WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 8, 2014) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted a special luncheon for Legacy Society members on April 8 at the Center for Philanthropy. The Legacy Society recognizes those donors who have included the Community Foundation in their planned and estate gifts. Through their thoughtful generosity, these donors have created a legacy to ensure the future vitality of our community.
During the event, Brad Hurlburt, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, shared a story about the Community Foundation’s first bequest in 1979 when West Palm Beach resident, Ilse Klassen, left $244,000 from her estate.
“The Ilse Klassen Fund has granted over $300,000 -- more than the original gift -- to many nonprofit organizations over the last 35 years and is valued today at nearly half a million dollars,” said Hurlburt. “This is an example of the power of endowment, and Ilse’s legacy will be honored forever.”
More than 25 guests attended the luncheon, including Community Foundation board chair, Deborah Pucillo; board members Kathleen Emmett, Sally Gingras and Virginia Smith; former Foundation president Shannon Sadler Hull; Maura & William E. Benjamin; Taunya and Dr. William Bryant; LaRue and Susan Dahlberg; Nancy and Col. John Marshall; and Dr. Dorothy Adams Peck.
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 invested more than $100 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 fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.