BY MELANIE BUCK –
There is a lot of time and hard work that goes into the projects tackled by the Mena Lioness Lions and each year, they give away the money they raise to charities for the betterment of Polk County. Last Wednesday, the Lioness Club had a mass give-away day at the Limetree Restaurant when they presented checks to some of their top causes.
The Single-Parent Scholarship Fund is one of those causes. The fund is made possible by donations made from many organizations, including the Lioness. Pete Chambers heads up the project and mentors successful scholarship applicants through their college career. The Lioness Club donated $500.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ouachita Region, or CASA, works to provide foster children with advocates that will continuously call and visit the child, insuring they have a ‘constant’ in their lives. Cynthia Martin and Renee Hendrix head up the local CASA office based in Mena, which covers Polk, Montgomery, and Sevier Counties. CASA was given $500 plus and additional $350 raised from a Heads or Tails game at the annual Lioness Auction.
Coats for Kids, headed up by Bear State Bank received a $500 donation as did 9th Street Ministries, Polk County Developmental Center, and the Foster Parents Association. Clarice’s Room of Hope also received a $500 donation plus an additional $583 raised from a hat being passed around at the annual Lioness auction.
Ouachita Little Theatre Guild was awarded $250. Mena Art Gallery’s Kids Program and Toys for Tots also received $250 each. The Toys for Tots donation will be given via Healthy Connections’ cleaning supply boxes that will be included in this year’s Christmas box programs.
Rice Depot, the driving factor of the successful Backpack Program, has been given $3,000 so far but the Lioness hope to raise a total of $20,000 by the end of the year. The Backpack Program has been implemented in all eight of the County’s schools and serves hundreds of local children.
Lioness President Carla Mosley said, “It is such a privilege to live in Mena and even greater to give back.”