2 Boca charities make Impact 100’s big give

Two Boca Raton nonprofits that serve at-risk families received grants awarded annually by Boca-based Impact 100 Palm Beach County.

President Kathy Adkins announced all the recipients virtually Thursday evening in lieu of the group’s annual presentation.

Keep the Music Playing!, music instruction at Florida Atlantic University for middle and high school students, was one of the five $100,000 recipients. Kyle Prescott, FAU’s bands director, holds an annual summer band camp for at-risk elementary school kids, according to FAU. The grant will expand the program’s reach and include middle and high school students.

Appearing virtually, Prescott was elated, and thanked Impact 100 for literally keeping music alive for these students.

Boca Helping Hands was among five charities that split $65,000 as finalists.

“Although we are disappointed not to have been selected, we are honored to have been chosen as a finalist and we are grateful that the Impact 100 team saw our food storage expansion project as deserving of their consideration. We believe the project is vital to BHH’s ability to meet the growth in demand for our feeding programs and are hopeful that we can identify alternative sources of funding,” said Greg Hazle, executive director. “BHH would like to congratulate CityHouse of Delray for having been selected as the 2020 Impact 100 awardee in the Family category.”

For the 2020 grant year, Impact 100’s 565 members were able to award $100,000 to City House Inc., Community Greening Corp., Florida Atlantic University Foundation Inc. Department of Music, GIVT Inc. and Roots & Wings Inc.

The organization funds nonprofit initiatives in south Palm Beach County between Boca Raton and Lake Worth. Since it was founded nine years ago, the group has awarded more than $3.8 million in grants. This year, 110 grant applications were received. Applications for the 2021 10th anniversary year will open this fall.

Impact 100 is comprised of women who donate $1,000 annually. To join the chapter or learn more about the grant application process, visit www.impact100pbc.org or call 561-336-4623. To view the video go to https://www.facebook.com/Impact100PBC/

By Marci Shatzman

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