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San Juan Island Community Foundation presents $1.2 million to Peace Health, awards $50,000 in annual grant cycle

Top photo: Charles Anderson of the San Juan Island Community Foundation presents $1.2 million to Tom Cable of the San Juan Community Hospital Committee, for the Peace Island Medical Center project. Middle and bottom photos: The Community Foundation
Top photo: Charles Anderson of the San Juan Island Community Foundation presents $1.2 million to Tom Cable of the San Juan Community Hospital Committee, for the Peace Island Medical Center project. Middle and bottom photos: The Community Foundation's Pamela Gross presents grants to Teddy Deane and Fiona Norris for various community causes.
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The San Juan Island Community Foundation presented $1,287,433 to PeaceHealth for the construction of Peace Island Medical Center and awarded $50,000 in grants to local non-profits at its 10th annual Breakfast of Champions, Friday at Mullis Community Senior Center.

The $1.2 million presented to PeaceHealth represents funds received so far out of more than $8 million pledged. Peace Island Medical Center is expected to cost $30 million; the San Juan Community Hospital Committee is raising through philanthropy one-third of the cost, PeaceHealth is paying the other two-thirds. San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1, which will close Inter Island Medical Center when Peace Island opens but will continue to operate San Juan EMS, will contribute $1.2 million a year in property tax revenues for 50 years to subsidize medical care.

Another special award was presented Friday: A scholarship for San Juan EMS Chief James Cole for his advanced education in public safety administration.

Several non-profit representatives spoke at the awards ceremony, sharing their thanks and future plans for their organizations.

Here's the list of grant recipients.

ARTS & CULTURE
— Island Stage Left: 2,000 for free After-School Theatre Workshop.

— San Juan Community Theatre: $500 for “Mr. Dickens’ Is Coming” production and $1,500 for sound equipment upgrade.

— San Juan Island Museum of Art & Sculpture Park: $2,000 toward Art in the Schools program.

— San Juan Island Community Foundation's Critical Needs Task Force Arts & Recreation Workgroup: $2,500 to create a new countywide Arts Council.

COMMUNITY
— Friday Harbor Veterans Museum: $1,000 for museum display upgrades.

— San Juan Historical Museum: $2,300 for San Juan Island Oral History Collection.

— San Juan Island 4-H: $1,500 for an LCD projector and Quiz Bowl game.

ENVIRONMENT
— Islands’ Oil Spill Association: $1,200 for computer and training.

— San Juan Nature Institute: $1,000 for a sea star model for school classes and $775 to support Young Naturalists in the Classroom.

— The Whale Museum: $4,160 for Donor Perfect software, to establish a permanent database for fund-raising and promotional activities.

— Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: $2,204 for oiled and stranded seabird rehabilitation.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
— Hospice of San Juan: $3,000 for Education/Volunteer Training.

— San Juan Island EMT Association: $5,000 for equipment and expanded training in support of cardiac arrest surveillance and survival initiatives.

— Senior Services Council of San Juan County: $3,500 for Friends and Neighbors In-Home Assistance.

BASIC NEEDS
— San Juan Island Family Resource Center: $2,000 for the “Read to Your Child 20 Minutes a Day” program.

EDUCATION
— Camp Invention: $800 for Camp Invention scholarships.

— Family Umbrella Group: $5,000 for pre-school scholarships.

— Friday Harbor High School: $2,500 for culinary school program.

— U.W. Friday Harbor Labs: $2,500 for science outreach program.

— Lighthouse Preschool: $500 for Enrichment Program 2010.

— San Juan Island Library District: $500 for “San Juan Island Reads” program.

— San Juan Island Parks and Recreation: $400 for specialized gymnastic equipment for use by Island Rec and the Friday Harbor Elementary School.

— Spring Street International School: $1,000 for the graphic arts production program.

— Stillpoint School: $1,200 for fifth- and sixth-grade computer lab.

The community foundation thanks the following for their help at the breakfast: King’s Market, James Kearse, David Braun, Leslie Byron and Jane McAdams.

The community foundation serves as a non-profit philanthropic umbrella organization helping donors, non-profits and public organizations to achieve their goals through direct grants, organizational assistance and philanthropic resource management. The foundation office is Suite 104, The Technology Center on Mullis Street. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1352, Friday Harbor 98250.

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