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BallenIsles Charities Foundation Sets Another Fundraising Record -- Awarding More than Half-a-Million Dollars in Financial Grants to Local Charities

BallenIsles Charity Foundation Sets Another Fundraising Record

BallenIsles Charities Foundation (BICF), the Palm Beach Gardens nonprofit organization with a mission of "Making a Difference" in the community, has awarded a record $575,000 in Financial Grants to local non-profits and civic organizations.

The record-setting amount brings the cumulative grants awarded by the Foundation to more than $2.3 million over the 7 years since its formation by members and residents of BallenIsles. 

BallenIsles Charities Foundation sets another fundraising record – awarding more than Half-a-Million Dollars in Financial Grants to local charities. Pictured: Alzheimers Community Cares-Jonathan Price, VP Grants, Dianne Bruce, Director of Grants with BICF President Mark Freeman (center). Bob Anton, Chair of the BICF Grants Committee stands at Podium. The BallenIsles Charities Foundation Grant provides funding for Alzheimers Community Cares Family Nurse Program.

"The record funds raised are a credit to the generosity of BallenIsles members and residents, the tireless contributions of all our volunteers and the terrific local businesses and Corporate Sponsors that support the Foundation's mission of "Making a Difference" in our local community," BallenIsles Charities Foundation President Mark Freeman said.

Speaking during the Foundation's 2018 Grants Awards Ceremony at BallenIsles Country Club, Mr. Freeman said: "The overwhelming support of our residents and our Corporate Sponsors, along with the assistance we received from the management of the Country Club, the Community Association and our dedicated volunteers has enabled us to make this our most successful campaign."

The following Forty-five deserving organizations were carefully vetted and selected to receive financial grants as the 2018 Designated Beneficiaries of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation:

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC. 
Provides school readiness kits for homeless children; Also grocery and gas gift cards for homeless families in emergency shelters

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Provides current books for grades K thru 2 in a "Growing Readers Program"

ALZHEIMERS COMMUNITY CARE 
Provides funding for ACC's Family Nurse Consultant Program

BACK TO BASICS
Provides school uniforms for underprivileged children

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.
Provides funding to maintain and enhance the Clubs' STEMulated Minds Program

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Provides interpretive signage of Florida's wild flora and fauna

CARIDAD CENTER, INC.
Provides pediatric dental care for uninsured and underserved children

CARSON SCHOLARS FUND
Provides a Carson Reading Room in an elementary school

CENTER FOR TRAUMA COUNSELING
Provides for child and adolescent therapy

CHILDNET
Provides funding for children brought into the foster care system

CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Provides funding for mothers and babies in the Transitions Home Program

CLINICS CAN HELP
Provides funding for the purchase of durable equipment for disabled children

FEED THE HUNGRY
Provides funding for a food program serving over 1,400 impoverished families

FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES
Provides funding for the First Tee after-school program

FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN
Provides funding for a Kinship Connections Program which provides guidance for grandparents and relatives of children in foster care

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 350 low income children and families

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.
Provides funding for the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC.
Provides funding for Basics4Babies, an emergency pantry for infants

HOMESAFE
Provides funding for bedroom furniture at the Specialized Therapeutic Group Care home

INLET GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Provides funding for an after-school tutoring program in core content subjects

JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC.
Provides funding for "GOTTA GET A BIKE" after-school and summer programs

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH
Provides funding for the Peer Support Program for mental health

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION
Provides funding for the Kids' community closet/ weekend pantry program

PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK
Provides funding for a 8-week weekend meals program for children and their families

PALM BEACH GARDENS CITY HALL 
Provides funding for the BallenIsles Performance Series at Veteran Plaza

PALM BEACH GARDENS FIRE RESCUE
Provides funding for Fall Prevention classes for senior citizens

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DEPT.
Provides funding for a portable fingerprint and photo system

PALM BEACH HARVEST
Provides funding a program that rescues 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 which counsels children afflicted with cancer

QUANTUM HOUSE
Provides funding for the Family Pantry Program

THE LEARNING ACADEMY AT ELS CENTER
Provides funding to expand the Physical Education Program

RENAISSANCE LEARNING CENTER
Provides funding to purchase research-based education curriculum for K-8th grade students

SUNCOAST HIGH SCHOOL
Provides funding for MacBook Pro computers for incorporating art in technology

SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE PALM BEACHES
Provides refurbished and new school musical instruments to low income or homeless children

TEAM FIRST-PAL
Provides funding for a 40-week after school program

THE ARC OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
Provides funding for the Potentials Charter School music and art therapy program

THE CHILDREN'S HEALING INSTITUTE
Provides funding for the TEACUP Preemie Baby Bungalow diaper project

THE JACOB S. ZWEIG FOUNDATION 
Provides new or refurbished shoes to children in need

THE LORD'S PLACE
Provides funding for the Family Campus

URBAN YOUTH IMPACT
Provides funding for the Leadership Academy after-school program for at-risk children

WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Provides funding for additional technology and software for students

WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND
Provides funding to support Emergency Financial Relief for Veterans and their families

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, www.BallenIslesCharitiesFoundation.org 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

Consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America, BallenIsles Country Club is renowned for its superb level of service. It will soon feature a newly-renovated 114,900 square foot clubhouse and a 62,000 square foot sports complex with a spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools. The award-winning club has three 18-hole championship golf courses, including its famed East Course where Jack Nicklaus and many other golf legends originally qualified for the PGA Tour. Managed by Troon Privé, BallenIsles is a fully private, member-owned club with an array of best-in-class amenities. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.       

BallenIsles Tops Its Charity Fundraising Record

BallenIsles tops its charity fundraising recordBallenIsles Charities Foundation has raised $500,000 that it will present Feb. 28 in grants to 42 charities in West Palm Beach and throughout the county.

The amount, a record for the volunteer, nonprofit effort based in Palm Beach Gardens, brings the cumulative grants awarded by the foundation to more than $1.7 million over the six years since its formation.

The 2017 beneficiaries include:

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.

Provides homeless students with school clothes, supplies, hygiene items.

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Provides popular and favorite author series and series books to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.

ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE

Provides I.D. Locator Services for a Nurse Consultant to train and counsel care givers of patients.

BACK TO BASICS

Provides sets of school clothes to needy children.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides children with educational material for the already successful robotics program.

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Provides funding for a large animal transit trailer and mobile disaster command unit.

CARIDAD CENTER, INC.

Provides dental visits to children of the working poor.

CARSON SCHOLARS FUND

Provides funding for a reading room in an elementary school.

CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING

Provides for a therapist for children in need before moving to foster care or other safe venues.

CHILDNET

Provides funding for daily operational expenses of food, hygiene items, stuffed animal for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

Provides for mother and baby in the Transitions Home program.

CLINICS CAN HELP

Provides new pediatric adaptive wheelchairs to children with special needs.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Provides meals to the hungry.

FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES

Provides program funding for those with special needs, disabilities and kids from low income families.

GRANDMA’S PLACE

Provides care for children removed from their homes due to neglet or abuse

GRATITUDE HOUSE

Provides treatment for mother and her baby

H.A.C.E.R. MINISTRY CORP.

Provides families with 15-16 lbs. of food twice per month and supports the Thanksgiving Project.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides funding for The Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School to Build 1 Home.

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC.

Provides Babies with infant packs containing diapers, baby formula, baby food, bottle, and spoon.

INLET GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Provides licenses to access computer program reading material.

JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC.

Provides supplies needed to repair the bikes as well as bike helmets, bike chains and locks.

KIDSAFE FOUNDATION

Provides in school classes teaching children about abuse and personal safety.

MCCARTHY’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, INC.

Provides for the funding of a new van used to transport animals.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION

Provides for a Kids Closet stocked with school clothing for a Title One School.

PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK

Provides food for the weekend to children and their families for nine weeks.

Venus Williams believes she has many chances left for Grand Slams

Venus Plays For CharityVenus Williams says she still believes she has many chances left to win another Grand Slam, even though her younger sister Serena broke the record last year for oldest player ever to win a major. But the 36 year old said Friday, her love for tennis and her belief that great play is still ahead of her is what keeps pushing her every season.

Venus was out playing for charity Friday at her home court at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. Williams played club members and local tennis stars to raise money for the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, which funds a number of Palm Beach charities. Venus said before the event that her and Serena have been preparing hard for 2017.

Their starts in New Zealand next week.

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Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson in Palm Beach Gardens

Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson

New York Times journalist Katherine Rosman was lucky enough to visit BallenIsles and get a tennis lesson from Venus Wiliams. Below is her count of their meeting. 


“Katie, I am noting your split step isn’t happening.” Those words set into motion the best tennis lesson I’ve ever received. It was from Venus Williams.

I had traveled from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., to spend an afternoon with Ms. Williams, to report on her off-court endeavors. (She is studying for a master’s degree in interior architecture and is the founder of two businesses: a fitness-wear and athleisure company called EleVen by Venus Williams and V*Starr Interiors, a design firm.)

But first, we were meeting at the courts where she and her sister Serena Williams practice, at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

I knew from my back-and-forth with the EleVen publicist that I, a moderately fit, rather uncoordinated 44-year-old mother of two, might be called upon to hit a few balls with Ms. Williams, the 6-foot-1 five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

But I had not anticipated sprinting up and down the court and running in circles around cans of tennis balls at the behest of one of the greatest players in history. It was the most fun I’ve had at work all summer.

Before we get to the split step, let me tell you what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a ball that Ms. Williams has hit to you about as softly as she likely is able: It’s terrifying. My strategy was to try to have my racket make contact with the ball. When I succeeded, I squeezed the grip as much as I could to prevent the racket from flying out of my grasp.

It was after this point that Ms. Williams called out my footwork. She demonstrated the importance of hopping into a wide-legged ready position after hitting each ground stroke from the baseline.

She then asked her hitting partner, Jermaine Jenkins, to feed balls to me toward the corners, forcing me to run, hit the ball, run back to the center of the baseline and split-step. And again. And again.

“You win with your feet,” she said. “It looks easy and it’s not.”

Next we worked on our (our!) sidestepping, going from the forehand side of the court to the backhand side of the court (and back again) while facing the net.

I watched her sashay from side to side and then took my turn. “You are so unbelievably graceful,” I said to her, as I panted.

She shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Win pretty, win ugly, just win.”

Then she had me run sprints. Then she had me go the length of the court by leaping on one foot, holding the landing and then leaping on the next. Then there were the high jumps. Then I was drenched.

Ms. Williams was ready to return to preparing for the United States Open. She and Mr. Jenkins set up a cardio-intensive cross-court drill. She asked her assistant, Zebe Haupt, to hit with me on the adjacent court: “Serena’s court” as she referred to it.

Cocky from my triumph of not breaking a leg or having a heart attack, I called out, “I’ll play the role of Serena.”

Venus answered, “If you want to be Serena, you better be prepared to serve at 120 miles an hour and win over 22 majors. That’s pressure even for me.”

 

I guess Venus Williams and I have at least one thing in common.

VENUS WILLIAMS’ TENNIS TIPS

  • Split-step into a ready position between every shot, at the baseline and at the net.
  • Keep your feet moving; take lots of small steps; make sure you are not too close to the ball.
  • Practice sidestepping: Run from one side of the court to another by crossing your right leg far over left, hopping left foot over to the left, crossing right leg over ... and repeat. Face the net the entire time. Then reverse direction.
  • Don’t hit the ball into the net, ever. (Honestly, this was one of her tips.)

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