BOCA RATON, FL (January 13, 2015) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted an intimate luncheon for donors and supporters on January 9 at The Capital Grille at Town Center. The event featured Barbara Stark, executive director of the Milagro Center in Delray Beach, who spoke about the organization’s recent $18,000 grant from the Foundation that has created a new musical instrument program for disadvantaged children.
After the Milagro Center’s presentation, Highland Beach resident Sanjiv Sharma shared a heartfelt story about the importance of philanthropy, the causes he cares about and the ways he works with the Community Foundation. Born in India, Sharma has always valued the significance of an education. He has two scholarship funds at the Foundation to help local students pursue their academic dreams. He also has a donor advised fund at the Foundation that supports local, national and international causes, including Caridad Center, the free healthcare clinic for underserved families in west Boynton Beach, where he serves as board treasurer.
Some of the guests in attendance at the luncheon included Impact 100 members Peg Greenspon, Mari Adam, Lisa Peterfreund and Liz Tymorek; former board member David Dickenson; Maureen Cleary; Elizabeth Dunn; and Caridad Center executive director Laura Kallus and board member Caroline Moran.
The Community Foundation is hosting 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. Together with donors, the Foundation awarded $8.2 million in grants and scholarships last year.
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.