Wildhorse gives funds to community organizations

By Observer staff March 10, 2014 11:39 am

PENDLETON — The Wildhorse Foundation, a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington, has announced the awards for the fourth quarter of 2013. 

A total of $211,941 was awarded to 32 recipients, bringing the total for 2013 to $848,997.

More than 1,300 local and regional nonprofits have benefited from the funds totaling more than $7.5 million that the foundation has distributed in their giving area since its inception in 2001.

CTUIR is committed to honoring the tribal traditions of sharing and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. 

The formation of Wildhorse Foundation in 2001 was for the purpose of formalizing the charitable giving on behalf of Wildhorse Resort & Casino and CTUIR.

The final quarter’s largest grant was given to the Pendleton Public Library.  The library received $16,500 to purchase at ScanPro 2000 microfilm reader/printer to replace the current reader/printer. 

The microfilm reader will allow residents and visitors to access information, which is an important mission for the library.  

According to the grant application, a wealth of local history is stored on microfilm at the library.  

The newer machine will allow better copy results, give users the ability to digitally download to a storage device and allow the library to create digital databases that would be easily searched by keywords.

 Other organizations funded in the fourth quarter for 2013 are:

• Alpenfest, operating support for Alpenfest, Joseph, $2,000.

• Eastern Oregon University, annual Indian Arts Festival and Spring Pow Wow and Friendship Feast, La Grande, $2,000.

• Grande Ronde Child Center, Inc., child playground project, La Grande, $2,515.

• Joseph Chamber of Commerce, marketing materials, Joseph, $2,700.

• Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, creation of a sound and video engineering lab, Joseph, $5,000.

• La Grande Swim Club, 30 pairs of fins, 25 pull buoys, timing console, one starter horn, starter microphone, extension cable and 18 stopwatches, La Grande, $3,446.

• Music Camps at Wallowa Lake, Brass @ Wallowa Lake & Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake, $2,000.

• Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, funds to pay for a portion of supplies, travel expenses, college scholarship fees, consultant fees, staff time and program promotion,
La Grande, $2,500.

• Northeast Oregon Network, “What to do for Health” books, La Grande, $4,000.

• Oregon Rural Action, SolWest Renewable Energy/Sustainable Living Fair, La Grande, $5,000.

• United Way of Eastern Oregon, computer/software and technology upgrades, La Grande, $2,500.