2004 Charity Foundation Grant
By Chuck Wilkinson, District 10 Representative to the ACBL Board of Directors
December 28, 2004
Again this year, the Trustees of the ACBL Charity Foundation authorized each member of the ACBL Board of Directors to designate a charity or charities to receive a total of $1,000.00. My usual custom has been to solicit proposals via the D-10 web page and/or the Mid-South Forum for local charities that our members wish to nominate as worthwhile causes for such a grant. Here are the recipients over the last several years:
2000 Ð National Kidney Foundation of Mississippi
2001 Ð Fayette County (Alabama) Christian Center of Concern
2002 Ð None
2003 Ð Senior Companion Program of the New Orleans Council on Aging
This year, I have selected the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Guest House and Cancer Support Center in Little Rock AR as the beneficiary of the grant. The contribution is being made in the memory of Larry Lloyd, a D-10 ACBL member and enthusiastic fan of bridge up until his death several years ago. Larry's wife, Jeanne Lloyd, was the D-10 member who brought this organization to my attention. Her family has already personally donated a bedroom to that facility in Larry's memory.
This Guest House was built by the same folks who built the Ronald McDonald House at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Families of patients at the ACRC on the UAMS campus, or whose children remain in the neonatal intensive care unit at UAMS are given first priority to the rooms.
For years I have lobbied the ACBL Charity Foundation Board of Trustees to increase the size of these grass-roots grants. I am pleased to report that they have agreed to do so. Beginning in 2005, the Charity Foundation will issue $20,000 grants to each district on a 4-year cycle. (Ours will first come in 2007.) The district boards will determine the recipient(s) of these grants.