Golden Link, Villa St. Vincent, CYSA and Aquatic Boosters all receive grants

The Crookston Area Community Fund board met Thursday evening to disperse checks to grant recipients and give updates on their budget. Mayor Dave Genereux started off the meeting by handing out checks to the Golden Link Senior Center and the Villa St. Vincent. They were two of four grant recipients.

The Golden Link Senior Center, represented by Patty Dillabough, received $1,700 to go towards a new refrigerator/freezer. Amanda and Peggy Wangen were present to accept a $500 check for the Villa St. Vincent to go towards a new blanket warmer. The other two recipients were the Crookston Youth Soccer Association who received money for new nets and the Crookston Aquatic Boosters who received money for a new timer to be used during triathlons.

Present at the meeting was Mayor Genereux, Angel Hoeffner, Andrew Svec, Dale Knotek, Jim Snyder, Dennis Koch and Patty Dillabough sat in after receiving the check for the Golden Link.

Mayor Genereux asked Dillabough, "How easy was it to sign up for the grant? Did you find enough information OK online?" Dillabough replied, "I'm not a grant writer, but I've done a few now and gotten them. Everything I found seemed to work out." Genereux mentioned that there were seven requests for the grant and four were awarded. Andrew Svec added, "That's some pretty good odds." Angel Hoeffner said, "I think we covered a wide range of the community awarding grants to activities and senior programs."

The board ended their meeting discussing a recruitment of new members, possibly someone from the Early Childhood area. They are also looking for new ideas for raising money. They mentioned that the All-School Reunion happening in 2014 might be very beneficial for the community.

The Crookston Area Community Fund's main goal is to "support charitable, educational and public purpose projects that will enhance or improve the quality of life for residents and/or visitors of the Crookston area."

"The fund is unique because it invests in creative ideas identified by friends, neighbors and residents of Crookston and the surrounding area to enhance our current and future quality of life. All donated gifts stay local, helping to improve and sustain Crookston," according to the Northwest Minnesota Foundation website.