The Lyons Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving, and encourage positive change for the Greater Lyons Area.
With the start of 2013, your Lyons Community Foundation begins its sixth year of giving supported by community events, fundraising and the hard work of many in our community. As we begin planning our work in 2013, we should take time to review our achievements in 2012.
Annual Gala and Grant Award Dinner
In 2012, the LCF received funds from donations and event proceeds.. The Lyons Community Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since our founding in 2007. Financial contributions come from one time gifts to three year pledges of support. The LCF has three primary funds, an endowment fund, a scholarship fund and a general fund.
Lyons Community Foundation Endowment Fund – Grew to over $140,000 in 2012
Our goal is to grow this fund to enable LCF to become self-sustaining and to be able to support larger projects. Every year a portion of donations are allocated to the Endowment fund. In 2012, the endowment fund grew by $12,000.
Scholarship Fund – Scholarships of $2,000 awarded in 2012
In 2012 the LCF endowed the Scholarship fund with an initial investment of $25,000. This will allow the scholarships to continue for many years to come. In 2012, LCF awarded two $1,000 scholarships. The 2012 Recipients were: Emmalee Biesiada majoring in biochemistry and business at the University of Denver and Sean Flynn majoring in broadcast production and digital media at CU, Boulder. These students demonstrate a commitment to the Lyons Community, a diverse range of interests and a passion for the pursuit of learning.
General Fund – Grants of over $49,000 awarded in 2012
Annual Grants are distributed from the general fund. Over the past four years the LCF has awarded over $185,000 in grants, helping to achieve our above mission.
4th Annual Golf Tournament – Over $2,000 raised
Spring/Easter Blood Drive – 36 Blood Donors and 20 Bone Marrow Registrations
Summer Contributors Dinner – Held at the Lyons Farmette – Over $17,000 raised
Highway 36 Adopt-a-Mile – Annual Clean Up Day
5th Annual Gala and Grants Dinner – Over $14,000 raised – Sold out in One Day!
Annual Lyons Community Foundation Grant ProgramDuring the annual Gala and Grants Dinner, the LCF awarded 24 grants equaling just over $35,000. The following community organizations and programs received grant funding in 2012:
Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission: Public Art. Award: $3000. To support the Arts and Humanities Commission’s mission to bring the Lyons area community together through the arts by supporting the placement of public art in Lyons.
Lyons 9 Health Fair: 2013 Health Fair. Award: $1000. To improve the quality of life of our Lyons residents, by providing direct and convenient access to free or low-cost health care services, education, screenings, awareness, and opportunities for personal action.
Lyons Community Food Pantry. Award: $5,000. This grant supports the ongoing efforts of the Food Pantry in providing supplemental, healthy food to those in need of food assistance within the greater Lyons community.
Lyons Community Church: Basic Needs and Emergency Fund. Award: $12,000. This fund continues to serve individuals and families with short-term and urgent needs that include assistance with housing and utility related needs, medical emergencies and transportation needs.
The Clarifier Project: 2012-2013 Work Season. Award: $1,000. To support the completion of this public art work unique to Lyons.
Garden Club: 2013 Season Plantings. Award: $1,000. To support the continued beautification of Lyons, for purchase of annuals and perennials to be placed in various locations around town.
Lyons Historical Society: Kids History Camp. Award: $500. To support the continued education of Lyons elementary-age children to learn about their town’s history.
Lyons Historical Society: Redstone Museum Repair Project. Award: $1,500. To purchase equipment and supplies to help protect Museum artifacts and resources.
Lyons High School Booster Club. After Prom Event. Award: $1,000. To support operating expenses for providing a fun, safe, alcohol, and drug free event for students to attend after the annual Prom.
Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden 2013 Fundraising Project. Award: $500. To assist with expenses for the 2013 Annual Fundraiser whose proceeds will go toward the creation of a botanic garden in Lyons.
Sounds of Lyons: 2013 Season Performances. Award: $3,000. To support general operating expenses for this unique music festival that brings innovative collaboration, experiment, and experiences of classical music to the Lyons community.
Town of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board: Noxious Weed and Native Plant Restoration Project. Award: $600. To help eradicate noxious weeds and plant native vegetation in Lyons.
Lyons Youth Baseball and Softball Association 2012-2013 Scholarships.Award: $1,000. This grant will support registration scholarships based on financial need for Lyons youth who wish to play baseball or softball.
Lyons Mountain Bike Racing Club: Team Bike Project. Award: $1,000. To purchase team bikes to be used during the racing season by students who cannot afford bikes of their own but would like the opportunity to participate in the sport.
Lyons Robotic Club: First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. Award: $1,000. To purchase robotic kits and spare parts to design and build a fully functioning robot to enter into the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition.
Friends of the Lyons Depot Library: Library Architectural Feasibility Study. Award: $2,000. To advance the planning process for the future of library services in the Lyons area.
Friends of the Lyons Depot Library: Electronic Card Catalog Equipment Project. Award: $5,000. To purchase the necessary equipment to allow the Lyons Depot Library’s collection to be converted to an electronic management system.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Award: $500. To purchase specialized, species-specific, infant formulas for the baby mammals and birds in their care.
Lyons Helping Hands. Award: $500. To support the efforts of volunteer youth and adults undertaking specific projects in the community for people who are experiencing a difficult time or who are physically unable to accomplish basic tasks.
Lyons Elementary School: Technology in the Classroom. Award $1,000. For the purchase of a computer to be used in the first grade classroom.
Lyons Elementary School: Fifth Grade Specialized Chairs. Award: $500. To be used toward the purchase of specialized seating in a fifth grade classroom that is more conducive to learning than standardized chairs.
Lyons Elementary School: Marimba Training. Award: $610. To provide Marimba lessons for the new music teacher to be able to continue the strong tradition of Marimba at Lyons Elementary for grades K thru 5.
Lyons Elementary School: Ukulele Project. Award: $1,500. To expand the music program by purchasing a classroom set of Ukuleles, enabling students to explore a multitude of world music traditions, learn fundamental music literacy skills and carry on the oral tradition of American folk music.
Lyons Elementary School PTO: Love & Logic Training. Award: $1,000. To provide the Lyons Special Education Para Educator with training in the Love and Logic Parenting Course, who in turn will teach the course free of charge to Lyons community parents.
Lyons Area Early Childhood Task Force: Early Childhood Training.Award: $1,500. To support a training program targeting Lyons area families and care providers of children 0 to 3.5 in their healthy cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development.
Lyons Community Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Steve Ralston. Awards: $2,000. This scholarship is given to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a passion for learning and commitment to the Lyons community. In 2012, LCF awarded two scholarships, of $1,000 each, to Emmalee Biesiada majoring in biochemistry and business at the University of Denver and Sean Flynn majoring in broadcast production and digital media at CU, Boulder.
Lyons Community Foundation Fund Raising Opportunities
LCF is grateful for our generous donor community. We are funded by gifts ranging from a few dollars to many thousands. Only with your “Lyon-Hearted” support is the LCF able to obtain its mission and provide grant money to so many worthy projects. We want to express our deepest appreciation to the innumerable volunteers who contribute their valuable time and energy. We especially want to thank our grant recipients, who convert our grants into worthwhile projects, without which the positive changes in our community would not happen. Again, thank you Lyons! You’ve been instrumental in LCF’s success.
LCF Advisory Board 2012: Liz Erley, Roger Flynn, Clark Hodge, Alison Jennings, Pat Journeay, Monica McGuckin, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Debbie Simms, Lori Stott, and Kenyon Waugh.
LCF Advisory Board 2013: Crystal DeCoster, Kris Donohoe, Liz Erley, Roger Flynn, Clark Hodge, Alison Jennings, Jonathan LaCrosse, Monica McGuckin, Monique Sawyer-Lang, and Debbie Simms.