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    CFFK Provides $235,000 More for Ongoing Hurricane Irma Recovery; Total Aid Now $1.4 Million

    CFFK has now provided a total of $1.4 million for relief and recovery efforts since Hurricane Irma struck the Keys last September. The latest round of grants totals nearly $235,000 and supports 34 nonprofits throughout the Keys for ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts. The grants are thanks to generous donations to the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and the Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys at CFFK.

    The 34 new grants will help nonprofit organizations with repairs, cleanup, supplies and materials, and assist residents still in need. The $234,542 in funding complements several rounds of grants previously awarded to nonprofit partners that have benefitted tens of thousands of residents from Key West to Key Largo.

    “One of the Community Foundation’s most important roles is to help with our community’s critical needs,” says Dianna Sutton, CFFK President/CEO. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to help thousands of children, families and other residents in need, as well as businesses and nonprofits throughout the Keys in their recovery and rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Irma. We’re grateful for the incredible generosity of so many people around the country who have joined us in this effort.”

    Community Advisory Committees representing areas of the Keys (Key West, Lower, Middle and Upper Keys) reviewed applications to determine how to best meet the local area’s needs. The committees made recommendations to CFFK’s Grant Committee for final determination.

    New Grants from the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and the Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys:

    • A. H. of Monroe County (AIDS Help), $10,000 for repairs and cleanup of residential properties.
    • Anchors Aweigh Club, $3,810 for roof repairs.
    • Big Pine Academy, $11,200 for classroom repairs.
    • Bluewater in the Keys (Grace Church of Gwinnett), $10,000 for facility repairs.
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys Area, $10,000 for facility repairs, equipment and supplies.
    • Coral Isles Church, $10,000 for porch and roof repairs.
    • DOLPHINS to Stop Domestic Violence, $1,000 for counseling services.
    • Educational Coalition for Monroe County, $5,000 for supplies for needy high school students.
    • Florida Keys Area Health Education Center, $10,000 for facility repairs.
    • Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, $10,000 for youth counseling.
    • Florida Keys Council of the Arts, $6,000 to support artists in the Upper Keys.
    • Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, $2,500 to provide supplies for mothers and babies.
    • Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation, $2,784 for facility repairs and equipment.
    • Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust at Crane Point Hammock, $10,000 for roof repairs to the Crane Point Museum.
    • Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, $2,000 for equipment and supplies for services in the Upper Keys.
    • Garden Club of the Upper Keys, $2,500 for facility cleanup, repairs and landscaping.
    • Glad Tidings Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, $5,000 for facility repairs and supplies.
    • Grace Jones Community Center, $5,000 to provide community assistance.
    • Growing Hope Foundation, $5,000 for restoration and repairs to Grimal Grove.
    • Guidance/Care Center, $16,000 for facility and equipment improvements, including costs for a new generator.
    • Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys, $16,000 for home repairs and construction costs.
    • Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, $10,000 to provide temporary housing for 50 households under construction due to damages.
    • KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resources), $12,000for repairs and supplies to Keys boats utilized for affordable housing.
    • Learning Center of Key West, $3,000 for daycare services.
    • Marathon Community Theatre, $7,500 for repairs and restoration of the theater.
    • Marathon Wild Bird Center, $4,950 for facility repairs, equipment and supplies, including pet carriers used to transport birds.
    • Matecumbe Historical Trust, $3,000 for property cleanup and repairs to the caboose.
    • May Sands Montessori School, $5,400 for roof repairs to an outside area used for meals and breaks.
    • Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, $3,500 for property repairs and equipment.
    • Sister Season Fund, $5,000 to provide rent and utility assistance for those still in need.
    • Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, $9,398 for roof repairs, cleanup and supplies for the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter (KOTS).
    • Special Olympics Florida – Monroe County, $2,000 for replacement of equipment and supplies to provide youth programs.
    • Star of the Sea Outreach Mission, $10,000 for facility repairs and supplies for Keys programs, including programs specifically in the Upper Keys.
    • Mary Star of the Sea Basilica, $5,000 for repairs and equipment for the school playground, which is also used for a community summer camp.

    Two New Leaders Join Community Foundation Board

    We’re pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Governors. Community leaders Mary Barley, of Islamorada, and John DeWald, of Key West, have joined the board for a three-year term.

    “These two community leaders bring incredible local business and community expertise to our board” said Ron Burd, CFFK Board Chair. “They will be a great help in our efforts to strengthen nonprofit organizations and work with our donor partners throughout the Keys.”

    Mary Barley

    Mary Barley is a major supporter of wildlife and environmental issues. She serves on numerous boards and councils, including Chair of The Everglades Trust, and member of the History and Discovery Center, the Upper Keys Foundation, the Everglades Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Marine Leadership Committee, and National Parks Conservation Association, and many others. A long-time resident of Islamorada, Mary has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including profiles in national magazines and newspapers, and was named a “Hero of the Planet” by TIME magazine.

    John DeWald

    John DeWald is a retired senior executive, having worked for more than 40 years in the Broadcast Entertainment Industry, most recently serving as a senior executive of program operations for NBC-Comcast. His positions have included overseeing administrative, financial, managerial and logistical operations for the television network as well as NBC News and Sports. He has served on a number of community boards, including The Clockwork Theatre Company in New York, and is Treasurer of 35 Sutton Owner’s Corporation. John has also been a volunteer educational mentor for the Take Stock in Children program in Monroe County.

    Ron Burd Appointed Board Chair; New Officers Elected for 2018-19

    Ron Burd

    We’re pleased to announce that Ron Burd has been appointed Chair of our Board of Governors for 2018-19. Ron is a retired executive vice president of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and his entire career was devoted to the leadership of nonprofit organizations.

    “I’m honored to serve as Chair of the board and play a leadership role in the Community Foundation’s important efforts,” says Ron. “Working together with our generous donors and vital nonprofit partners, we’re creating a community-wide charitable network that is building a better future for our wonderful Keys.”

    Chair Ron Burd’s distinguished career also included serving for 20 years as President and CEO of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, the country’s largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health services to children and adults. He is the founding Chair of the Child Mental Health Division of Child Welfare League of America. He currently serves on the Keys Advisory Board of Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key. Ron is also a licensed Coast Guard Captain and avid swimming and sailing enthusiast. He joined the CFFK Board in 2015.

    In addition to Ron, the Community Foundation’s newly elected Executive Committee is:

    •  Will Langley (vice chair – development)
    • Greg Oropeza (vice chair – grants)
    • Ann Reynolds (vice chair – investment)
    • Ken Silverman (treasurer and vice chair – finance)
    • Rosi Ware (vice chair – marketing)
    • Doug Mayberry (secretary)