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Philanthropy Notes: Gulf Stream standout lauded for work with scouts

Honoree George Elmore (left) with Karen Donnelly, president of the Boy Scouts of America Gulf Stream Council, and Terrence Hamilton, council CEO. Photo provided

Boy Scouts of America Gulf Stream Council executive board member George Elmore has received the 2018 Freedom Enterprise Medal from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The award is presented annually to leaders who celebrate and protect the nation’s free-enterprise system and stand as role models in character, community service and philanthropy. Elmore has committed most of his adult life to those values, and he reflects the scouting movement. His leadership from behind the scenes has positively affected thousands of youths.

Boca Raton Public Library accepts $55,000 donation

The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library gifted nearly $55,000 for youth programs, summer reading and new technology and databases in 2019.

“2019 marks the Friends’ 29th anniversary . . . and we thank our members, donors and bookstore customers for their continued financial support of our organization,” said Cyndi Bloom, the Friends group’s president. “Through their contributions, we are able to generously support the library’s mission.” The Friends group raises money through memberships, grants and book sales.

Semifinalists announced for $100,000 grants

Impact 100 Palm Beach County, a women’s philanthropy group, has announced semifinalists for its 2019 grant cycle.

The group’s grant committee reviewed 59 letters of inquiry and selected 25 nonprofits to vie for the $100,000 high-impact grant awards within the five focus areas of arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness.

Each semifinalist will receive a site visit, with the committee then selecting two finalists in each area. The 10 finalists will be announced April 1. Finalists will then present to the entire Impact 100 Palm Beach County membership April 17, after which a vote will take place and the grant recipients will be announced.

Child Rescue Coalition event features leader in field

Elizabeth Smart, a child-abduction advocate and author, was the keynote speaker for the Child Rescue Coalition’s annual Eat, Drink and Be Giving Gala last month at the Delray Beach Marriott. Proceeds from the evening will enhance the coalition’s technological developments, increase law-enforcement training and help rescue children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Smart, founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, was abducted and rescued as a young teen. She chronicled her experiences in her books My Story and Where There’s Hope, and she also worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors’ guide titled “You’re Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment.”

The event celebrated law-enforcement officers’ successful implementation of the coalition’s Child Protection System Technology, which is used in the U.S. and 90 countries and has been instrumental in helping to put an end to child sexual abuse.

Battle for Kids Foundation Days

Boca West Children’s Foundation’s “Battle for the Kids Foundation Days” feature a Golf Challenge on April 1 and Concert of the Children on April 2. The events benefit 24 local children’s charities. The concert features two tribute bands: the Fab Four (a Beatles tribute band) and Remember When Rock Was Young (an Elton John tribute). Tickets are $150. Both take place at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton. Call 488-6980 or visit bocawestfoundation.org or foundation@bocawestcc.org.

Send news and notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@bellsouth.net.

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