Before the fate of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern New York is decided, it squeezed in another round of grant awards to local charities dealing with children.
Bonnie J. Corbin, McDonalds marketing director, said that because franchise owner James L. ODonnell decided to sell 10 McDonalds restaurants throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, there will be a temporary hold on accepting grant applications. Were hoping it continues, she said Thursday.
Earlier this week, seven local charities were awarded a total of $21,152.31 for childrens programs and activities. Because of the local transition, Mrs. Corbin said, there was no press conference announcing the awards; rather, agencies received a letter and a check in the mail.
The following organizations received grant awards:
■ $8,000 to the Northern New York FFA Leadership Training Foundation, Croghan, to replace the evaporator for a maple education program.
■ $5,000 to the Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance, Watertown, to support a backpack program at Starbuck Elementary School that provides food for children throughout weekends.
■ $3,607 to Richville Free Library to purchase two pieces of equipment for the community playground.
■ $1,939 to New Day Childrens Center, Watertown, to purchase flooring and storage shelves for its large motor room.
■ $1,054.80 to Dexter Free Library to make Web-hosted electronic books available to its patrons.
■ $1,000 to Mountainview Prevention Services, Lowville, to sponsor a summer theater/musical production for high school students.
■ $551.51 to the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, to host a childrens tea party.
Its always nice when we can help a wide variety, but it depends on the grants coming in, Mrs. Corbin said. We always like the down-home flavor request, like the backpack program. Thats nice because its thinking about childrens needs throughout the weekend.
She said the agency received 10 applications for this summer. Ronald McDonald House Charities of NNY typically awards grants twice a year in January and in July or August.
About $800,000 has been granted in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties since the local groups inception in May 1997.
For more information, call Mrs. Corbin at 782-8102.