Philanthropy Notes: 2017 Snow scholar-support services total $1 million

More than 100 local students will benefit from the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which this year will make scholarship commitments of $1 million.
    Last month, supporters of the fund met the deserving scholars at the annual awards reception, where it was announced that 2017 has been the most successful year in the organization’s 35-year history.
“Our awards reception marks the culmination of a year’s worth of work by literally hundreds of our kind and generous supporters and volunteers,” President Tim Snow said.
    Each scholar received a certificate and a medal, as well as a duffel bag filled with college-related items valued at $800.
 The ceremony ended with longtime supporter Diana Halley receiving the Robert S. Howell Spirit of Service Award.

Proper Affair Fashion Show raises $40,000 for ACCF
    Local and national sponsors came together to support the ninth annual Proper Affair Fashion Show, which benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach.
The more than $40,000 raised will help underprivileged children and low-income families in the community.
    The event featured complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, special performances by the ACCF drumline and dance troupe and live and silent auctions.

Rooney’s Golf Foundation contributes to 8 charities
    Following spring fundraising events, Rooney’s Golf Foundation distributed $22,465 to eight local charities. Its 10th annual Rooney’s 5K Run / Walk raised $10,123 for Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Greyed A Greyhounds, Pathways to Independence, Potentia Academy and Westgate / Belvedere Homes CRA.
    The second Rooney’s Spring Golf Tournament raised $12,342, benefiting Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Awesome Greyhound Adoptions / Hounds & Heroes, Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.

Special performance brings in $9,000 for charity
Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz, the producing partners behind MNM Productions, have partnered with the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service to raise more than $9,000 for the nonprofit during the preview of Spamalot at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.
For 40-plus years, the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service has provided resources aimed at strengthening the lives of those in Palm Beach County.
     “While primarily a Jewish organization, its mission is to address the community wherever needs are required, regardless of religion,” Gorman-Althof said.

West Boca Medical donates to Helping Hands
     West Boca Medical Center donated 11,150 servings of cereal and nearly $200 for Boca Helping Hands during its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive last month.
    “The donations will help provide local children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer, and I am so grateful for the support of our staff and community in this effort,” said Mitch Feldman, CEO of West Boca Medical Center.

Boynton Woman’s Club awards 6 scholarships
    The Boynton Woman’s Club is continuing its tradition of giving funds for college to graduates of area high schools.
    This year’s six recipients all live in Boynton Beach and will attend a Florida school this fall. Members met each of them at a luncheon at the clubhouse.
 “During the interview process, we just knew that they’re going to succeed,” scholarship committee Co-Chairwoman Donna Artes said.
    The winners are Alexandra Charles, Molly Ehrlich, Keith Haven, Brianna Herrin, Ashley Krawczyk and Medley St. Martin.

Oh Boy Sports presents Student ACES Awards
    Student ACES had its first ACE Champion Awards ceremony this spring, “Honoring Our Champions of Character,” presented by Oh Boy Sports.
    The event bestowed ACES Leadership Awards to students including Allison Bosworth and Ismael Garlobo, of Boca Raton Christian School; Juan Ramirez and Iraida Tijerina, of South Tech Academy; Andrew Lee, of Park Vista Community High School; and Eduardo Morales, of Atlantic Community High School.
    Student ACES is a nonprofit that provides a leadership curriculum, mentoring and projects for boys and girls.

Nonprofits urged to apply for Quantum grants
    The Quantum Foundation is giving away $750,000 to charities that provide basic needs such as clothing, food and shelter to the county’s most vulnerable residents.        

Nonprofits can apply for grants from the foundation’s Quantum in the Community initiative — the deadline is Aug. 18 — and the recipients will be announced in October.
    For the past six years, the West Palm Beach-based health funder has set aside $4 million for the initiative to help grass-roots organizations that are working toward a healthier county.
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