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Here is the latest news from the Lubbock Area Foundation:

Restoration project tackles downtown Plainview building

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in News | 0 comments

With so many local artifacts in every room, Gayle Willson has a nickname for her newly-acquired downtown building. “It’s Plainview’s Titanic,” she joked. Willson and her husband, Blair, are the new owners of the four-story Skaggs Building in downtown Plainview. Every visit seems to reveal new finds: old fire hoses, books, blueprints of Plainview High School. Blair Willson agreed, “There’s lots of cool stuff.” To give back to their hometown, the couple created a nonprofit called Plainview Downtown Restoration. When the Skagg Building’s former...

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Children, families come together to see Pancho Clos

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Alicia Longoria came riding out of the Maggie Trejo Supercenter on a Lil’ Gem purple, pink and white bicycle, pleased with the gift she got from Pancho Clos Sunday afternoon. Wearing a bright purple jacket, she smiled as she rode. “It makes me feel happy,” she expressed, as receiving the bicycle was a surprise she was not expecting. She received several other gifts as well. Children who received bicycles were chosen at random, according to Ray Salas, a member of Los Carnales bike club, and also one of the head organizers for the Pancho Clos...

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Trejo Supercenter hosting Pancho Clos Saturday, Dec. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Maggie Trejo Supercenter will be hosting Pancho Clos on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The American G.I. Forum co-hosts this annual city-wide presentation of Pancho Clos each year.  This holiday program provides holiday cheer, goodies, and a chance for kids to tell Pancho Clos their wishes for Christmas.  The Lubbock Chapter of the American G.I. Forum founded the “Pancho Clos” concept in 1971, and they continue to co-sponsor this event with the Maggie Trejo Supercenter.  Area families and their children are invited to join...

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Slaton Area Endowment awards $8,253 to local charities

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Slaton Area Endowment awarded $8,253 Tuesday afternoon to 10 organizations. “We wanted to continue to help things of need in Slaton,” chairman Mark Meurer said in a presentation downtown. Slaton Area Endowment is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of West Texas. The organization raises funds for and supports various projects. It was established in 2012. The amount of funds it’s raised has grown significantly. A news release dated Saturday claimed it would award $7,500 Tuesday; by the time that day arrived, that number was more than $750...

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Season of Giving: Leaders hope Lubbockites show ‘charitable spirit’ on Giving Tuesday

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Lubbock leaders and community organizations hope residents will wrap up a long weekend of shopping and Thanksgiving celebrations with a day of selfless acts Tuesday. A crowd of about 100 people gathered at the United Supermarkets Store Support Center on Orlando Avenue as local nonprofit organizations and city leaders kicked off the annual “Giving Tuesday” fundraising efforts set for next week. Representatives from the 73 organizations held a blue ribbon as event organizers spoke Tuesday about the importance of the event, which has a goal of...

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Foundation donates estimated $30,000 toward 3 historical agencies

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Community Foundation of West Texas donated grants to three historical agencies during a check presentation held at the Slaton Harvey House on Tuesday morning. A group of committee members from historic organizations gathered in front of the historic building at 400 Railroad Ave. in Slaton as representatives from each historical agency received their respective grant. Made possible through the E. Jay Matsler Trust for Historic Preservation — established with a $348,000 endowment to put toward the support of historic preservation projects...

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Community Foundation of West Texas giving grants to local agencies

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Community Foundation of West Texas is helping three local agencies continue their missions of historic preservation. Grants are being provided to the Lubbock Heritage Society for the Underwood Pullman Car Preservation Project, the Ranching Heritage Association’s Rolling Stock Exhibit building and the Slaton Railroad Heritage Association. Community Foundation of West Texas President Stephen Warren said projects like this are here to stay. “To do projects just like this, and this will go on forever so we gave almost...

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Community Foundation of West Texas grants almost $30,000.00 to historic preservation projects

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock Tuesday, November 16, 2016, the Community Foundation of West Texas will announce grants to three agencies totaling almost $30,000. These grants are gifts made possible through the E. Jay Matsler Trust for Historic Preservation. The E. Jay Matsler Trust for Historic Preservation was established with a bequest of $348,000 for supporting historic preservation projects in Lubbock and Hale counties. Mr. Matsler’s gift to the Community Foundation of West Texas reflects his roots as the child of a Hale County pioneer...

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Bridge of Lubbock announces Reading Room program

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Bridge of Lubbock is excited to announce a brand new program, The Reading Room! The Reading Room begins tomorrow, Saturday, September 10th at 11am. The Bridge of Lubbock has received a $2100 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas to fund this new program. The Community Foundation of West Texas grant will be used to instill a love of reading and learning to people of all ages. People are invited to come the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm; the first one being tomorrow. From 11am-12pm everyone will be reading,...

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Local couple named ‘Heroes of the Year’ by Community Foundation

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in News | 0 comments

A local couple recognized for their efforts to help the Lubbock community by giving selflessly to the city. This year May Louise and Bill Kingsbery were honored with the 2016 Heroes of the Year Award by the Community Foundation of West Texas. The unique efforts of these role models have helped change the city. “They’ve been instrumental with the Food Bank, Breedlove, Women’s Protective Services,” said Stephen Warren, president of the Community Foundation of West Texas. “They’ve been quiet. And I kind of...

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