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Empress Theatre gets grant for new screen

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Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta delegate Arlene Parkinson presented a $6,000 grant to Empress Theatre Society chair Denise Joel and theatre director Margaret Ann Bianco.

Movie fans will benefit from a charitable organization’s recent contribution to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.
The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta awarded the Empress Theatre Society a $6,000 grant on Dec. 12.
The Empress will put the money toward the purchase of a new movie screen.
“Our fall-winter grants celebration is a fantastic way to wrap up another successful year at the community foundation,” executive director Charleen Davidson said in a news release.
“We’re happy to be able to support our community with these grants, and we’re grateful to the donors who make our work possible.”
The Empress received one of 36 grants totalling $286,180 awarded by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.
The Community Priorities Fund will provide $231,000 in grants to projects from 31 organizations.
This funding is made possible by private, unrestricted donations given generously by supporters of the community foundation over the past five decades.
The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $54,580 to six projects.
This fund, established from a bequest by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named to honour the memory of his uncle, supports projects whose purpose is to sustain a high quality of life for residents of rural southwestern Alberta.
All of these grants support projects improving quality of life in several areas, including health technology, parks and recreation, music, building construction and renovation, and youth in sport.
Other area recipients were:
• Arrowwood school, $7,000, to develop a school sensory room.
• Blood Tribe Recreation and Parks, $15,000 for new sports equipment and to expand youth programs.
• Claresholm and District Health Foundation, $2,500, for a mural decorating the facility housing long-term care patients.
• Lomond Lions Club, $9,400, for the development of Pioneer Park, a new green space in the community.
• Museum Society of Stavely and District, $3,000, to replace the roof of a museum storage facility.
• Village of Hill Spring, $10,000, for modernization and landscaping of the community’s baseball diamonds.
• Vulcan Senior Citizen Centre, $7,500, to replace the facility’s 45-year-old flooring.
• Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, $6,000, for the Master Chef Kids program, which teaches children in the Crowsnest Pass how to plan and cook healthy meals.
Pincher Creek Trailbreakers Club, $3,500, to buy a robotics starter kit for use in technology-based training sessions and at an after-school robotics program to be held at Pincher Creek’s Matthew Halton school.

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