BallenIsles Charities Foundation sets new fundraising record - Awarding $745,000 in Financial Grants to local area organizations

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-six not-for-profit and civic organizations serving the local community have received financial grants totaling a record $745,000 from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation during its 2019 Grants Awards Ceremony at BallenIsles Country Club on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

"The record-setting amount has brought the cumulative grants awarded by the Foundation to more than $3 million over the 8 years since our formation with the mission of 'Making a Difference' in the local community," BallenIsles Charities Foundation President Mark Freeman said.

Speaking during the Ceremony at Circle 100, one of the newest additions to the six dining venues at BallenIsles, Mr. Freeman said: "With the completion of the newly expanded BallenIsles Clubhouse, our fundraising events attracted sold out support. Each of the deserving organizations we carefully vetted and selected to receive a financial grant, undertakes extraordinary local community programs. The record funds raised are a credit to the generosity of BallenIsles members and residents, the terrific local businesses and Corporate Sponsors, the tireless contributions of all our volunteers, along with the assistance we received from the management of the Country Club and the Community Association. Together we're making a difference!"

This year's grants also include scheduled payments on a Multi-Year Impact grant to Feed the Hungry Pantry for a refrigerated truck that will positively impact the lives of thousands of families who otherwise might go hungry. The 2019 Designated Beneficiaries of BallenIsles Charities Foundation and the specific programs being supported are:

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast: Provides funding for the operation of the 211 Suicide Prevention Helpline
Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc.: Provides school clothing and supplies to children living in the homeless resource center
Alzheimer's Community Care: Provides funding for the Family Nurse Consultant Program
Back to Basics: Provides sets of school clothing for underprivileged children
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties: Provides funding for the School to Work program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc.: Provides funding to maintain and enhance STEMulated Minds Program
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary: Provides funding for the new Discovery Center Rehabilitation and Educational Program
Caridad Center, Inc.: Provides pediatric dental care to children of the working poor
Carson Scholars Fund: Provides a Carson Reading Room in an elementary school
Center for Trauma Counseling: Provides emergency trauma therapy to children
Feed the Hungry: Provides funding for the Feed the Hungry pantry
First Tee of the Palm Beaches: Supports the First Tee after school program
Friends of Foster Children: Provides funding for support and guidance that grandparents and relatives need through Kinship Connections Program
Genesis Assistance Dogs, Inc.: Provides funding for the training of a mobility assistance dog
Grandma's Place: Provides care for children removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse
H.A.C.E.R. Ministry Corp.: Provides nutritious food to low income children and families through the Food Pantry Program
Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Inc.: Provides funding for the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School to build one home
Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute: Provides funding to grow disease resistant corals and to reseed the reefs along our coast
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of PBC, Inc.: Provides funding for Basics4Babies emergency pantry for infants
HomeSafe: Provides funding for the Residential Enrichment Activities Program for homeless boys
Jack the Bike Man, Inc.: Provides funding for "GOTTA GET A BIKE" afterschool and summer program for at risk kids
National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section: Provides replenishment of school uniforms in 2 Kids Community Closets and Weekend Pantry Program
Palm Beach County Food Bank: Funding of Food4OurKids program providing weekend meals for children and their families for one year
Palm Beach Gardens City Hall: Provides funding for the community-wide BallenIsles Performance Series at Veteran Plaza
Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue: Provides funding for a 30X zoom camera for their drone
Palm Beach Gardens Police Dept.: Provides for the purchase of the Police One Online Academy Training Software
Palm Beach Harvest: Provides funding to rescue more surplus food to feed the needy
Palm Beach State College Foundation: Provides funding for first generation in college scholarship program
Paws 4 Liberty: Provides funding for the Train Your Own Dog Program for Veterans
Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc. (POST): Provides funding of the Butterfly Program, giving help and hope to local families of terminally ill children
Renaissance Learning Center: Provides funding to purchase research-based education curriculum for K-8th grade students with autism
Sweet Dreams Makers: Provides beds and bedding for children and families of the working poor living in Palm Beach County
Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches: Provides refurbished and new school band instruments to low income or homeless children
Take Stock in Children West Palm Beach: Provides funding in a matching 2-year scholarship program to an underprivileged student
TEAM First-PAL: Provides funding for the Youth Development after school program for at-risk kids
The ARC of Palm Beach County: Provides funding for the Potentials Charter School music and art therapy program for disabled students
The Children's Healing Institute: Provide funding for the TEACUP Preemie Baby Program to families in need
The Community Health Center of West Palm Beach: Provides funding for the Pediatric Medical and Eye Clinic for children of the working poor
The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation: Provides new and refurbished shoes to children and adults in need
The Lord's Place: Provides funding for housing, job training, and supportive services at the Family Campus for families in need
Urban Youth Impact: Provides funding for the Leadership Academy afterschool program for at-risk kids
Vita Nova, Inc.:  Provides transportation to employment, living essentials, and housing application fees for youths transitioning out of foster care
Watson B. Duncan Middle School: Provides funding for additional technology and software for students
West Jupiter Community Group: Provides the After School Tutorial Center for at risk students with the proper technology and software to connect with school computers from the Center
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund: Provides funding to support Emergency Financial Relief for Veterans and their families
Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches: Provides funding for the science curriculum-based education programs for underprivileged students

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of "Making a Difference" in the community. It renders financial and in-kind support to area organizations providing civic, educational programs, health and human services and support for the environment.

About BallenIsles Country Club
Nestled in the heart of South Florida's Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles is highly regarded as a unique, private residential community with a distinguished history. It's newly redesigned $35 million Clubhouse is home to some of the world's top professional athletes and business leaders. The Club boasts three championship courses with 54 holes of golf, and a world-class 22-court tennis/pickleball complex, complete with an exhibition tennis court and stadium seating. BallenIsles has also heralded a new standard of wellness and fitness with its $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club's extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. As a Distinguished Club, BallenIsles is renowned for its superb level of service.  For more information visit    

Mark Hopkinson, NewsMark Public Relations

SOURCE BallenIsles Charities Foundation

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