PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (February 24, 2015) – More than 30 donors and supporters attended a luncheon hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties on February 20 at The Capital Grille in Legacy Place. The event’s featured guests were Sherry Barrat, Foundation board member and fund holder, and Cheryl Houghtelin, executive director of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.
A resident of Singer Island, Barrat and her husband, Tom recently relocated back to Palm Beach County. She was vice chairman at the Northern Trust Company and a member of its management committee before retiring in 2012. The couple feels strongly about supporting the community they live in through philanthropy, and recently moved their donor advised fund from another community foundation.
The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park supports the 438-acre state park situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The organization funds special events and programs, educational activities, tours and other initiatives designed to preserve, restore and interpret the assets of the park. Houghtelin discussed the $55,000 grant that the group received from the Foundation last year that has established an educational stewardship program for K-12 students focused on preserving our water resources.
Some of the guests in attendance at the luncheon were Michael Bracci; LaRue and Susan Dahlberg; Stephanie Pew; Jean Gutkin; Bill and Marianne Kollmer; Jane Mitchell; Meredith Trim; and Ted Thoburn, grandson of Frederick Goff, the founder of the first community foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914.
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.