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Community Foundation Deploys More Than $1 Million in Bahamas Disaster Relief Aid

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announces over $460,000 in new grants, bringing total contributions to more than $1 million for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts.

The Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund was established with a generous matching gift of $100,000 from Palm Beach donors, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ira Harris.

“We have personally seen the total devastation that Hurricane Dorian caused, and through the generosity of members in our community, including Mr. and Mrs. Harris, we are building healthy, resilient economies that can bounce back faster after catastrophic events,” said Brad Hurlburt, foundation president and CEO.

Over $1 million has been deployed to charitable organizations identified and working in partnership with the Bahamian people, including the Eagles’ Wings Foundation, an organization that’s focused on collecting, organizing, and distributing supplies and providing direct relief across the Abaco Islands.

"The Board of Directors join me in thanking the 100-plus donors who responded to the critical needs of people in the Bahamas through this fund," said Hurlburt.

Emergency grants  funded projects to rebuild and restore water systems, public docks, shelters, houses, and community centers in Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Coopers Town and the North Abaco district of the Bahamas. The relief fund is now closed.