June 5 Awards Night will celebrate banner year

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

COQUITLAM – Setting another record for charitable disbursements. Establishing a major new philanthropic fund. Reaching an all-time high in its managed endowment.

All these and much more will be celebrated as the Coquitlam Foundation stages its annual Awards Night on the evening of June 5 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Throughout the evening, the foundation will distribute grants, scholarships and bursaries totaling $84,000 to worthy individuals, students and local non-profit organizations. Including the $39,000 in grants and bursaries already handed out during the 12 months since the last Awards Night, the foundation will have distributed $123,000 over the past year—a record amount.

“It’s extremely gratifying for our board to see the support the foundation has received in recent years—support that has enabled us to continue increasing the amount we can give to qualifying groups and individuals in our community,” says board chair Julie Fisher.

Fisher noted that the foundation now manages an endowment worth $2.7-million, a record amount reached by a combination of new contributions to the foundation and its funds and by careful stewardship of existing funds.

And the good news just keeps on coming with the announcement of the establishment this month of the Della and Cam Grant Fund. Seeded with an initial deposit of $50,000, the fund aims to meet a wide-ranging list of needs of Tri-Cities-area residents.

The fund is designed to help: armed-services veterans; children to enjoy sport; women and children living in poverty; persons living in poverty or on the street; and children with life-threatening medical conditions. As well, financial assistance will be provided to support pet-friendly needs where applicable.

Fund founder Della Grant, 74, says the decision to establish the fund, which is named after her late husband and herself, is her way of thanking the many local residents who supported their organic-produce and pumpkin-patch business for more than two decades in Port Coquitlam. “It’s the people in this community who have been my customers,” she says, “and I felt I wanted to give back. And I wanted to do it while I was still around to see it.”

The Awards Night begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., including appetizers and refreshments. The foundation wishes to thank Woody’s on Brunette for being the evening’s event sponsor.

Presentations will begin at 7 p.m., with board member Terry O’Neill acting as MC and fellow directors Janet Toddington and Sam Nakai presenting the awards. (A full list of recipients will be published on the foundation’s website soon after the awards night.) Speeches from past recipients, always a highlight, will also be heard.

As well, the evening will include performances by students from Summit Middle School and by members of ACRiX (Applied Circus, Radically eXtreme), a Gymnastics BC program that combines circus arts with gymnastics in order to offer a fun and extreme physical activity to youth.

It’s all happening at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. The public is invited to attend the Awards Night, but individuals and groups are asked to preregister by sending a message to Executive Director Dale Clarke at dclarke@coquitlamfoundation.com.

The foundation always welcomes donations to its foundation-directed or donor-advised funds. Please visit our website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com, for more details. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

Contact:

Executive Director Dale Clarke: 604.468.2077 or info@coquitlamfoundation.com

Further Quotes:

“I wanted to thank you again for awarding me one of the James Gordon Stewart Scholarships last year. This scholarship helped me to start taking the courses for the degree I wished to pursue. I have become a much-more curious individual who is exploring all of the opportunities available. You have given me an invaluable taste into my near future, for which I am incredibly thankful.”

–2013 scholarship recipient Selina Intile, now a student at Simon Fraser University

“”Ï wanted to thank you again for the scholarship from the Coquitlam Foundation. I have had a great first year at Dartmouth, met incredible professors, and am passionate about the majors I plan on pursuing. I am continuing to challenge myself at college, both in and out of the classroom. Life at college is stimulating; I definitely feel lucky to be here. Thank-you again for selecting me as a recipient.”

–2013 bursary winner Ke Deng, now a student at Dartmouth University