Community Foundation Celebrates Philanthropy at Inaugural Founder’s Award Luncheon

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (May 28, 2014) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties will host its inaugural Founder’s Award Luncheon on Wednesday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. The exciting program will include a brief history of the Foundation and the leadership role it has played connecting philanthropists to the community for over 40 years. Additionally, Marjorie S. Fisher and Julie Fisher Cummings will be honored with the Founder’s Award for the impact they have made to address children’s issues in Palm Beach and Martin counties.  Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Winsome McIntosh, national philanthropist and founder of the Foundation in 1972, will provide a keynote address and present the first-ever award.

“This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the first community foundation in Cleveland, Ohio,” said President and CEO, Brad Hurlburt. “Today, there are over 700 foundations across the country that are working with local residents who want to make a difference. Together, we are building endowments that will serve community needs now and in the future. What better way to celebrate the power of philanthropy than by hosting this event and honoring two women who have used their resources to touch the lives of so many children and families around the world, and especially in Palm Beach and Martin counties.”

More than 450 people are expected to attend the luncheon, including board members, donors and fund holders, local nonprofit organizations, corporate sponsors and community leaders. The Community Foundation and United Way of Palm Beach County will also be announcing the total amount raised at the inaugural GREAT GIVE, the 24-hour online giving event held last month that benefited 330 participating nonprofits.

Major sponsors are Julie and Peter Cummings; 1st United Bank; and WPBT2. Table sponsors include The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness; Sherry and Tom Barrat; BDO USA; Bessemer Trust; Celedinas Insurance Group; Pure High Net Worth Insurance; Chilton Trust Company; Lore and John Dodge; Florida Power & Light; Gulfstream Goodwill Industries; Holyfield & Thomas, LLC; Impact 100 Palm Beach County; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Northern Trust; Ober Fine Art; Palm Beach Post; Palm Healthcare Foundation; Deborah and Michael Pucillo; Quantum Foundation; Quantum House; Scripps Florida; Squire Sanders; Angela and Doug Stockham; UBS Financial; University of Miami; Wells Fargo Private Bank; and Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $1,000 for a sponsored table of 10. All proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation’s annual operations. To register, or for more information, visit this page.




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

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