District 17 Charity Grants from the ACBL Charity Foundation 

ACBL Charity Foundation has made substantial contributions to a wide range of charitable organizations since 1964.  Starting in 2005, the Foundation began issuing grants to districts rather than granting one $100,000 contribution to a national Charity of the Year.

Karin Kelsey, former D17 board member and D17 Charity Chairman, enthusiastically worked with Units to define potential recipients for 2015.  Over 25 charities were nominated.  Seven were choosen to receive $4,300, a difficult process because all the charities are worthy causes.   

The charities selected were Assistance League of El Paso (TX), Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Las Cruces (NM), Verde Valley Sanctuary, Sedona (AZ), Hospice of Yuma, (AZ), La Familia, Farmington(NM), the Food Bank, Fort Collins (CO) and  St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry, Boulder (CO).

Some units had special presentations with publicity.

Sedona, Arizona Unit 355 had a Charity Game along with a raffle and raised an additonal $1,200 for the Verde Valley Sanctuary, which offers a variety of  programs related to helping people who have been affected by family violence or sexual assault. An article appeared in the Feb. 11th Red Rock News with pictures of the check presentation and winners of the raffle for bridge lessons with Linda and Robb Gordon. D17 Board Member Robb Gordon presented the check to Barry Maketansky.

Community Enterprise Coordinator for the Verde Valley Sanctuary

Yuma Unit 358 President David Sussman presented the charity check to the Hospice of Yuma  President Glen Moss and John Williams, Hospice of Yuma executive director.  The Hospice of Yuma provides compassionate care for terminally ill patients and their families. An article and photos appeared in the Yuma Sun.

Las Cruces Unit 355 President Dave Gose and unit members Christina Little, Evelyn Colson and Patsy Hackler presented Community of Hope Executive Director Nicole Martinez with the $4,300 check.  Mesilla Valley Community of Hope is an alliance of agencies on one campus that addresses homelessness and poverty in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. The funds from the ACBL Charity Foundation will be used to support the Veteran’s Housing Program.

Boulder Unit 359 President Ellen Vineski presented the ACBL Charity Foundation Check to Sally Bowersox, Executive Director of St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry on February 28 at the 10th Annual Heart Art Fundraiser. St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry provides no-cost, basic health care to medically underserved and under insured adults.  






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