Rum River Foundation presents $4,100 in grants

Seven area organizations will be making the Milaca area a better place after receiving Rum River Community Foundation grants on Saturday, April 26, at the Stone’s Throw Golf Course.
2014 recipients were Page Township, Catholic Charities, Pearl Crisis Center, Milaca Community Education, the Milaca Fine Arts Council, Holiday Helping Hands and the Give Me Five mentoring program.
The Rum River Community Foundation was created to connect people with projects that are important to the community. It provides a way for people to offer gifts to benefit the communities they live, work or retire in or have been a part of. Gifts have been used to build endowment funds or are designated toward a specific community project in Bock, Foreston, Milaca, Pease and the townships of Bogus Brook, Borgholm, Hayland, Milaca and Page. The foundation is affiliated with the Initiative Foundation.
Here’s a snapshot of the grant-funded projects:
Page Township: The foundation presented $1,000 to Page Township to assist with creating an outdoor public space near the Page Town Hall and to offer to the city of Bock to assist them with their park development project by offering to make that a project for the Rum River Community Foundation project fund.
Catholic Charities: The foundation presented $300 to Catholic Charities to assist with their meal site and Meals on Wheels program.
Milaca Fine Arts Council: The foundation presented $300 to the Milaca Fine Arts Council to assist with expanding arts programming.
Holiday Helping Hands: The foundation presented $300 to the Holiday Helping Hands program.
Pearl Crisis Center: The foundation presented $400 for Pearl Crisis Center for the Teens Against Dating Abuse program.
Give Me Five: The foundation presented $400 to the Give Me Five program.
Milaca Community Education: The foundation presented $950 to Milaca Community Education to help with the Pajamarama program.
This is the third year that the Rum River Foundation has made monetary awards to Milaca-area projects and organizations.
The foundation has a nine-member board of directors that includes Ardy Becklin, Gloria MacMillan-Cessna, Dave Dillan, Jeff Larson, Greg Lerud, Pete Pedersen, Bob Sumner, Jennifer Taylor and Lola Vedders. Jerry Jacobson leads the group’s band shell project.