Ironman Foundation gives back to the greater St. George community

ST. GEORGE — The Ironman Foundation Community Fund will distribute more than $55,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the greater St. George area in conjunction with the Ironman St. George triathlon taking place on Saturday.

Community Grants

The Ironman Foundation Community Fund will provide a total of $42,200 in community grants which are given to local nonprofit beneficiaries that will use the funds toward initiatives to better the area.

“Grant funding is one way that the Ironman Foundation leaves a lasting legacy in the communities where Ironman races take place,” foundation Executive Director Dave Deschenes said. “We are thrilled to support the greater St. George community with these community grant awards.”

All community grant recipients will be announced in the Ironman Village in the Town Square Thursday and Friday.

Beneficiaries of the 2015 grants

  • Dove Center – a $10,000 grant will be given to allow the Dove Center’s program to increase community awareness and prevention education in an effort to reduce incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault, thus increasing safety in the community
  • Snow Canyon State Park – a $10,000 grant will be awarded to fund the removal of speed bumps and installation of speed humps
  • Girls on the Run of Southern Utah – a $7,200 grant will be awarded to give 30 underserved girls the opportunity to learn essential life skills and core values for living an emotionally healthy and physically active lifestyle
  • Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance – a $6,500 grant will be awarded to do a demonstration project and correct at least one problem curb-cut in each of five major local cities
  • Utah Foster Care Foundation – a $5,000 grant will be awarded to support the foundation’s Wishing Well program that provides children in foster care with enrichment activities and talent and skill development to improve their self-esteem and help “normalize” their foster care experience.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah – a $2,500 grant will be awarded to provide computer hardware and software and power tools to improve technology and enhance their ability to manage data and track volunteers, and construct and repair properties for low-income families
  • BOOYAH Foundation – a $1,000 grant will be awarded to update the foundation’s website in order to increase reach and access to families impacted by tragedy and in need of assistance

This generous grant will go a long way towards enhancing the lives of children in southern Utah who have been abused or neglected,” Utah Foster Care Foundation Development Director Debbie Hofhines said. “St. George is a growing area that’s also seen increases in the need for qualified, trained foster parents, as well as programs like “Wishing Well” to support children as they go through the healing process with foster families.”

Volunteer Grants

The Ironman Foundation’s Community Fund will also provide $15,000 in grant donations to local nonprofit groups that have a volunteerism component to their organizations.

“The mission of The Ironman Foundation is to leave Ironman’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making, and to support various non-profit organizations around the world,” said Betsy Langan, community relations manager for The Ironman Foundation. “We are thrilled to make a positive impact through volunteer grants in St. George again this year.”

The Ironman Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where U.S. Ironman events are held. With the 2015 donations from the Ironman Foundation, nearly $275,000 has been given since the first Ironman event in St. George. In 2015, The Ironman Foundation will provide more than $1.5 million to support the needs of Ironman race communities across North America.

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