At its quarterly meeting in July the Moorings Park Foundation awarded more than $1,000,000 to the local community. Almost all of the Foundation’s funds come from the generosity of the residents of the three Moorings Park retirement communities, Moorings Park, Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, and Moorings Park Grande Lake, which is currently under construction.
“Since its inception, the Moorings Park Foundation’s mission has been to create a culture of philanthropy which provides opportunities to benefit the residents of Moorings Park, its employees and the greater community,” stated Dan Lavender, CEO of Moorings Park. “These wonderful awards continue this important tradition, and are another demonstration of the generosity of the residents of Moorings Park.”
Of the $1.2 million, the Foundation board approved over $400,000 in local community and education grants. The grants provide needed funding to selected agencies that serve older adults in need, and to local colleges, technical schools and organizations that help educate the general community.
Over $300,000 funded a scholarship program for Moorings Park employee families. Other Foundation support from residents was awarded to a local healthcare facility serving needy, older adults. An additional $500,000 was raised for an initiative supporting the building of affordable housing in Collier County.
Grant-winning agencies serving local older adults in need are: AVOW Hospice, David Lawrence Mental Health Center, Golden Gate Senior Center, Legal Aid Service of Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier, Naples Senior Center, the Parkinson’s Association, Step Smart Collier and Valerie’s House.
Additional grants were awarded to the following local educational programs: Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College, Grace Place, Guadalupe Center, Hodges University, Immokalee Technical College and Lorenzo Walker Technical College.
The Moorings Park Foundation is a non-profit entity of Moorings Park, a nationally accredited, non-profit, Medicare-certified community and one of the only Life Plan communities with A or A+ ratings by Fitch and S&P.
For information regarding the Moorings Park Foundation call Betsi Jones at (239) 919-1692.