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BallenIsles Charities Foundation sets new fundraising record, awarding $1,129,000 in financial grants to local area organizations

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (April 8, 2022) – The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, made up of members and residents of BallenIsles Country Club, recently announced that 52 not-for-profit and civic organizations serving the local Palm Beach Gardens community were recipients of 54 financial grants totaling a record $1,129,000.  

“The record-setting amount brings the cumulative grants awarded to more than $5.7 million since the Foundation was formed in 2011 with the mission of ‘Making a Difference’ in the local community,” said BallenIsles Charities Foundation President Mark Freeman.

Each of the organizations selected to receive a financial grant undertake extraordinary local community programs and were carefully vetted. The record funds raised are a credit to the generosity of BallenIsles residents, local businesses and corporate sponsors, contributions from volunteers, as well as BallenIsles club management and the community association. 

This year’s grants also include three Impact Grants to the Palm Beach Gardens Police & Fire Rescue Foundation for funding of the Emergency Assistance Fund for first responders and their families; The Boys & Girls Club of of Palm Beach County for replacement of air conditioning units at two of its clubs; and HACER-La Casita Food Pantry for a walk-in freezer to allow for expanded activities. 

For more information on The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, visit For more information on BallenIsles Country Club, visit

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BallenIsles Charities Foundation Board of Directors: Michael Muntner, Art Roffey, Carl Ekstein, Chere Goldstein, Mark Freeman, Jody Passov, Ira Theodore, Diane Brill, Allen Hirsch. (Not pictured: Ken Horner, Jack Robbins, Steven Funk)

About BallenIsles Country Club        
In 1963 legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club was also the host site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show. When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property. In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multimillion dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America. 

A $35 million clubhouse renovation was completed in November 2018, featuring 115,000 square feet of luxurious space; three championship courses with 54 holes of golf; a world-class 21-court tennis and 9-court pickleball complex; and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex with a full-service Cosmo & Company salon and spa, fitness center, Pilates & spin studios and resort-style swimming pool. For more information visit

Media Contact:
Becky Collison
BallenIsles Country Club
Director of Marketing & Communication

The 2022 Designated Beneficiaries of BallenIsles Charities Foundation and the specific programs being supported include:

·       211 PALM BEACH/TREASURE COAST - Suicide Prevention Helpline
·       ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC. - School Readiness Kits for Children in Need
·       ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE - Family Nurse Consultant and ID Locator Services 
·       AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CARRGIVING YOUTH - Respite Support for Youth who are the Primary Caregiver for an Ill or Disabled Family Member
·       BACK TO BASICS - School Clothing, Shoes, Socks, and Underwear for Underserved Children
·       BEST FOOT FORWARD FOUNDATION, INC. - Supports High School and College Students in Foster Care
·       BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, INC. - Workplace Youth Mentoring Program
·       BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE - Veteran Dog Training Program
·       BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC. - Jr. Staff Youth Employment
·       BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Poppy’s Corner Environmental Education Center
·       CARIDAD CENTER, INC. - Pediatric Dental Clinic for Children of the Working Poor
·       CARSON SCHOLARS FUND - Install and Furnish a Reading Room in a Title 1 Elementary School
·       CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING - Childhood Trauma Response Program
·       CENTER FOR TRAUMA COUNSELING - Accessible Mental Health Care for Children, Adolescents and Families
·       CHASIN A DREAM FOUNDATION - Hospital Backpacks for Children Newly Diagnosed with a Life-Threatening Illness
·       CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA - Safe Harbor Shelter and Counseling Services for at Risk Youth
·       CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS - BallenIsles Cultural Arts Performance
·       CLINICS CAN HELP - Durable Medical Equipment for Children with Special Needs
·       CONNECTIONS EDUCATION CENTER OF THE PALM BEACHES - Prepping for the Future Program for Middle and High School Students on the Autism Spectrum
·       DePORRES PLACE ADULT LITERACY CENTER - English Language Classes for Certified Nursing Assistant Students for Non-English Speakers 
·       FEED THE HUNGRY PANTRY, PBC, INC. - Feeding the Hungry in Palm Beach County
·       FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES - Outreach and Special Needs Programs and Program Scholarships
·       FLORIDA OUTREACH CENTER FOR THE BLIND, INC. - Technology to Advance Services for the Blind
·       FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN - Support for Family Members who Assume the Role of Foster Parent
·       GENESIS ASSISTANCE DOGS, INC. - Assistance Dog Training Program for Mobility Independence
·       GRANDMA'S PLACE - Emergency Shelter for Children who have Suffered Abuse or Neglect
·       GRANDMA'S PLACE - Family Respite Support - Ability, Behavior, Learning and Education
·       HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC. - Affordable Home Construction & Repair in the Glades Area
·       HACER MINISTRY CORP. - La Casita Food Pantry
·       HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC. - Basics4Babies – Emergency Pantry for Infants
·       HOMESAFE - Therapeutic Group Care Home for Youth
·       JACK THE BIKE MAN - Character Counts Bicycle Program in Palm Beach County Schools
·       LOVE SERVING AUTISM - Tennis and Life Skills Instruction for Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum
·       NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION - Replenishment of School Clothing, Underwear, and Personal Hygiene Items in Title 1 Schools
·       PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK - Childhood Hunger Initiatives Provides Weekend Food for Hungry Children and Their Families
·       PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF’S FOUNDATION - Sheriff’s Youth Scholarship Program for Underserved High School Seniors
·       PALM BEACH GARDENS FIRE RESCUE - Public Access Automated External Defibrillators
·       PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DEPT. - Pedego Electric Patrol Bikes
·       PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION 0 First Generation in College Scholarship Program
·       PAWS 4 LIBERTY - Service Dog Training for Disabled Veterans
·       PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY SUPPORT TEAM, INC. - The Butterfly Program: Giving Help and Hope to Local Children with Cancer at the End of Life
·       SWEET DREAM MAKERS - A Bed of My Own for Children and Families of the Working Poor
·       SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE PALM BEACHES - New and Refurbished Musical Instruments for Needy Students
·       THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF WEST PALM BEACH - Continuum of Care Program, including Mental Health Services and Telehealth Clinic for the Underserved
·       THE JACOB S. ZWEIG FOUNDATION - New Shoes for Elementary through High School Students in Need of Shoes
·       THE LEARNING ACADEMY AT THE ELS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE - Job Related Education for High School Students on the Autism Spectrum
·       THE LEARNING CENTER AT THE ELS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE - Educational Curriculum for Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
·       THE LORD'S PLACE - Housing and Services for Homeless Women and their Children in the Homeless Women’s Facility
·       VITA NOVA, INC. - Vita Nova Village – Homeless Youth Transitional Housing Program for Young Adults who Age Out of Foster Care
·       WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE SCHOOL - Technology Support for Students in Test Prep and Language Arts
·       WEST JUPITER COMMUNITY GROUP - Reading Nook Updates and Music Room Improvements for the Edna Runner Tutorial Center After School Program
·       WEST PALM BEACH POLICE FOUNDATION - The Cops and Scholars Program Provides Underserved Youth with the Necessary School Supplies at the Start of the Academic Year
·       WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND - Emergency Financial Relief for Veterans and their Families in Palm Beach County
·       WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND - Dental Program for Disabled Veterans with No Dental Coverage

Listing of Corporate Sponsors:
Diamond Level:
First Republic Bank/Barry Berg, Mercedes-Benz of North Palm Beach, The Weisberg Group/Rhonda & Lee Weisberg and Jillian Benson, Troon, Visiting Angels of Palm Beaches

Golden Level:
ADT Community Association Program, Club Car, Hedrick Brothers Construction, Illustrated Properties/Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill, Kitroser & Associates Law, Legacy Contracting Solutions, Leibowitz Group/Andrew & Michael Leibowitz and Joanne Feldman, Merrill-The Gurien Group

Silver Level:
Bank of America, Braman Motor Cars, Cheney Brothers-CBI, Doane and Doane PA, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP, Lotzco Inc., Mathison Whittles, LLP, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Palm Beach Yacht Club, Sir Speedy West Palm Beach, Sullivan Electric-Pump, The Cooper