2017 Community Giving Award was also announced.

This year, the three members of the Grangeville Horizons Recreation committee were honored with the award: Terra Hill, Karen Ruklic and Cathy Wassmuth.

The women have made the Winter Magic tree lighting at Pioneer Park in Grangeville a signature event for the community, adding lights and events each year. The honor came with $250 toward the tree lighting efforts, as well as commemorative crystal plaques for each woman.

“We are honored – it’s been a lot of work, but it would not be possible without the support we have from this community,” Wassmuth said. “It is truly a community inspired event. We have great business help and assistance from community members, too.”

Since the tree lighting took root in 2007, infrastructure to plug in the outlets has been added and a sound system purchased, as well as the continual addition of lights. Currently, money is being raised and saved for lighted paths and arches.

“If you cannot donate funds, that’s OK,” Wassmuth said. “Donate time. We need bodies to help.”

The GCF board consists of Bennett, Jane Spencer, Nadine Knowles, Cristy Imus, Andrea Solberg, Mary Jahn and Kristi Brooks. For information on how to give, or to learn more about the next grant cycle, log onto www.idcomfdn.org/gcf/homepage; or e-mail grangevillecommunityfoundation@gmail.com.



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