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Nonprofits receiving grants from Sun Lakes Charitable Trust set up displays in the main clubhouse ballroom, including San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, at left, and Kids Cures Foundation.

Sun Lakes Charitable Trust distributes nearly $100k

More than 20 nonprofit organizations that provide services around the San Gorgonio Pass area reaped the benefits from fundraising events during a weeklong effort last June by the residents of Sun Lakes Country Club.

At a ceremony Tuesday evening in the main clubhouse ballroom, the Sun Lakes Charitable Trust gave away more than $90,000, for combined contributions of $98,500 so far through this year, and more than $1.7 million to assist other nonprofits since the trust’s inception.

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Representatives from the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Chaplaincy chat at their table.

David Kealy, president of the Sun Lakes Charitable Trust, noted that it is the third year in a row the organization has distributed more than $100,000.

Kealy has explained to recipients in the past that the trust does not publicly disclose the amount each charity receives.

Among those benefitting this year:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass, which will use its proceeds to send kids to leadership retreats.

• Cultural Alliance will sponsor ongoing art instruction for youth, and provide funding for kids to attend an art summer camp.

• California Highway Patrol received funds to assist with uniforms and competition sponsorship for its Explorer program and senior volunteer program.

• Carol’s Kitchen, a predominant soup kitchen that for 21 years has served hot meals six times a week at three locations in the Pass area will be able to continue their mission to feed the hungry.

• Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation received funds to sponsor scholarships, and assist with offset the costs of some student services.

• San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital-Chaplaincy provides patients with bibles, booklets to help people deal with grief, and provides bus tickets for those who normally could not afford to get to and from rehabilitation programs.

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The California Highway Patrol will use funds to sponsor Explorer and senior volunteer programs.

• Banning Senior Center provides nearly 800 meals a month to seniors.

• Friends of the Banning Library is helping fund acquisition of computer equipment and historic preservation materails.

• The Unforgettables Foundation ensures that parents who lose children prematurely, who would not usually have the resources to bury their children, can provide dignified burials.

• Kids Cures Foundation helps thousands of people meals through the Feeding America program, and provides care packages for young cancer patients.

• Pass Jobs Connection assists homeless individuals, ex-felons, former inmates and others who lack the resources or knowledge to apply for jobs, practice interview skills, and work on resumes.

• Childhelp Merv Griffin Village, a foster care agency, will be able to continue to provide brand new bikes for children who end up at their facility, and suitcases for their belongings.

• The Arc of Riverside, which provides day services and advocacy for adults with special needs, will use funds to acquire materials that help their clients work on life skills.

• San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation expects to use its donation to purchase a carbon dioxide monitor for the hospital for post-surgery patients.

• The San Gorgonio Education Foundation will channel its grant to fund programs and projects that request funding through the Banning Unified School District to enhance opportunities for student learning.

• HELP Inc. (Hope, Empathy, Love & Prayer) will be able to continue providing services as a food pantry in Banning.

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Amy Herr, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass, talks to visitors about her organization’s programs.

• Habitat For Humanity will use its funding to purchase materials for use in their Brush With Kindness home rehabilitation programs.

• Tender Loving Critters, a pet rescue organization, will use funds to team up with another nonprofit (Animal Action League) to provide low-cost microchipping services for pet owners in the Pass area.

• Table of Plenty will use its resources to continue providing soup kitchen services for nearly 250 guests a day.

• The American Association of University Women will sponsor middle school girls to attend a conference where students are introduced to potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math at Mt. San Jacinto College.

• The VFW will be able to continue helping veterans who struggle with utility, medical and credit card bills, and assist in purchasing groceries.


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CV resident

Is there a link to Sun Lakes Charitable Trust that lists their grants?

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