Lunar Rendezvous Festival has distributed $113,000 in festival profits for college scholarships for local students and to help Bay Area charitable organizations.
Fourteen two-year $4,000 scholarships were given to Clear Creek ISD and Lutheran South Academy to be presented at each high school’s award ceremony in April.
Festival Chair Jill Reason distributed the funds to 20 different nonprofits and cultural arts organizations in amounts mostly between $500 and $1,500. A check for $36,000 was presented to the Bay Area Museum and $10,000 was set aside for the 2013 festival.
As an example as to how some of the funds will be used, Bay Area Turning Point was given $1,500 to provide shelter for abused women and children and this donation will be matched 100 percent by an anonymous donor. Another $1,000 was given to Family Outreach Clear Lake/Bay Area for its “We Help Ourselves” program for anti-victimization program presented to 1st and 4th grades at CCISD.
Other beneficiaries included Butler Longhorn Museum, Clear Brook High School, Clear Creek Education Foundation, Jill Rauscher School of Dance, Lighthouse Christian Ministries, Assistance League of Bay Area, Clear Lake High School, Clear Creek High School, Community in Schools, Bay Area Museum Guild, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Harris County Freeman Branch Library, West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, E. A. Smith Family YMCA, Clear Creek Community Theatre, Bay Area Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony League/Bay Area.
Any Bay Area charity or non-profit group can request funds from next year’s festival by contacting the Bay Area Museum at 281-326-5950 and submitting a Funds Distribution Request form before Aug. 1, 2013.