Published On: Fri, Jul 1st, 2016

Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Grants $56,000 To 25 Local Nonprofits Donations Presented Via Club’s New “Service Above Self” Grant Program Funded By Proceeds of Its Inaugural Boca Raton Mayors Ball

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton ‘Service Above Self’ grant program that was funded by the proceeds from the Club’s inaugural 2015 Boca Raton Mayors Ball has gifted $56,000 to 25 local nonprofits and Rotary International “Polio Plus”.  According to Founding Co-chair of the Mayors Ball and Club President Jon A. Kaye, the recipients were selected for grant fulfillment to help fund specific health and wellness programs and services needs.

In addition to the 25 nonprofit grants, the Club has also made a $5,000 donation to the Boca Raton Historical Society recognizing it as a community partner for the Mayors Ball and a donation of $8,300
to Rotary International to help eradicate polio on national and global fronts.  For championing the tradition of bringing indelible visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton, the inaugural Boca Raton Mayors Ball honored Barb Schmidt, as an individual, Boca Raton Bowl as a for-profit and American Association of Caregiving Youth as a nonprofit. Each were presented the “George E. Long Award” named for the City’s first appointed mayor in 1924 designed and donated by Tiffany & Co. of Town Center at Boca Raton.

Based on grant criteria, submitted grant applications and monies requested by nonprofits for earmarked health and wellness needs, $5,000 was presented to each of the following:

  • American Disabilities Foundation Boating & Beach Bash: underwrite the annual event’s
    Kids Fun Zone


    Check for $5,000 Presented to Boca Beach Bash for Americans Disabilities Foundation

  • Florence Fuller Child Development Centers: to support services via nonprofit’s health and education program for undeserved children and families that provides health interventions and support not otherwise accessible for more than 700 children, age six weeks to 12 years


    Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Presents $5,000 check to Florence Fuller Child Development Centers

  • PROPEL: vision screening exams and each registered student in PROPEL and eyeglasses as needed


    $5,000 Presented to PROPEL

  • The Volen Center: to help fund a matching grant by Department of Transportation for the purchase of a new van to transport seniors and disabled clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other destinations with funds matched.

Presented $5,000 to Volen Center for Van

IMG_7836IMG_7841Additional grants for defined health and wellness programs and/or services were also presented to:


“Our club is proud of how much the proceeds from the inaugural Boca Raton Mayors Ball funded by our ‘Service Above Self’ grant program will positively impact the health and wellness of our community-at-large,” adds Kaye, who reported that the 2nd Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball is scheduled to take place Saturday evening, October 8, 2016 at Broken Sound Club.  “In our dedication to keeping our outstanding community growing strong, we look forward to continuing to make a difference in our community and the lives of many thorough an active membership environment that embraces integrity, friendship, camaraderie and trust.”

For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the second annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball, visit or contact Jon A. Kaye at 561-392-5166 or Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email


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