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Philanthropy Notes: SouthTech Academy programs to benefit from Kimmel Family Fund donation

A $150,000 gift to the SouthTech Academy in Boynton Beach from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties will benefit three school programs — the culinary arts, the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family STEM Lab and the Boynton Beach Short Film Festival. “We believe in supporting effective programs and organizations that change young lives for the better,” Harvey Kimmel said.

Entrepreneur grant for FAU

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded Florida Atlantic University’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship a two-year, $110,000 grant to expand its Entrepreneur Boot Camp, Business Plan Competition and other activities that will contribute to Palm Beach County’s economic development.

Youth tennis group grant

In March, the United States Tennis Association Foundation awarded a $37,500 grant to the Delray Beach Youth Tennis Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2015 that aims to improve the lives of underserved students living in the city.

The program started with 24 children, 150 have gone through it, and 200 are enrolled this year.

Jewish Federation turns 40

The hub of the Jewish community for Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach is celebrating 40 years since its incorporation in November 1979.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has engaged partners and supporters in addressing and planning for the current and future needs of those it serves.

“Celebrating 40 years is not simply an anniversary but rather a commemoration of how far we have come,” said Matt Levin, the federation’s president and CEO.

“We are a Jewish community that has matured and evolved into a multigenerational community where boards are populated by young and old, residents live east and west, and children who grew up here are raising their own families.”

Successful food, wine event

The Junior League of Boca Raton celebrated its annual food-and-wine extravaganza Flavors by showcasing 30-plus restaurants, an art exhibit by Kourosh Keynejad and celebrity emcee Samantha DeBianchi.

Patrons — 700 in all — bid in a silent auction offering gourmet dinners, wine tastings, sports tickets and jewelry. 

“We will gratefully use the proceeds from this year’s event to continue the mission of the Junior League of Boca Raton and its programs that serve the nonprofit community,”said Cristy Stewart-Harfmann, the league’s acting president.

Pickleball with a purpose

The Delray Beach Pickleball Club joined forces with the Valencia Palms Gift of Life Club to sponsor the third annual Round Robin Pickleball Tournament to benefit the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.

Sixty-plus players, in addition to numerous volunteers and spectators, lined the courts at the Delray Beach Tennis Center to help those battling blood diseases find a cure through marrow and stem-cell donation. One of them, Barbara Cohen, spoke to a hushed crowd prior to being presented with a $1,000 check.

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