WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 10, 2014) – Nearly 50 guests joined the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties at their first community luncheon of the season on November 7. The event was held at the Center for Philanthropy and introduced J.B. Murray as the new board chairman. Andrew Aiken, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo, was the featured guest and spoke about the nonprofit’s recent grant from the Community Foundation. The $165,000 grant over three years will support the Zoo’s Water Conservation Project. First, it will fund the replacement of three of the facility’s water pumps that service many of the animal exhibits’ water features. This will reduce the ecological load on the aquifer by saving over one million gallons of water per year. The second part will use this project as a teaching model for K-12 students at the nearby Renaissance Charter School at Summit.
After the Zoo’s presentation, guests shared stories about how the Community Foundation has impacted them personally or helped an organization they care about. Those in attendance included Community Foundation board members Libby Marshall, Chris Storkerson, Doug Stockholm and Caroline Sory; board of governor members Eliot Snider, Thornton “Tim” Henry and Barbara Chapin; Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick; Judy Goodman; Carolyn Susman; Betsy Turner; and Catherine Zieman.
The Community Foundation will host a series of small luncheons around the county this season designed to educate donors and supporters about the ways the organization identifies and addresses issues, and assists nonprofits in order to build stronger, healthier communities. The next event is in Boca Raton on January 9.
For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has provided nearly $110 million in grants and scholarships over its 40-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education.