Pictured Above: Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue – Chere Coldstein, Bicf, Div. Chief of Ems Corey Bessette, Fire Chief Keith Bryer, Mark Freeman, President Bicf
BALLENISLES CHARITIES FOUNDATION RAISES $720,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
BallenIsles Country Club, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is among the most prestigious addresses in the Southeast. Since its inception in 1964, the community has prided itself on providing residents and members the best amenities and services possible. Those include three championship-caliber golf courses, a world-class tennis complex that served as the home training base for Venus and Serena Williams, dynamic dining opportunities, and the very best clubhouse facilities in the region.
But a club is defined by its members, and in that regard BallenIsles is blessed.
“Our members are one of the big reasons I love my job,” said marketing director Becky Collison. “These are some of the most kind, caring, and accomplished people I’ve ever met. And its the members who make this the amazing club and community that it is.”
Collison points to the BallenIsles Charities Foundation as an example of how the members bond together to make their greater community a better and more compassionate place. To wit, BallenIsles Charities Foundation recently announced $720,000 in donations to 42 local charities and organizations in the civic, health and human services, environmental, and educational spheres. The $720,000 donation includes $665,000 in grants, plus the final payment of $55,000 for the Feed the Hungry Pantry refrigerated truck.
Paws 4 Liberty – Joseph Rainey, Donna Rainey, Nancy Cook, Bicf, and Heidi Sparazzo
Funds were raised over the past year by 140-plus volunteers and BallenIsles Country Club members through various fundraising events, including the Serena Williams Tennis Charity Event that took place on Monday, December 23, 2019. Williams and tennis professionals such as Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Johan Kriek, and Ann Grossman donated their time so that all proceeds could be distributed to The BallenIsles Charities Foundation.
First Tee of the Palm Beaches – Jack Barrett, Carl Ekstein, David Trout, Marsha Funk, Dr. Ed Slotnick, Ken Horner
“Together we’re making a difference,” said President of The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Mark Freeman. “Reaching our fundraising goal is a credit to the caring community of BallenIsles and the overwhelming support of our residents.”
Since The BallenIsles Charities Foundation was established in 2011 with the mission of raising awareness and money for needed community programs, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million in grants.
“I’m touched when I see the dedication our members have to make a difference in the lives of others,” Collison said. “They are truly concerned with the greater good.”
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – Kaylin Lowther, Mary Carhart, Michelle Gonzalez, Mark Freeman