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Philanthropy Notes: Quantum Foundation sends $750,000 in grants to nonprofits

Quantum Foundation has distributed $750,000 to 94 grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County that provide for society’s most basic needs.

Grants were announced during a breakfast celebrating the eighth-annual Quantum in the Community initiative. The grantees represent all corners of the county, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

“Quantum Foundation is a health foundation,” said Donna Mulholland, board chairwoman. “We always keep our focus on health because that’s what we were founded to do. But this annual campaign acknowledges that if we don’t meet people’s basic needs, it’s not possible for them to stay healthy.”

President Eric Kelly said that “as we celebrate 20 years of impact in Palm Beach County, we want to take an upstream look at health. We know that our medical community can’t heal the body without having healthy societal and external factors in place. These grants support organizations helping the whole body and the whole community.”

Lang Realty donates to fight breast cancer

Lang Realty turned “pink” in support of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each home closed in October to the charity.

The donation totaled $11,793.

“This was a company-wide effort that included donations from each closing contributed by our agents,” said Scott Agran, Lang Realty’s president. “Many of our own agents and staff have personally battled this disease or have gone through this with loved ones. We are delighted to support this worthy cause.”

Impact 100 receives tax-exempt status

Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s 501(c)(3) status is official. The women’s philanthropy organization has received a determination letter from the IRS — a major milestone in its seven-year history.

All members who paid in 2018 soon will receive tax-donation letters.

“We’re pleased to tell you we determined you’re exempt from federal-income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3),” the letter reads. “Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC Section 170. You’re also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfer or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522.”

Grant enables Sandoway to expand program

Sandoway Discovery Center in Delray Beach has received a $7,500 grant from parcel-delivery company DHL. The funds will support the junior naturalist program.

The program addresses the need for science-, technology-, engineering- and math-based education, taught through real-world connections that enhance classroom learning. It targets Palm Beach County Title 1 schools and aftercare facilities focusing on at-risk children.

“We are very excited to be able to teach Title 1 students about climate change, biodiversity and conservation through our junior naturalist program,” said Danica Sanborn, the center’s executive director. “Through the grant from DHL we will be able to reach hundreds of students that otherwise could not afford to visit the center to receive a much-needed environmental education, and we are increasing the chances for a healthier environment for generations to come.”

Restaurant competition raises $3,000 for charities

In November, before everyone was too stuffed from holiday meals to eat another bite, Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas in Delray Beach welcomed 300 hungry fans and friends to its seventh-annual Best Bite restaurant competition.

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub won the popular vote for the second year in a row, and previous champion Caffé Luna Rosa was the top choice in the VIP judges’ annual taste-off competition.

The event raised $1,500 each for HOW Foundation of South Florida and Project Holiday.

Other competing restaurants were Avant, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Pizza Rustica and Salt 7.

The band 33 Years and the Atlantic High School Drum Line provided entertainment.

Parkinson’s Foundation to host golf tournament

Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter will host its annual Leo Geller golf tournament Feb. 4 at Boca Rio Golf Club.

Players will begin the day at 11 a.m. with lunch before hitting the links for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. At the end of play, there will be a raffle, awards, a cocktail reception and dinner.

Geller is this year’s honorary chairman, and the co-chairs are Roy Cohen and Ciaran Swords.

The cost for a foursome is $1,250; cost for an individual player is $325.

The event is sponsored by Florida Peninsula Insurance Co. and will benefit Parkinson’s Foundation programs that help those in the local community living with Parkinson’s disease.

For information, call 962-1702.

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

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