Tribes hand out $2.67 million to charities
August 28, 2008 · Updated 9:19 AM
TULALIP The Tulalip Tribes handed out the latest installment of more than $26 million in charitable gifts last week as they disbursed the bounty of their economic revival to groups far and wide.
This year more than 250 organizations shared in a record $2.67 million during ceremonies at the Tulalip Amphitheatre. Since 1993 the Tribes have given an increasing amount each year, rising from $297,000 to the current handle. In that same time the Boys and Girls Clubs have received $9.43 million.
We are honored to share our successes and give back to the community every year, said Tribal chairman Mel Sheldon Jr.
Grants ranging from $500 to $100,000 were given to a wide range of private and public organizations, including school districts, police and fire departments and others. The Marysville YMCA received $100,000 for the fifth consecutive year, and the Marysville School District got the same amount for several projects including science field trips, libraries and education programs. Tulalip Elementary School got almost $70,000 for classroom libraries to help improve literacy scores.
Staff and students alike are very excited about their new resources for reading and learning, Marysville School District assistant superintendent Gail Miller said.
Law enforcement and firefighters got their cuffs on a huge pile of money, including $75,000 grants for the Washington State Patrol, the Marysville Police Department and $30,000 Getchell Hill Fire District No. 22.
The funds will also help provide fixtures and furniture for disable people at Sherwood Community Services in Shoreline, supply medical prescription assistance to the Salvation Army of Everett and the Arlington American Legion Post 76 will get $5,000 to help make the facility handicapped accessible.