Help’s on the way thanks to Impact 100

Drum roll please. Three Boca Raton charities will be able to help more people in need and their pets thanks to Impact 100 Palm Beach County.

The woman-only nonprofit wrapped the 10th year of grant giving by announcing the winners on May 19 at Boca Raton Innovation Campus.

Tri-County Animal Rescue was the only Boca nonprofit among six receiving $100,000 grants, the largest awarded. PROPEL and Florence Fuller Child Development Centers each received $13,000 among $52,000 remainder of funds each member donates to further community giving.

“Our reach-out will be vast,” Tri-County Animal Rescue co-founder and executive director Suzi Goldsmith said about funding for their Together Fur-Ever program.

Now they can expand low- and no-cost medical and dental care to cats and dogs at their Lois Pope Pet Clinic by at least 200 animals, she said.

The pet clinic and staff do everything from dental x-rays and treatment to spay and neutering, vaccinations and surgery. Pet owners who can’t afford private veterinary care now have a place to go, she said. “Some seniors will spend money on their animals first and not medicine for themselves,” Goldsmith said, adding they would have to put their pets down otherwise.

PROPEL’s grant will provide seed money for VIRTUTOR. The program is described as “providing remedial academic support, outside the classroom, both live and virtually, for students in underserved communities.”

“We’re so excited. This is our first official grant,” said executive director Drew Gaut. Using Zoom, “we can now extend our reach to Broward and other communities in Palm Beach County from our relationships with the schools.”

The program’s total cost is $300,000 to provide computers, tutors, teachers and software for 400 students.

PROPEL has some spots open for their free, three-week summer program. Email or

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers’, that serves 900 at-risk children on two Boca campuses, received funds for Healthy Families for Life.

“Both parents and children come together to learn nutrition, healthy lifestyle programs, physical fitness and better cooking on a budget to increase resilience to chronic and acute health conditions and create more stable families and futures,” the program description says.

Impact 100 of Palm Beach County president Kathy Adkins and president-elect Holly Schuttler made the presentations in behalf of 650 local members. Here’s the rest of the winners:  or





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