The rainy weather did not damper the excitement and energy of the highly-anticipated Impact the Palm Beaches 2019 Annual Awards Presentation on January 31, at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.
Impact the Palm Beaches Grant Presentation was an exciting and inspiring evening where three finalists (nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County) presented their request for funding to the members, a vote was taken and the $148,000 in high impact grants were distributed.
The Center for Child Counseling won the first place $100,000 Impact Grant and the semi-finalists, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc. and Parent-Child Center each received a $24,000 Merit Grant. The three finalists were chosen from more than 44 applications that were received.
The $100,000 Impact Grant recipient- The Center for Child Counseling specializes in providing services for children and caregivers impacted by trauma, violence and abuse through quality counseling at local childcare centers and schools in high-risk neighborhoods. Their programs and expertise are grounded in scientifically-sound research about early brain development and the impact of adversity and trauma on young children. In partnership with the School District, the grant money will go towards on-site therapists to two local schools in at -risk communities to provide co-located mental health services and training. Their unique model/program brings fresh new solution to an escalating issue. Rates of depression, violence and school shootings are on rising. This evidence-based program helps children succeed by equipping them with skills needed to self-regulate, encouraging autonomy and resilience. They help teachers and caregivers by building skills to help students’ social-emotional growth, ensuring an environment where all are free to learn. Their future vision is for this model to be replicated in schools across the district, state and nation.
The first $24,000 Merit Grant winner-Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches (MOWPB) was incorporated in 2010 as a result of unmet needs of the homebound seniors in Palm Beach County. The grant will be used to purchase new kitchen equipment.
Melinda Barham, Christine DelVechio and Jennifer Eaton – Photo Credit: Capehart
The additional $24,000 Merit Grant winner-Parent-Child Center (PCC) provides child and family mental health counseling services. Services include a comprehensive array of prevention and treatment services for children and families experiencing emotional/behavioral problems due to issues of trauma, abuse and neglect. The grant will assist in adding psychiatric services to their current services including child tele-psychiatry- the future of treatment for vulnerable populations with a mental health diagnosis.
Impact the Palm Beaches is a unique organization of dynamic women who make transformational change in their local community through collective philanthropy. Each woman contributes $1,000 towards the $100,000 grant allowing for an impactful grant to an organization rather than lots of smaller gifts. Impact grants fund the following areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health and Wellness.
“The grants committee was fortunate to have 44 incredible funding opportunities from which to choose,” said Beth Walton, Impact the Palm Beaches Co-Chair. “Our extensive review process allows us to determine where our dollars will have the greatest impact for both the organization we fund and the people they serve. It was difficult to narrow the field down to just three finalists, but we were inspired by the caliber of the final projects and believe that through them Impact the Palm Beaches will continue to be a catalyst for positive transformation across Palm Beach County for years to come.”
WPBF 25 Meteorologist, Sandra Shaw served as the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio was a keynote speaker along with Laura Fredericks author of The Ask.
Sponsors included: Town of Palm Beach United Way; Ballentine Partners; Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil P.A.; Daszkal Bolten; The Everglades Foundation; Image Skin Care; Island Living & Patio; Lickstein Plastic Surgery; Mettler Randolph Massey Ferguson Carroll & Sterrlacci P.L.; Gunster; Trustbridge Hospice Foundation; and Palm Beach Illustrated.
About Impact 100:
Impact 100 is a worldwide organization with more than 50 chapters and awarding over $55 million in high impact grants. Their motto is “One Woman, One Meeting, One Vote”. It is designed for women who wish to find an efficient and collaborative means of creating transformational change in their community. Women can become as involved as they wish in the process.
About Impact the Palm Beaches:
Founded in 2015, Impact the Palm Beaches is a unique organization of dynamic women who make transformational change in their local community through collective philanthropy. Impact members each contribute $1,000 annually and award at least one $100,000 Impact grant to a local non-profit organization. Impact the Palm Beaches serves the northern portion of the county from Lake Worth to Jupiter and is a charitable fund of the Community Foundation Palm Beach and Martin Counties.