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BallenIsles Charities Foundation "Grants in Action" - New Student Reading Room 

Students, parents, staff and guests of Palmetto Elementary School gathered April 19 for a dedication ceremony to open a new Carson Reading Room.


Students, parents, staff and guests of Palmetto Elementary School gathered April 19 for a dedication ceremony to open a new Carson Reading Room. It was made possible by a Financial Grant from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation. 

In welcome remarks, Palmetto Principal Mrs. Gladys E. Harris, paid tribute to the generosity of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation and to the memory of late BallenIsles Member Richard Myers, who had served on the boards of both the Foundation and the Carson Scholars Fund.

"We are grateful to BallenIsles Charities and the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund for helping us cultivate life-long learners through the power of reading." Principal Harris said.

The opening ceremony featured heart warming performances, including the Palmetto Safety Patrol Flag ROTC's "Pledge of Allegiance," 1st grade student, Mia Marquez's moving rendition of "Stand," "Believe" by the Palmetto Panther Chorus, "Thinking Big!" by 5th grade student Heather Fortner, a Video Message from Dr. Ben Carson, "What a Wonderful World" by Mrs. Small's 4th grade class and a motivational speech by a former Palmetto Student, now attending high school, Katie Matos.

Inspirational thoughts were also shared by BallenIsles Charities President Mark Freeman, BallenIsles Member Joan Meyers, who recalled her late husband's charitable work and rousing closing remarks from Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of Dr. Ben Carson.

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation's Grant to the Carson Scholars Fund is one of forty-six grants, totaling a record $575,000 awarded this year. Since its formation by BallenIsles residents, more than $2.3 million have been awarded in financial grants to local non-profits and civic organizations.

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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