LU WINSOR ENVIRONMENTAL FUND
Started in 2003, as an offshoot of Peninsula Light Company's Green By Choice program, which provided an opportunity for PenLight members to add green power to their fuel mixture. In return, PenLight provided $5,000 annually for the Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grant program. Pierce County Water Programs liked the idea and agreed to match PenLight’s contribution.
In 2014, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation joined the effort to support the annual grant program and started the Lu Winsor Grant Fund, which is fueled by proceeds from the Cider Swig.
Today, the fund and program are managed by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, with support from a review team that includes representatives from Pierce County Water Programs, the City of Gig Harbor, Pierce County Conservation District, and PenLight. Annually, about $25,000 is available to area nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies meeting program criteria. Over $225,00 in grants has been awarded through the program since 2014.
Luther (Lu) Winsor was a retired U.S. Park Service Manager/Ranger, appointed in 1996 by the Pierce County Council to serve on the Key Gig Harbor and the Islands (KGI) Watershed Planning Committee to help develop the KGI Watershed Plan.
Once the plan was adopted in 2000, Lu continued to serve on the newly formed KGI Watershed Council until his passing in 2003.