Philanthrophy Notes: Quantum Foundation invests $424,000 in county’s health

By Amy Woods

The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation has approved six new grants totaling $424,000 to Palm Beach County-based nonprofits.

The agency’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the quality of health in the community.

“This grant cycle focuses on greater access to health resources and stronger connections to result in an overall healthier community,” foundation President Eric Kelly said. “We fund organizations that take an upstream approach to making Palm Beach County a healthy place to live, work and play.”

Among the allocations was a $75,000 distribution to Palm Health Foundation’s BeWellPBC, an initiative that targets the behavioral health needs of youths and families.

“BeWellPBC works with local partners to bridge relationships and current gaps in care coordination throughout the county, especially to the underserved communities,” Executive Director Lauren Zuchman said. “We are grateful to Quantum Foundation not only for providing funding but for being a true partner in this initiative.”

Food delivery truck gifted to Boca Raton nonprofit
Boca Helping Hands finally unveiled its new refrigerated truck, made possible by $150,000 in donations from the community.
The funds were raised in short order following media reports about the sudden death of the old truck, affectionately known as “Grandpa Bear.”

“We are simply astounded and so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from the community and particularly appreciate the media getting the word out about this,” said Greg Hazle, the nonprofit’s executive director. “Even a couple of our clients pitched in after seeing our story on TV and online, giving us what they could to help and wishing they could give more.”

Hazle said the 24-foot vehicle will enable the organization to fulfill and expand its efforts to feed families in need.

In other Boca Helping Hands news, West Boca Medical Center sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive. In all, more than 520 pounds of nonperishables were donated by each hospital department.

Lang Realty donates to American Cancer Society
As part of its Open the Door for a Cure campaign, Lang Realty contributed more than $13,000 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The money was raised through proceeds from the sale of each home in October.

“This was a company-wide effort that included donations from each closing contributed by our agents,” company President Scott Agran said. “Many of our own agents and staff have personally battled this disease or have gone through this with loved ones.  We are delighted to support this worthy cause.”

Super Bowl raffle to help local children’s charities
Boca West Children’s Foundation is raffling off VIP packages for Super Bowl LIV, taking place Feb. 2 in Miami.

Packages include a pair of seats near midfield, limousine service to and from Hard Rock Stadium and a $400 gift card for dinner at the restaurant of the ticket-holder’s choice.

Tickets cost $100, and a recipient will be selected for every 500 sold. The drawing is set for Jan. 10. All proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

To enter, visit and earmark the donation for the raffle. For more info, call 488-6980.

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