WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 17, 2013) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announced the appointment of four new Board members at their May Board meeting. Ray S. Celedinas, Christina Matthews Macfarland, Lore Dodge and Caroline B. Sory have joined the Board effective July 1, 2013.
Ray S. Celedinas
Ray S. Celedinas is President & CEO of Celedinas Insurance Group in Palm Beach. Under his leadership, Celedinas Insurance Group has grown into one of the country’s largest and most respected insurance brokers. The firm was recently recognized by the Insurance Journal as one of the “Top 100 Privately Held Property & Casualty Agencies in America.” He is an active member of the civic community supporting numerous local philanthropic causes and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Benjamin School, the Board of Trustees of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Economic Council and the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
Lore Moran Dodge
Lore Moran Dodge of Palm Beach, FL, is a graduate of the Chamberlain School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served on several boards including the Penobscot Iron Ore, Profile Club in Franconia, New Hampshire, the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the American Ireland Fund and the Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County. Lore has also served as dinner dance chair for several philanthropic causes including the American Cancer Society, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Hospice of Palm Beach County, American Ireland Fund, Planned Parenthood of America, American Red Cross, and The Kravis Center of the Performing Arts. Lore owned and operated the Spalding Inn in Whitefield, New Hampshire from 1986 to 1991.
Christina Matthews Macfarland
Christina Matthews Macfarland of West Palm Beach, FL, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Florida Culinary Institute and School of Public Affairs, American University. She is presently involved in Leadership Palm Beach County and a volunteer at the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a Committee Member for the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum’s “Whitehall Society,” serves on the Advisory Board for Chess Challenge in DC and the Board of Trustees for the Michael Matthews Sports Education Fund.
Caroline B. Sory
Caroline B. Sory, a native of Palm Beach County, is a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and is presently a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, a member of the Garden Club of Palm Beach and serves on the Community Investment Committee at the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. She has served on the Vestry of the Church of Bethesda by the Sea, the Board of Trustees of the Palm Beach Day School, the Hospice Guild of Palm Beach County, the Community Chest/United Way and the Environmental Committee of the Community Foundation.
“We are pleased to welcome Ray, Lore, Christina and Caroline as our new Board members. Their experience, leadership and guidance will be tremendous assets to the Community Foundation as we continue to fulfill our mission, support our donors and invest in our communities,” commented Deborah Dale Pucillo, Board Chair of the Community Foundation.
Other members of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors include Anson M. Beard, Jr., Deborah Dale Pucillo, Chair, Pedro del Sol, George T. Elmore, Kathleen B. Emmett, Sally Gingras, Katherine P. Goldsmith, Paulette Koch, Kathleen Kroll, Andrew Kushner, Peter Matwiczyk, Lawrence J. Miller, Lisa Newcomer Mulhall, J. B. Murray, David G. Ober, Virginia H. Smith, Douglas A. Stockham, Steven A. Templeton, and Roy J. Zuckerberg.
About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation works for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in multiple ways, playing multiple roles. For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future. Founded in 1972, the Foundation has total assets of more than $140 million and has awarded over $100 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
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