WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 7, 2013) – More than 40 guests gathered at the Center for Philanthropy in downtown West Palm Beach for a luncheon and discussion with Brad Hurlburt, the new president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. This event served as the kick-off to a series of luncheons around Palm Beach and Martin counties this season designed to educate donors and supporters about the ways the Community Foundation assists causes and organizations in order to build stronger, healthier communities.
Guests at the luncheon shared stories about how the Community Foundation has impacted their personal lives. Diana Stanley
of The Lord’s Place
discussed the role the Community Foundation played in Burckle Place – the first and only housing program in the community for single, homeless women who are not victims of domestic violence and do not have mental illness or a substance abuse problem. The new facility was supported through a grant made from the Hans and Mary Stratmann Fund, an endowed fund at the Community Foundation.
“Through the generosity of our donors and fundholders, the Community Foundation has a 40-year legacy of addressing the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education,” said Hurlburt, who has 30 years of philanthropic experience and was most recently with the WPBT Communications Foundation, which provides financial support to public television. “Together, we look forward to being a leading catalyst for building vibrant communities for generations to come.”
Guests in attendance included Community Foundation board chair Deborah Pucillo; board members Virginia Smith, Caroline Sory and George Elmore; Jeanne and Warren Resen; Bill Meyer; LaRue and Donald Dahlberg; Judy Schrafft; Doyle Rogers; Joyce McLendon; and Linda Dunhill. Special guest Shannon Saddler Hull, the first president of the Community Foundation, was also in attendance to show her support.
The next community luncheon is scheduled on November 19 at the Boca Raton Resort. Upcoming events will take place in Wellington, Jupiter and Stuart. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: 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. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.