The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie distributed $102,000 to 19 Grand Prairie, Tex. charities on Tuesday during a brief ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Funds were raised through charitable events in 2003, including $59,000 at the Dec. 6 Mistletoe Ball, an annual social gala for the citizens of Grand Prairie.
The 19 charities to share in the $102,000 were: Arts Council, Grand Prairie, Boy Scouts of America (Circle Ten Council, Troop 507), Brighter Tomorrows, Children First Inc., Crime Stoppers Inc. (Grand Prairie High School, South Grand Prairie High School), Crisis Pregnancy Center of Grand Prairie, Deloach Kidz, Disabled American Veterans (Chapter 42), Drug Free Youth in Texas, Food and Clothing Assistance Co-op, Friends of the Grand Prairie Library Inc., KIDS in Need of Clothing, Woman's Club of Grand Prairie, LifeLine Shelter for Families Inc., Special Olympics Texas Grand Prairie Pride, United Charities, Wellness Center Inc., YMCA.
Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England, a Charitable Foundation board member, made presentations to representatives of the respective charities.
"[Lone Star Park President] Corey Johnsen came up with this idea a few years back so we could give something back to the community," England said. "What a great idea and cause this has turned out to be. To distribute $102,000 to these worthwhile Grand Prairie organizations and their hard-working volunteers is truly an honor."
The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, was established in June 2001 to raise the quality of life for Grand Prairie citizens through numerous fundraising efforts and the promotion of volunteerism. Funds raised are annually distributed to local non-profit organizations through grant applications at year's end.
"In our first year of operation, we were pleased to distribute $60,000 to Grand Prairie charities," Johnsen said. "Through a lot of hard work and the generosity of many people, we were able to substantially exceed that level in 2003."