Directors of the Maple Ridge Community Foundation with a big cheque for $5

Maple Ridge Community Foundation gives thousands to city groups

The Maple Ridge Community Foundation presented $32,500 in grants to 15 community groups in a ceremony at The Act on Thursday.




Hungry kids were the big winners when the Maple Ridge Community Foundation gave grants to community groups on Thursday night.

In a ceremony at The Act, the foundation presented the representatives of 15 non-profit and charitable organizations with oversize cheques, and grants totaling $32,500.

Of those, six grants totaling $17,000 were for school meal programs that provide breakfast and/or lunch to children in the city.

The MC for the evening was former mayor Ernie Daykin, who also chairs the grants committee. He said the foundation received requests for support that totaled $140,000.

“It was no easy task for the grants committee to work through these applications,” he said.

He noted that the committee originally had $22,500 to work with, but Ian Speckman of Maple Ridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge came through with a $10,000 donation that allowed the foundation to offer more school meal programs support.

2016 is the 40th anniversary year for the foundation, and it put together a legacy capital campaign has raised $250,000 for all of its initiatives. It happened “with the help of a lot of people who believe in giving back to the community,” noted director Bonnie Telep.

There were some major donations, including Ron and Alma Jones of West Coast Ford donated $50,000, Norm and Betty Pelton donated $25,000, Johnson Meier Insurance $20,000.

“We’re doing awesome,” said Telep.

President Monica Hampu said it was a banner year for the organization.

“We had a goal to raise $200,000 by the end of the year, and we actually achieved and surpassed the goal,” she said. “And it was a very ambitious goal.”

“We also tried to raise a lot of awareness in the community, because a lot of people don’t know who we are, and the many things we do,” added Hampu.

“Besides the grants we give scholarships, and we help people in need through the community chest – neighbours helping neighbours.”

For more about the foundation see www.mrcf.ca.

 

The list of grants recipients included:

 

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