Young Leaders Award Grants at Fourth Annual Golf Outing

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Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County Award $8,603 in Grants during September 1, 2017 Golf Outing Fundraiser


Mentor, OH  (September 6, 2017) - Young Leaders of  United Way of Lake County (YL) awarded $8,603 in grants the morning of Friday, September 1, 2017 during their fourth annual golf outing at Black Brook in Mentor.

The mission of the Young Leaders is to positively impact the lives of children in Lake County through improved health and education. They work toward this, in part, via the support of 501(c)(3) and nonprofit organizations in Lake County with grants that promote a similar mission geared toward youth. 

A total of twenty-one grant applications were received. “I’m proud that our 2017 grant allocation cycle received so many applications. We are honored to serve our community and we look forward to the impact this will have,” said YL chair, Gary Caluducan,

Funds were awarded to agencies and organizations whose programs directly impact the lives of youth in Lake County. Recipients included:
 

·         Madison Local School District- South Elementary: Makerspace Lego Wall Program - $550

·         Lake County YMCA: Hispanic Achievers Program- $1,000

·         Lake County Miracle League: DD Playground & Baseball Field- $1,125

·         LEAF:  L.E.A.V.E.S. Program- $2,928

·         Lake County Collaborative:  Lifelong Learning for Health & Fitness- $3,000
 

“Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County are honored to serve as a resource for critical youth programs in our community. Impacting our youth in the areas of improved health and education is a big part of our mission. We are thrilled to support these five significant programs in Lake County,” said Jodi Matsko, United Way of Lake County Resource Development Manager and YL staff lead.

According to Tom Brew, YL Board Vice Chair and Committee Impact Chair, “We received so many great applications making it a difficult process to choose this year’s winners. Lake County is lucky to have so many dedicated organizations committed to serving children of all ages, and we look forward to expanding our volunteer efforts with the award winners.”

This is the second year the Young Leaders have awarded funds since their inaugural funding cycle last year.

The group was established in 2014 by a core group of United Way volunteers. Their goals include engaging, empowering, mentoring and supporting the youth of our community in the achievement of their goals. This is accomplished through the group’s philanthropic efforts of giving, advocating and volunteering.

United Way of Lake County’s Young Leaders raise donations throughout the year to support their grant funding program through membership fees, speaker engagements, and their annual golf outing fundraiser.

This year’s golf outing was sold out and raised over $15,000 to benefit children and youth of Lake County, a $2,200 increase in funds raised over last year.

Thirty-four teams comprised of a total of one hundred and thirty-six golfers from Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga Counties took part. The Lubrizol Corporation and Building Laborers Local #310 served as presenting sponsors for the golf outing fundraiser.

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