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Generous Donors Filled the Ballroom

Thank you to our many generous donors who filled the John’s Island Golf Club ballroom on January 29th for our annual JI Foundation donor reception! As over 300 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres, Foundation President Ken Wessel explained the vital role the Foundation plays in supporting the capital needs of Indian River County agencies serving the disadvantaged. Guests also viewed an inspirational video about the Foundation’s support of the Wabasso School which is meeting the needs of special education students who are learning to live independently.

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“We’re very proud as a Foundation to support the Wabasso School. It’s a place where you’re able to see the students transitioning into the world and it’s gratifying to know that we played a small part in this effort!” Ken Wessel, JI Foundation President

Our site review teams are wrapping up visits to 23 agencies who have made grant applications of almost $800,000 to the Foundation. Site team captain Dennis Longwell reported on a recent trip to St. Francis Manor, which seeks funding to complete an 18-room expansion that will offer modern, safe and secure housing for low-income seniors who are primarily dependent on Social Security income. Longwell observed, “The availability of such housing in our county is very limited with long waiting lists before openings actually occur.” 

JI Site Review Team at St. Francis Manor. From left to right: Captain Dennis Longwell, Linda Scott (Executive Director); Ann Rhoads; Pat Brier (Foundation board member); Maria Elena Kitchell and Anthony Dzelski (St. Francis board members); and Susie and Dave Hentschel.

The needs in our community are great and we are truly thankful for the outpouring of support from our generous donors in John’s Island!

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