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Philanthropy Notes: Impact 100 awards more than $500,000 in grants

Award winners gather following the grand awards celebration presented by Impact 100 of Palm Beach County. Each of the five winning nonprofit organizations received a $100,000 grant at the April 17 event held at Lynn University's Wold Theater in Boca Raton. Outgoing President Kirsten Stanley and President-elect Kathy Adkins are center front. Photo provided

Impact 100 of Palm Beach County awarded $543,000 in grants at its eighth annual awards celebration at Lynn University’s Wold Theater in Boca Raton on April 17.

Ten member-vetted non-profits made presentations in five award categories and were voted on by the members.

The $100,000 award winners were: Palm Beach Dramaworks for One Humanity Tour, a seventh-grade human trafficking project; Streetwaves Corp. for maritime education after-school program at Village Academy; the Institute for Regional Conservation for restoring the Gold Coast; Autism After 21 for SOAR — Summer Opportunity for Adult Readiness, and the Center for Child Counseling for school-based mental health. The five other presenting groups were each awarded $8,600.

Through the power of women giving as one, Impact 100 Palm Beach County has awarded more than $3.3 million to the local community since its inception in 2011.

Junior League awarded $10,000 from Plastridge

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Plastridge Insurance, the company donated a total of $100,000 to 10 nonprofit clients chosen by the company’s employees. One of the nonprofits to receive a $10,000 gift is the Junior League of Boca Raton. The donation will support the Junior League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action of trained volunteers.

Anthony Escobar, 15, works on a laptop at PROPEL, which won a $10,000 grant from Capital One. In back: Androff Cesar, 15, and Clifny Cherisma, 15. Photo from Shot by Simone

Grant will help youths learn computer technology

PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership) was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Capital One, which will be used to help youths master computer technology. The grant, awarded in April, is an extension of an initial investment made by Capital One for PROPEL programs.

PROPEL chief executive Gregg Francis said the second grant was given after regional bank representatives reviewed the progression and results of the after-school curriculum during a visit March 22.

Last year, the first $10,000 grant funded a program called Elite Techies, which introduces high school students to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.

The program was especially important because the majority of PROPEL students do not have their own personal computers, but need them for homework, research and job applications.

  The second award will be used to improve the aptitude of students’ computer skills.

PROPEL was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Boca Raton. It is a nonprofit that serves the youths of south Palm Beach County.

Milagro opens center for middle schoolers

Milagro Center hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Center on April 15 at 346 SW Sixth Ave., Delray Beach. The middle school center has long been a dream at Milagro, which provides after-school cultural arts and academic programs for underserved, academically at-risk youth. The new center will provide a vital bridge between Milagro’s S.T.A.R.S. (K through fifth) and Teen Leadership (ninth through 12th) programs. It will offer a full after-school program, including academic support and tutoring, one-on-one mentoring and cultural arts enrichment.

The Kimmels have supported programs benefiting children and the arts in Florida, Philadelphia and Michigan for 30-plus years, and they played a central role in making the middle school center a reality by making a major challenge grant.

The Delray Beach Initiative has a library fundraiser on May 11.  ABOVE: Chairwoman Carol Eaton (l-r), Delray Beach library Executive Director Karen Ronald, children’s librarian Ilene Glickman and DBI founder Chuck Halberg. Photo provided

Library fundraiser will be fun test of trivia skills

Trivia nuts and libraries go hand-in-hand. So, it comes as no surprise that the Delray Beach Initiative will raise money for the Delray Beach Public Library’s summer programs for children during its Trivia Night, 7-10 p.m. May 11 at the Delray Beach Elks Lodge. Trivia contests led by a professional trivia host are the main event, but there will also be a silent auction, a cash bar and a dinner buffet. Tickets, including dinner, are $25. The Delray Beach Initiative, led by business and community leaders, receives donations of funds, food and services, making it possible to keep costs low for two events each year benefiting nonprofits. For event details, see

Arts grant proposals due

The PNC Foundation has announced that it will award $300,000 over three years to arts organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and is now accepting grant proposals for $10,000 and above. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. May 31. To apply, visit

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