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Nominations Open for Cape Coral Community Foundation's 2017 Elmer Tabor Generosity Award
Do you know someone who makes it a part of his or her life's mission to help others? Who has the courage to take decisive action and the wisdom to face aggressive challenges?
Do you know someone who can follow Elmer Tabor's example, the Cape Coral businessman who many refer to as one of Southwest Florida's most generous leaders?
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Elmer Tabor Generosity Award, to be presented to an individual in our region who exemplifies the qualities of selfless service and whose life message - through word and deed - says, "I care for you and I have time for you."
In 2007, the Cape Coral Community Foundation established the award to honor and recognize outstanding philanthropists, individuals who have a record of exceptional generosity that demonstrates outstanding civic or charitable responsibility, and whose leadership encourages others in philanthropic roles to benefit the Southwest Florida region.
For more information, contact the Foundation. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 28, 2017. The honoree will be announced at the Cape Coral Community Foundation's Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner, to be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
CCCF Welcomes New Board Members
The Cape Coral Community Foundation welcomed two new members and one trustee to its Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that began July 1. Pictured, left to right are:
- Kevin Ahmadi, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Village
- Laura Koehn, Marketing Director, CapeCoral.com
- Tim Hauck, Managing Partner, Fuller Metz Creamation & Funeral Services
The 2016-2017 officers for the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board of Directors are:
- Brian Gomer, Board Chair, Vice President, Premier Cape Construction, Inc.
- ToniRae Hurley, Board Vice Chair, Vice President/Branch Manager, IBERIABANK
- Keith Veres, Board Treasurer, Principal, Director of HBK Corporate Finance, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Financial Advisor, HBKS Wealth Advisors
- Steve Riggs, Board Secretary, Retired Business Executive, Price Cooper Waterhouse
- John Bobb, Senior Vice President & Private Wealth Advisor, FineMark National Bank & Trust
- Donna Caruso, Financial Service Professional, DJC Insurance & Financial Services, New York Life Insurance Company
- MerriBeth Farnham, Creative Director, HD PR Group
- Dennis Gingerich, Founding Pastor, Cape Christian Fellowship
- Alison Hussey, Partner, Pavese Law Firm
- Dr. Gary Jackson, Retired Economist, Florida Gulf Coast University
- Sally Jackson, System Director of Government & Community Relations, Lee Memorial Health System
- Wayne Kirkwood, President, Kirkwood Electric, Inc.
- Robert Knight, President, Paul Homes
- Joseph Padgett, Department Head, LCEC
- Steve Pohlman, Parks & Recreation Director, City of Cape Coral
2016-2017 Community Impact Grants
The Cape Coral Community Foundation has awarded $275,000 in grant and scholarship distributions so far this year. Reinvesting in the community through grant making is made possible by the generosity of donors who make gifts that are unrestricted or designated for a particular field of interest. After receiving a record number of grant applications, the CCCF Grant Committee, along with the Giving Alliance of Women Grant Committee, was honored to be able to visit, learn about, research, and carefully deliberate the requests from our area's nonprofits.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016-2017 Cape Coral Community Foundation Grant Program, the Giving Alliance of Women Grant Program & Charity of Choice Program, and donor-advised and designated fund distributions.
Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.
Alliance for the Arts
Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center
American Red Cross
Animal Refuge Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Cape Coral Art League
Cape Coral Caring Center
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife
Cape Coral Historical Society Museum
Cape Coral Technical College
Children's Home Society
Community Cooperative, Inc.
Down Syndrome Supported Living, Inc.
Dr. Piper Center for Social Services
Florida Helps Foundation
Friends of Nursing (LMHS Foundation)
Galisano Children's Hospital
Girl Scouts of the Gulf Coast
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Greyhound Pets of America - Daytona Beach Chapter
Guardian ad Litem Foundation (Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida)
Guardian Angels for Special Populations
Gulf Coast Humane Society
Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Heights Center
Hope HeathCare Services
I Will Mentorship Foundation
Learning for Life
Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida
Lifeline Family Center
Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Inventors Hall of Fame
PACE Center for Girls, Lee County
Partners for Breast Cancer Care
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Saint Andrew Catholic School
The Salvation Army
Samaritan Health & Wellness
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida
William B. Austen Youth Center
Young Artists Awards
Scholarship Opportunity for Classroom Teachers
The Helen & Edward Brancati Teacher Development Scholarship
is accepting applications through
October 31, 2016
. This scholarship is designed to assist classroom teachers who would like to continue their post graduate education, take continuing education classes, or attend workshops or conferences to enhance their education and experience.
Patricia Portman Joins the CCCF's Legacy Society
Legacy Society membership is a tangible step toward building charitable assets for the future and sustaining the organizations that serve our neighbors and our communities. We are fortunate to count Patricia Portman, Cape Coral Community Foundation's first Executive Director, among our Legacy Society members. Thank you for your past leadership, your continued support, and your generosity!
For more information on the Legacy Society, call 239-542-5594 or reply to this email.
Cape Coral Community Foundation Calendar
October 18, 2016: CCCF Executive Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m., CCCF Board Room
November 17, 2016: CCCF Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30 a.m. Cape Christian Fellowship
January 12, 2017: Professional Advisors Lunch & Learn, 11:30 a.m. (Location: TBA)
March 30, 2017: Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner, Former Board Members Reunion & Elmer Tabor Generosity Award Presentation
April 22-25, 2017: Philanthropy Leaders & Experts Academy (a special gathering of national private, family and corporate foundation executives), The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village (by invitation only)
May 4, 2017: More Money for Ministry: Inspiring Generosity in the Faith Community