The New Year brings some new faces, familiar faces and a renewed energy for local philanthropy. As the go-to source for community inspired giving, The Lyons Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the addition of four new Advisory Board members for 2016. Laura Levy, Toshen (Tosh) Golias, and Dave Lock are new to the board, while Jayne Rhode is reprising her role in service to the Foundation.
Laura Levy has been an active and tireless advocate for flood recovery work since the 2013 floods, and is currently the Manager for the Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group. She is also the chair of the Larimer Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. With a background in marketing and real estate development, she brings tremendous resources and expertise to LCF. Laura lives in Pinewood Springs with her husband Bill and son Wyatt who attends Lyons Elementary School.
Dave Lock originally came to Lyons in 1997 to serve as the Town Administrator. He subsequently has worked in electric utilities and enjoys life in Lyons with his wife and two daughters. Dave and his wife Jennie have been enthusiastic LCF supporters over the years and Dave looks forward to serving on the board. He also serves as Chairman of the Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission.
Tosh Golias describes his connection to Lyons as follows “I still vividly remember driving into Lyons for the first time 25 years ago with my partner, Garima Fairfax, and thinking “Wow, this is the place we’ve been looking for!” Tosh’s commitment to the local community is evident in his participation in Boulder County Leadership Fellows and is dedicated to strengthening neighborhoods as a member of the Lyons Prepared steering committee. He has long been an admirer of the community based project work that LCF supports and is excited to join the Advisory Board.
Jayne Rhode is returning as an LCF board member. Jayne is a long-time contributor to the Lyons community, having arrived in Lyons in 2002 through her career at the Lyons branch of Bank of the West. Over the years, she has served on many boards and committees including LCF and the Lyons Chamber of Commerce. Now that Jayne is retired from the bank, LCF is pleased to welcome her back.
LCF is looking forward to the great work coming up in in the year to come.
With over $42,000 in Community Support Grants recently awarded to 24 inspired projects, community volunteers have their work cut out for them. Artists, musicians, ecologists, educators, health care providers, and caring citizens are coming together in the Lyons area every day to enhance life and give back. Scheduled plans on the horizon include the 9Health Fair in April, continued support of the food pantry, spring volunteer work by the Lyons Leos youth service organization and community events such as the Sandstone Summer Concert Series and the Lyons Film Festival. Stay tuned for more details on the enriching work happening throughout our community.
Rebuild Lyons continues to support Lyons recovery. In 2015, over $95,000 was awarded to the ongoing efforts to rebuild and recover. LCF will continue to support these critical efforts as long as funds are available. The current round of granting for 501-(c)3 status organizations has an application deadline of April 1.
The Lyons Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program is also going strong. Currently accepting applications for area high school seniors, the program will select 7 students to receive $1000 each towards higher education. These awards include the Gerald Boland, Joel Mack, and Steve Ralston Scholarships, an LCF scholarship, and a newly- named award in honor of Uncle Louis “Bud” Winkler. More information and applications are available at the front office at Lyons High School or at: www.lyonscf.org/scholarship-information.
The Lyons Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and encourage positive change in the greater Lyons area. Funds raised through the foundation support programs in our community. The great work is accomplished by the dozens of community volunteers and generous support of local individuals and businesses. A special note of gratitude goes to CEMEX for sponsoring our downtown office and Lyons ReRuns for their sustaining contributions.