GoG Rotary honors Osborne Trust recipients

       Disbursements of $117,000 to 18 area nonprofit entities were announced Oct. 30 at the Garden of the Gods Rotary's annual luncheon celebrating the William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund.

Front row (from left): Deb Flentje, Mission Medical Clinic; Jean Foran, outgoing Osborne Trust administrator; Melissa Walker, Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG); Juan Collazo, Garden of the Gods Rotary president; Kathy Phillips, Westside Community Center; and Mark Rohlena, Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs. Middle row: Abbey Weilert, Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region; Judi Hesselberg, Little Chapel Food Pantry; Lorri Orwig and Pat Ellis, Silver Key Senior Services; Maryann Stadjuhar, Westside CARES; Jennifer Forbes, Woodland Park Community Cupboard; Amanda Rogers, Community Partnership for Child Development; Barbara Cronin, Mission Medical Clinic; and Nikki Pfeiffer, Multiple Sclerosis Alliance. Back row: Diane Gadd, Westside Community Center; Charles Schroeder, Help the Needy; Ken Hesselberg, Little Chapel Food Pantry; Ted Borden, Community of Caring-Cripple Creek; Lee Patke, Greccio Housing; Nikki McComsey, Kids on Bikes; Marilyn Parker, FOGG; Neal Schuerer and Benjamin Notheis, Glenn Eyrie Eagle Lake.
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       Past presidents of the service club decide on the grants. The money is drawn from a designated portion of the fund's interest earnings. Intended to help the poor on the Westside and in Teller County, the fund was set up in 1985 by the will of William Osborne, a founder of the GoG Rotary. He and Betty owned a Rexall store in Old Colorado City for a number of years.
       A new recipient this year is Glen Eyrie's Eagle Lake component, which will use its $2,500 allocation to work with the Westside Community Center to start a day camp this summer for 150 disadvantaged children, according to Benjamin Notheis, Eagle Lake's associate director.
       Other grantees are:
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, $3,000.
  • Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, $5,000.
  • Catholic Charities' Marian House, $3,000.
  • Community of Caring (Cripple Creek), $10,000.
  • Community Partnership for Child Development, $3,000.
  • Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG), $2,500.
  • Greccio Housing, $5,000.
  • Help the Needy (Woodland Park/Teller County), $6,000.
  • Kids on Bikes, $2,000.
  • Little Chapel Food Pantry (Divide), $4,000.
  • Mission Medical Clinic, $2,000.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Alliance, $7,000.
  • Silver Key Senior Services, $8,000.
  • Westside CARES, $30,000.
  • Westside Community Center, $14,000.
  • Woodland Park Community Cupboard, $10,000.

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