After two years of not connecting with our community physically, the Lyons Community Foundation Advisory Board was thrilled to see everyone at the Sandstone Concert Series and at the Hootenanny this past summer.
Thank you to all who came out and supported us. It was great to see you!
Community Support Grants
Fall is a busy time of year for the Lyons Community Foundation! Our Community Support Grants committee has been busy reviewing sixteen grant requests. Thanks to supporters like you, the LCF Advisory Board was able to allocate up to $35,000 this year for community projects...up from $31,000 last year. We couldn't do it without your support!
Your donations at work! Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission
The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission put your dollars to work thanks to two grants they received in 2020. One grant was for the Creative Outlets program, which intends to beautify Lyons one utility box at a time. The other grant was for the heARTS of Lyons program, which rents sculptures from Colorado artists and installs them in public places for two years at a time.
The Creative Outlets program
Here below are two photos of utility boxes that have been painted recently to tell a story about their environment as part of the Creative Outlets program for which the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission was granted $2,000.
Ryan Sohlden is shown here painting a utility box in Lavern M.Johnson Park. He researched his subject at the Lyons Redstone Museum to determine the exact train that came into Lyons, and the look of the tickets. Sohlden put the name and birthdate of Edward Lyons on the train ticket.
Lyons artist, Hannah Finch Philips, with her painted utility/electrical box in Lavern M.Johnson Park.
The heARTS of Lyons program
Here is another example of a grant awarded last year to the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission for their sculpture program, heARTS of LYONS, An Art Collection All Over Town. Check out the walking tour for this public art collection on the clio app. You can see this particular piece right at the corner of 36 and Main Street, outside of the St.Vrain Market.
Neil Sullivan of the St.Vrain Market, Deli & Bakery cuts the ribbon the day the sculpture was installed outside his store. Looking on is artist, Jon Corson-Rikert.
Your donations at work! Sandstone Concert Series
Thanks to your contributions, LCF was able to grant enough money to the Town of Lyons so that eight local bands could perform at Sandstone Park every week through July and August at no cost to the public. LCF Advisory Board members were thrilled to connect with you at our popcorn and lemonade stand. Thanks to your support, LCF was able to raise $4,774.75 for this year's grant cycle.
What a great way to bring together the community and support local musicians!
The Hootenanny at River Bend: $23K raised for LCF and LEAF
The Lyons Community Foundation and the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund partnered to bring the community a FUN family-friendly event at the end of summer. After 18 months of no community events or fundraisers, locals proved that they were ready to come together again and celebrate. Thanks to River Bend, we were able to hold many activities simultaneously in a beautiful setting along the St.Vrain River. Thanks to all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers, we were able to throw a big party for the community. Thanks to your participation and support, we were able to raise $23,000 for LCF and LEAF. THANK YOU!!
Tricia Marsh, chair of LEAF and Jeanne Moore, chair of LCF introduce the Blue Canyon Boys
In total, 17 teams participated in the Corn Hole Tournament. What a setting!
Thanks to the Lyons Leos and the Lyons Firefighters, everyone was able to enjoy the much anticipated duck race.
Scholarships: Can you help us send more seniors to college?
Josie Wratten, Chair of the LCF Scholarship Committee would like to help more Seniors attend college. In May, 2021 the LCF awarded $7500 in scholarships to six Lyons area graduating seniors. To date, $64,500 in scholarship funds have been awarded to 64 college bound students. We would love to help send more students to college. How about you?
Can you help us send 10 high school seniors to college in 2022?