Rotary honors Osborne recipients

       Recipients of Osborne Trust grants for 2008 took turns expressing their gratitude at the annual awards luncheon of the Garden of the Gods Rotary Nov. 11.
Representatives of the agencies receiving Osborne Trust grants for 2008 are shown after the annual Gardens of the Gods Rotary luncheon in their honor Nov. 11. Front row (from left) Patty Metrolis, Community Cupboard; Leslie Wirpsa, Pikes Peak Community Action Agency; Sheri Kaufman, Children’s Literacy Center; Marcella Ruch, Mission Medical Clinic; Mirri Kusterle, Community Partnership Family Resource Center. Middle row (from left): Kathy Blough, Woodland Park Community Cupboard; Mary Gonzales, Help the Needy (Woodland Park); Ruth Hjelmstad, Mission Medical Clinic; Mary Bielz, Community of Caring (Cripple Creek); Diana Allen, Community Partnership; Liz Wolf, Assistance League of Colorado Springs; Nancy Chapparo, Assistance League. Back row (from left): Jim Faber, Pikes Peak Community Action Agency; Steve Brown, Westside CARES; David Shaffer, Silver Key Senior Services; Jason Christensen, Catholic Charities; Ken Hesselberg, Little Chapel of the Hills Food Pantry (Divide).
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       In all, $131,500 was awarded to 14 entities that help the needy in an area of the Westside and Ute Pass as defined in the will that set up the William & Betty Osborne Trust Fund in 1985.
       “Money from the Osborne Trust is a keystone of our work,” said Steve Brown, director of Westside CARES. “It's of huge importance to us and we're deeply appreciative of it.”
       “We're tickled and honored to be here,” said Marcella Ruch of the Mission Medical Clinic, which provides free medical aid to people in Colorado Springs ages 18- 64 without health insurance. The luncheon also gave her a chance to meet people from other charities. “There are two ladies at my table who didn't even know we existed,” Ruch added, happily.
       Several of the agencies reported increases in people seeking their help, so the award from the Osborne Trust was particularly welcome. “We're up 25 percent,” noted Jim Faber, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, which also operates the Billie Spielman Center for seniors at the West Center, “so this couldn't come at a better time.”
       The Osbornes ran a pharmacy for many years in Old Colorado City, with Bill Osborne also helping start the Garden of the Gods Rotary and Pikes Peak National Bank. “He was one Rotarian who wanted to serve his little community as well as the greater community,” said Jean Foran, who administers the fund. “He entrusted his funds to the Rotary because he knew they would be handled appropriately.”
       Under the terms of the will, the money for the annual stipends comes from interest earned from the trust fund. Past presidents of the Garden of the Gods Rotary decide who to award grants to and in what amounts.
       Recipients for all the award-receiving agencies were present except the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, which was unable to attend after sending in an RSVP.
       One of the recipients is Westside-based Silver Key Senior Services, which received $25,000 from the fund this year (a list of the award recipients in the Nov. 6 Westside Pioneer mistakenly showed Silver Key's grant as $5,000).

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