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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

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. – The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, comprised of members and residents of BallenIsles Country Club, recently announced that 52 nonprofit and civic organizations serving the local Palm Beach Gardens community were recipients of 54 financial grants totaling $1,129. 000 US dollars were.

“The record-breaking amount totals more than $5.7 million since the foundation’s inception in 2011 with a mission to ‘make a difference’ in the local community,” said Mark Freeman, president of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation.

Each of the organizations selected to receive a financial grant implements exceptional local community programs and has been carefully screened. The record monies raised are a credit to the generosity of BallenIsles residents, local businesses and corporate sponsors, the contributions of 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 to fund the Emergency Assistance Fund for first responders and their families; The Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County for replacing air conditioning units in two of its clubs; and HACER-La Casita Food Pantry for a walk-in freezer to accommodate expanded activities.

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About BallenIsles Country Club

In 1963, legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America partnered with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-level golf course. Over the next decade, BallenIsles, then called the PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments such as the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The club also hosted the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and hosted the first PGA Merchandise Show. When the agreement between MacArthur and the PGA of America expired in 1973, the club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. Over the next 15 years, the renowned local country club played host to many celebrity and professional golfers and hosted many events at the property’s three golf courses. 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, multi-million 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 and includes 115,000 square feet of luxurious space. three championship 54-hole courses; a world-class 21-court tennis court and a 9-court pickleball complex; and a state-of-the-art sports complex featuring a full-service Cosmo & Company salon and spa, fitness center, Pilates and spin studios, and resort-style swimming pool. For more information visit

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The 2022 designated beneficiaries of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation and the specific programs supported include:

  • 211 PALM BEACH/TREASURE COAST – Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC. – School readiness kits for children in need
  • ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE – Advisor for Family Caregivers and ID Locator
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CARRGIVING YOUTH – Relief support for youth who are the primary caregiver for a sick or disabled family member
  • BACK TO BASICS – School clothes, shoes, socks and underwear for underserved children
  • BEST FOOT FORWARD FOUNDATION, INC. – Assists high school and college students in foster care
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, INC. – Mentoring program for young people in the workplace
  • BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE – Training program for experienced dogs
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS BY PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC. – Jr. Staff youth employment
  • BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – Poppy’s Corner Environmental Education Center
  • CARIDAD CENTER INC. – Children’s Dental Clinic for children of the working poor
  • CARSON SCHOLARS FUND – Furnishing and furnishing of a reading room in a Title 1 elementary school
  • CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING – Childhood Trauma Response Program
  • CENTER FOR DREAM ADVICE – Barrier-free psychiatric care for children, young people 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 – Ballen Isles Cultural Arts Performance
  • CLINIC CAN HELP – Durable medical gear for children with special needs
  • CONNECTIONS EDUCATION CENTER OF THE PALM BEACHES – Preparing for the future program for middle and high school students on the autism spectrum
  • DePORRES PLACE ADULT LITERACY CENTER – English classes for Certified Nursing Assistants for non-English speaking students
  • 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 promote services for the blind
  • FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN – Support for family members who take on the role of foster parents
  • 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 MANKIND BY PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC. – Affordable house construction and repair in the Glades Area
  • HACER MINISTRY CORP. – La Casita pantry
  • HEALTHY MOMS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC. – Basics4Babies – Emergency pantry for toddlers
  • HOMESAFE – Therapeutic Group Nursing Home for Adolescents
  • JACK THE BIKE MAN – Character Counts Bike Program in Palm Beach County Schools
  • LOVE SERVING AUTISM – Tennis and life skills classes 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 GARDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT – Publicly available automated external defibrillators
  • PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DEPARTMENT. – Pedego Electric Patrol Bikes
  • PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION 0 First Generation Scholarship Program in College
  • PAWS 4 LIBERTY – Service Dog Training for Disabled Veterans
  • PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY SUPPORT TEAM, INC. – The Butterfly Program: Help and hope for local children with cancer at the end of their lives
  • SWEET DREAM MAKERS – A bed for children and families of the working poor
  • SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE PALM BEACHES – New and refurbished musical instruments for needy students
  • WEST PALM BEACH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER – Continuing care program including psychiatric health services and telemedicine clinic for the underserved
  • THE JACOB S. ZWEIG FOUNDATION – New shoes for elementary through high school students in need of shoes
  • THE LEARNING ACADEMY OF THE ELS COMPETENCE CENTER – Vocational training for students on the autism spectrum
  • THE LEARNING CENTER OF THE ELS CENTER OF EXPERTISE – Educational Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • THE LORD’S PLACE – Accommodation and services for homeless women and their children at the Homeless Women’s Facility
  • VITA NOVA, INC. – Vita Nova Village – Homeless youth transitional placement program for young adults coming out of foster care
  • WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE SCHOOL – Technology support for students in exam preparation and language arts
  • WEST JUPITER COMMUNITY GROUP – Reading Corner 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 school supplies they need 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 without dental care

List 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 Beachs

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

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