Lawton Community Foundation gives over $250K to local groups

Lawton Community Foundation gives over $250K to local groups
Lawton Community Foundation trustees Gene Love and Mike Mayhall were on hand to distribute more than $250,000 to local charitable organizations at the annual distribution event Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Lawton Community Foundation trustees Gene Love and Mike Mayhall were on hand to distribute more than $250,000 to local charitable organizations at the annual distribution event Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Lawton Community Foundation trustee Janice Bell presents Giddy Up N’ Go president Nancy Arntz with a $4,325 Community Grant for the organization’s therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with special needs.
Lawton Community Foundation trustee Janice Bell presents Giddy Up N’ Go president Nancy Arntz with a $4,325 Community Grant for the organization’s therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with special needs.

LAWTON, Ok (KSWO) - The Lawton Community Foundation handed out over $250,000 to area non-profit and charitable organizations on Thursday.

Local charitable organizations received $163,042 which was split between 44 recipients. Two other grant programs doled out $89,325 to 22 nonprofits in the area.

According to a press release, the Lawton Community Foundation awarded $44,325 in grants to 10 area charitable organizations through the Community Grants program and $45,000 to 15 nonprofits through the Matching Grants program.

The list of recipients is listed below:

Armed Services YMCA Lawton Fort Sill - $5,000 to support their child care program for civilian and military families.

·         Center for Creative Living - $3,500 to replace and update staff computers.

·         City of Lawton Police Department - $5,000 to send a police executive to the Southern Police Institute for succession planning and training.

·         Giddy Up 'N Go - $4,325 for improvements to horse stalls, grooming supplies, supplements and first aid items.

·         Girl Scouts – Western Oklahoma - $5,000 for their Be a Friend First (BFF) program – a bully prevention program in Lawton Public Schools that provides girls unique, girl-specific strategies to deal with relational aggression.

·         Lawton High School/Lawton Public Schools - $3,000 for the Ignition Freshmen Mentoring program that provides support and guidance to freshmen from upperclassmen, teachers and administrators to increase student success throughout their high school career.

·         Lawton Philharmonic Society - $5,000 to support the Lawton Philharmonic Stop & Smell the Music concert with cellist Nat Chaitkin's Bach & Boombox, a performance that incorporates classical, pop and jazz to create an interesting way to draw students and adults into the world of music.

·         Lawton Public School Foundation - $5,000 for Chromebooks in classrooms to help close achievement gaps by providing students with up-to-date resources.

·         Teen Court - $5,000 for the Delinquency Prevention program that educates and provides first time misdemeanor offenders between the ages of 10 and 18 with a hearing and sentencing from peers.

·         United Way of Southwest Oklahoma - $3,500 for the Success By 6 program that works to ensure all children are ready and able to succeed when they enter school.

Additionally, the Matching Grant program offers up to $3,000 in matching funds for $5,000 in gifts to endowments at the Lawton Community Foundation. Gifts to the following charitable organization endowment funds will be matched through June 30, 2018.

·         Armed Services YMCA Gene Love Endowment Fund

·         Artillery OCS Alumni Chapter

·         Bernice Ford Price Library Endowment

·         Cache School Education Foundation

·         Friends of Ft. Sill

·         Greater Lawton Rotary Club Endowment

·         Kathy Bea Holsinger Reese Memorial Fund – St. Paul's United Methodist Church

·         Lawton AMBUCS Lou Brox Endowment Fund

·         Lawton Food Bank

·         Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra

·         Nell Franklin Scholarship Fund

·         St. John Lutheran Church

·         United States Field Artillery Association Foundation

·         United Way

·         Western Trail Historical Society

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