Six Colusa County non-profit groups were named as the 2014 Premier Mushroom Inc. Grant recipients.
Representatives from the groups accepted the awards on January 27, 2015 during the 4th annual Grant Awards Breakfast hosted at the Colusa Business & Visitor Center by Premier Mushrooms Inc. CEO John Ashbaugh.
The awardees which included the Williams Community Center, Arbuckle-College City Fire District, Pierce High School English Department, Friends of Music (Colusa High School), Safe Haven Drop-in Center and the Colusa County Food Basket Association received grants ranging from $100 to $250 each.
For the past four seasons Premier Mushrooms Inc. has partnered with the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce to provide their locally grown mushrooms for sale at the Colusa Farmers Market. One hundred percent of the mushroom sale proceeds benefit the grant fund which is designated for distribution among selected non-profit applicants.
Every Colusa County-based non-profit group is eligible to apply for the grants.
Ashbaugh commented that he and the mushroom farm are pleased to be a part of the Colusa County community. “We believe it is important for businesses here to give back to our community,” he said adding that the grant program is one way that Premier can do that.
This year’s grant recipient brought a variety of projects for consideration. The Williams Community Center’s award will go toward the purchase of a spot light to be used during its community events, Arbuckle-College City Fire District will use the funds to help purchase educational supplies for Fire Prevention Month, Pierce High School’s English Department’s award will help support the purchase of materials needed to meet the California Common Core requirements for 9th grade students, and the Colusa High School Friends of Music award will help with expenses to send two CHS band members to New York City to perform as members of the American Honors Performance Series Concert Band at Carnegie Hall. Band members Thomas Critchfield and Alec Schantz were selected from more than 10,000 high school musicians worldwide who submitted audition tapes.
Schantz were selected from more than 10,000 high school musicians worldwide who submitted audition tapes.
Safe Haven Drop-In Center’s award will provide funding for the Center’s continued effort to bring awareness around mental health and reduce stigma within the community through various outreach efforts. Safe Haven is a peer-supported center for individuals who are in recovery, in need of assistance, or looking to avoid isolation.
The Colusa County Food Basket Association prepares and distributes about 450 holiday food baskets to Colusa County families in need. Their award will be used to support the continuation of this project.