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Philanthropy Notes: Golf tourney raises $160,000 to help families in crisis

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches’ signature Better Ball Golf Tournament brought in more than $160,000 to the organization, which is dedicated to helping families in crisis return to stability.

Proceeds will enable services to be provided to 2,000-plus families in the area facing homelessness.

“We are once again blown away, and incredibly grateful for, the tireless dedication and support of not only our golf committee but each and every person that came out for the event,” said Matthew Constantine, the organization’s executive director.

The seventh annual event took place in May at Dye Preserve Golf Club.

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Festival of the Arts Boca receives cultural grant

PNC Arts Alive awarded $102,500 in grants and sponsorships last month at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to six area arts organizations, including one from South County.

Festival of the Arts Boca received $21,000 for Tough Turkey in the Big City, which will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 18. The performances are presented in collaboration with the The Symphonia, Plumosa School of the Arts and the Palm Beach County School District. Through Tough Turkey in the Big City, children can experience dance, drama. music and narration. Following the performances, the students will enjoy an interactive experience where they can touch and play musical instruments.

“The PNC Arts Alive program adds tremendously to the Palm Beaches’ ongoing commitment to reaching new audiences and nurturing emerging talent in our region,” said Dave Lawrence, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “In a short amount of time, we’ve already seen how these grants and sponsorships have had a profound effect on the impact of culture in Palm Beach County and have improved the quality of life and education through greater access to art, music and theater.”

Foundation presents awards to Boca schools

Last month, the Golden Bell Education Foundation presented its annual Golden Bell Awards Breakfast at the Boca Raton Marriott, where more than $97,000 was given to Boca Raton public schools for books and materials to help students succeed. Bluegreen Vacations sponsored the event. The Golden Bell Foundation is the Boca Chamber’s educational support arm.

Students, pets, police benefit from fundraisers

Rooney’s Golf Foundation recently distributed more than $31,000 to nine local charities as a result of two fundraising events early this year.

The 11th annual 5K Run/Walk at the Palm Beach Kennel Club raised $15,435 for the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Forever Greyhounds, the Police Athletic League, Potentia Academy and the Westgate/Belvedere Homes Community Redevelopment Agency. Next year the event is scheduled for April 20.

The third annual Spring Golf Tournament at Abacoa raised $16,225 for the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University, Greyhound Pet Adoption and Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. The fourth annual tournament will take place May 2, 2019.

“Our goal every year is to raise money and awareness for amazing local charities, all the while making sure our participants, charities and volunteers are having fun,” said Alexis Barbish-Sommer, the foundation’s executive director.

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Literacy Coalition receives high marks

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County was awarded a four-out-of-four-star rating in July from Charity Navigator for the 10th consecutive year.

Charity Navigator’s ratings are a nonprofit’s equivalent of an Academy Award. The rigorous evaluation examines an organization’s financial health and accountability, as well as its transparency.

“We are proud to be among an elite group of nonprofits across the country to achieve 10 consecutive four-out-of-four-star ratings from Charity Navigator,” said Kristin Calder, the coalition’s CEO. “This exceptional designation assures donors of our financial efficiency, integrity and transparency.”

One percent of the nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates have achieved such a feat, meaning the coalition outperforms most other charities in country.

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