“100 Women Who Care About Chadron” awards grants to local organizations

The non-profit Circle of Light cancer support program at Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services is this year’s recipient of a $10,000 grant from the 100 Women Who Care About Chadron organization.

Circle of Light received the most votes at last week’s annual meeting from among five groups that submitted applications this year.

Bands on Bordeaux summer concert series of the Chadron Chamber of Commerce received the second-highest vote total and will receive a smaller grant.

The amount won’t be known until the final amount raised by 100 Women is determined.

The group meets annually to pick one local non-profit for a $10,000, based on a $100 donation from the original 100 members. With membership now over 150, enough money is raised to help a second non-profit.

In its first 3 years, 100 Women gave $39,900 to programs that raise suicide awareness, address mental health in schools, provide personal backpacks for foster children, and work on bringing the Cowboy Trail the rest of the way to Chadron. .

Circle of Light was founded in 2009 and gives up to $3,000 in assistance to cancer patients in Dawes, Sioux, Sheridan and Box Butte counties. It receives $70-90,000 in requests each year, but fundraising was scaled back last year by the pandemic.

Bands on Bordeaux, which completes its seventh year this Thursday, moved this year to Railroad Park and will use the 100 Women grant for improvements that include grass, trees, shrubs, fencing, and lighting.

The Chamber of Commerce, the city, and Nebraska Northwestern Railroad have agreed to revitalize the park to include a permanent stage, picnic pavilion, kids spaces, and an exhibit on Chadron’s railroad history.

Also competing for 100 Women awards this year were the Chadron Public School Foundation, Chadron Sharks Swim Team, and Friends of Pets.

The Foundation wants to establish a scholarship fund for low-income minority Chadron High graduates to enroll in a trade school or either a 2-year or 4-year college.

The Swim Team sought a grant to buy a timing system for the Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Center so it can host meets.

Friends of Pets asked for money to help cover the cost of fostering, vaccinating and spaying and neutering the animals it offers for adoption – about $234 per animal.

Women can join 100 Women as individuals or as a team of up to 4 split the $100 donations. Membership forms are online at https://100womenofchadron.weebly.com/.

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