[Enid, OK] – Park Avenue Thrift is awarding 17 recipients, at a total of $150,000, to nonprofit organizations who are working towards Enid’s Quality of Life.

The 2021 fall grant recipients are Atelier, Bennie’s Barn, Enid SPCA, Enid Symphony Association, Furever Friends, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Garfield County Master Gardeners, Gaslight Theatre, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid, Loaves & Fishes, Main Street Enid, Monroe Elementary, Northern Oklahoma College Foundation, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, and RSVP Enid. 

“We are so excited to be able to fund so many great organizations and projects this fall, including water refill stations for Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, multicultural books for Monroe Elementary Library, and RGB lights in downtown for Main Street Enid, to name a few,”  said Stela Jantzen, Park Avenue Thrift Executive Director. “Park Avenue Thrift couldn’t have done this without the help from our shoppers, donors, employees and everyone who helps promote Park Avenue Thrift.”

“Leonardo’s Children’s Museum is so positively influenced by PAT’s support!” said Tracy Bittle, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum Executive Director. “Their funding most recently helps us meet sustainability goals AND continue to improve guest safety. Now your children’s museum will have water refill stations. I just cannot thank them and this community enough.”  

Earlier this year, Park Avenue awarded $203,305.67 across 24 organizations in Enid during their Spring Grant Cycle. They also have sponsored several organizations in 2021, such as Enid Public Schools STEAM Challenge, YWCA, SPCA Enid, Enid Writer’s Club, Hedges Speech and Hearing Silent Film Night, CDSA Be Fit Kids Buzz Run, Gaslight’s Shakespeare in the Park, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, and 4RKids Turkey Trot. $10,000 will go towards Enid Public School projects through DonorsChoose. 

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Park Avenue thrift,” said Park Avenue Thrift Board President Anita Luetkemeyer.  “We hit the three million dollar mark in giving, earlier this year, and we will close out 2021 with a record-setting total in community gifts. These milestones are a testament to the extraordinary team we have in place at PAT and to the community who so generously gifts us with their donations.”

Park Avenue Thrift is an Oklahoma 501(c)(3) that exists to strengthen the Enid community and serve others by collecting donations and giving the proceeds to Enid nonprofits that invest in quality-of-life initiatives.