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Philanthropy Notes: Applications open for Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank grants

Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank, an innovative endeavor that fosters community improvement by local students, is accepting applications through Nov. 12.
Change-makers in the seventh through 12th grades are invited to apply for grants that will help them address issues and problems. To date, 16 youth-driven solutions backed by $200,000 from investors have been made possible through the program.
“We hope the community has seen the benefits of our program,” said Executive Director January Romero Reissman. “We’ve seen the remarkable impact that our winners have had in Palm Beach County, bettering the lives of more than 4,000 people here.”
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Boca West Foundation donates record $1.5 million
Twenty-five local charities have received a total of $1.5 million from a Boca Raton country club’s philanthropy, a record for the club’s fundraising event.
The five major gifts by the Boca West Foundation were made to the Caridad Center ($130,700); the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers ($115,675); the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County ($108,590); Boca Helping Hands ($100,700); and the Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation ($100,350).
Since its inception in 2010, the foundation has raised $4.8 million, making it one of the most-generous country clubs in the United States. This year’s fundraiser featured superstar Jennifer Hudson.

PNC awards ‘Arts Alive’ grants, sponsorships
In September, PNC Foundation’s “Arts Alive” awarded $125,000 in grants and sponsorships to eight local arts organizations as part of its three-year program.
Four organizations will share $67,500 in grants, while the remaining four will receive $57,500 in sponsorships. The funding will allow them to improve access to visual- and performing-arts activities for children.
 Grant recipients included Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Miami City Ballet, Milagro Center and Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. Sponsorship recipients were Digital Vibez, Kravis Center, Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Symphony.

Publix supports YMCA event
Publix Super Markets Charities presented the YMCA of South Palm Beach County with a check for $17,000 to support its “Halloween at the Y” event in October, as well as the DeVos-Blum Family Y’s “Breakfast With Santa” event in December.
For Halloween, both branch facilities will offer activities for children, including haunted houses, games and trick-or-treating. The DeVos-Blum Family Y will host its event Oct. 20, while the Peter Blum Family Y event will take place Oct. 21.
“Breakfast With Santa” on Dec. 3 will feature hot cocoa, train rides, a pancake breakfast and, of course, Santa.
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U.S. Sugar presents $5,000 to children’s choral group
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has received a sweet gift from U.S. Sugar — a $5,000 grant – which will be used to support programming, directly benefiting participating children.
Receiving the check were CEO Beth Clark, board Vice President Dave Frankland, director Shawn Berry and singers Pamela Contreras and Angelo Pena. Presenting it were Jennifer Black and Stacey Copeland.
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is an award-winning community choir with a mission of teaching life skills through music by giving children an atmosphere of artistic excellence.

Community Caring Center plans 30th-anniversary event
The Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach celebrates its 30th anniversary with its fundraising “Dreams Come True Gala” on from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at Benvenuto, 1730 N. Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Tickets are $125 or $1,000 for a table of 10.
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Sixth-annual Volunteer Delray scheduled for Oct. 27
Those who want to get involved in their community but don’t know where to start or what organization might be the best fit are invited to Volunteer Delray.
The Oct. 27 expo at Old School Square will feature more than 50 nonprofits serving the city, each having its own booth where visitors can learn more and sign up. The expo runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
“Volunteer Delray is one of those rare and rewarding opportunities to connect with local nonprofit organizations, meet the inspiring people who run them and find out about incredible projects happening right in our own community,” said Kirsten Stevens, chairwoman of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Council, which runs the expo.

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