GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The holiday season is a good reminder to give back to the community. This is also the time of year when the Junior Service League of Grand Junction celebrates giving back with their Annual Awards Grant Ceremony.
Girl Scout troop 2214 opened up the ceremony at the Bookcliff Country Club by singing Christmas carols to the women's group. Then the Junior Service League distributed $40,000 in grant money to different local non-profits. Then they made a special additional donation in honor of the league's 30th anniversary.
"Because it's our 30th anniversary this year, we're also giving $30,000 dollars to the Cancer Support Center for the St. Mary's foundation," says Peggy Wilson, President Jr. Service League.
"This $2,500 grant will provide 1,250 books for our children in the community. We are a 100% non-profit organization so every single dollar received tonight will go towards children's books," says Lindsay Keller, Grand Junction Imagine Library, board member.
The Junior Service League is holding their annual "Viva El Vino" fundraiser April 12th at the Two Rivers Convention Center. That fundraiser, along with others, such as selling their cookbooks, helps the league raise most of the money given away during the grant ceremony dinner.