More than 270 guests arrived for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ ‘Keeping It Local’ Gala at The Breakers on Friday, February 10, 2017. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and a silent auction of a piece by world-renown environmental artist Chris Leidy, grandson of Lily Pulitzer Rousseau. Entertainment was provided by band Party On the Moon. In total, the gala raised more than $400,000 for the Community Foundation’s charitable leadership work.
Grand honorary chairs for the Community Foundation Gala were Lore M. Dodge and David G. Ober. Honorary chairs included Christina Macfarland, Frances Peter and Caroline Rafferty. Co-chairs were Kathleen B. Emmett, Karyn G. Lamb, Missy Savage and Carrie Murray.
The Community Foundation’s ‘Keeping It Local’ Gala theme offered an evening evocative of beautiful south Florida waterways, flora and fauna. ‘Keeping It Local’ celebrated the local environment, one of the Community Foundation’s charitable focus areas.
Generous sponsors included Tsunami Foundation – Anson & Debra Beard, Jr. and family; Tara Kelleher & Roy J. Zuckerberg; Squire Patton Boggs; C and A Johnson Family Foundation; Kathleen B. Emmett & Louis B. Hager, Jr.; Ann & Charles B. Johnson; Josephine & Jason Kalisman; Karyn G. Lamb; Lore M. Dodge & David G. Ober; Missy & Todd Savage; Julie & Peter Cummings; Florida Power & Light; Jean & William M. Matthews; The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation; Northern Trust; Prime, Buchholz & Associates; Templeton & Company; Diana & Peter Gonzalez; Christina & Benjamin Macfarland; Caroline & Nick Rafferty; Mrs. Bailey B. Sory; Sherry & Thomas Barrat; Mary Kirk & Alex Griswold; Marissa Murphy; Frances & Todd Peter; and Susan S. Stautberg.
Proceeds from the gala benefited the Community Foundation’s operating fund and its mission to facilitate informed philanthropy and serve as the catalyst for building vibrant communities. The Community Foundation funds pressing issues in the community with its donors including hunger, housing and education. The Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes, ensuring that the charitable dollars entrusted to it are available to the community - forever. The nonprofit organization that has provided nearly $129 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations, an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. The nonprofit organization has provided more than $128 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor and ensures the charitable dollars entrusted to it are available to the community - forever. 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. For more information, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org or call (561) 659-6800.