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They are familiar faces at the multiple nonprofits at which they volunteer. But when it comes to charitable giving, this Martin County couple prefers to remain behind the scenes. Through their Minnow Fund at The Community Foundation, they easily and anonymously support a range of environmental and educational causes. They appreciate how The Foundation helps them to personalize their giving and direct funding to the organizations where it will do the most good. They also take advantage of opportunities to pool their donations with others on special initiatives to make an immediate and greater impact on our community.
For the Price family, philanthropy has always begun at home. In raising their young children, Gary and Judie price instilled the philosophy of giving back to others. They also led by example, through community volunteerism and charitable giving. Collectively, the Prices have left their mark throughout Martin County and beyond. The statue and fountain that they commissioned in Indian Riverside Park, “Life’s Journey,” was erected in memory of their daughter Christen and is part of her legacy supporting the arts. The ERIC (Elevating Residents in Crisis) Fund that they’ve established at The Community Foundation in memory of their son Eric, provides food, shelter and clothing to those in need, and welcomes contributions from others to continue this work.
Three generations of Lichtenbergers are connected through their shared passion for giving back. Much of their giving is done anonymously, yet they share their story in hopes that it will inspire others. Education is a big part of their giving legacy, from the University of Iowa engineering library to endowed chairs at University of Buffalo School of Management. Bill, the family patriarch, models purposeful giving. A perfect example is the family’s gift to create the Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commercial kitchen, which fueled a partnership with local farmers. Through their partnership with The Community Foundation, the family gains access to valuable expertise and a deep understanding of the nonprofit landscape locally, regionally and nationally.
Andrew & Robin Hunt
The Hunts are actively engaged in many of the charities they support. They do their homework and look for not for profit organizations that demonstrate real impact and have a proven track record. From the start, the Hunts’ Donor Advised Fund has focused primarily on non-profits that benefit youth and show results. One of the many charities they support is the First Tee of the Treasure Coast.
Long time St. Lucie County residents, Bruce and Bridget Abernethy, like to keep their charitable contributions local. The donations they make through their Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation center on children, families, and those who struggle with obtaining basic needs. They support mainly social service charities that serve St. Lucie County’s neediest, including Healthy Start of St. Lucie County, Mustard Seed Ministries, PACE Center for Girls, and St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. They are also dedicated members and supporters of the Rotary Club of Fort Pierce.
Tom Lytle believes there are three seasons of life: learning, earning and returning. The Lytle’s had little to go on when they started to look at non-profits they might support. Through a friend, they learned The Community Foundation could provide valuable information and guidance. “They knew where the money could do the most good, so that we could give with confidence,” Tom said. The Thomas & Barbara Lytle Family Fund at The Community Foundation supports organizations focused on the causes and issues that are important to the Lytles, like veterans services and the provision of basic human needs.
Judie & Gary Price
The Prices established the ERIC Fund to honor the life of their beloved son and to support the causes of social justice he backed in his lifetime. The fund name stands for what Eric believed philanthropy could do: Elevate Residents in Crisis. The Prices wanted the fund to reflect his genuine connection with people from every walk of life. Contributions made to social service non-profits will honor Eric’s memory and his legacy. This Fund was created to welcome donors that desire to amplify their giving by pooling their charitable gifts to support organizations that provide basic needs services.
Theora (Bunny) Webb
“It is the Innovative and eclectic projects that capture my interest,” said Bunny Webb. “Contributions I make through my Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation center on health, education, community welfare, and arts and culture,” she added. Among Bunny’s top charities are Cleveland Clinic Martin Health where she serves on three governing boards, the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Port St. Lucie, PACE Center for Girls, and Kids Connected by Design whose aim is to reduce the health disparities among minority babies.
As CEO of Premier Realty, the company started by her grandfather, Jessica Bohner wanted to create a large-scale corporate giving program. Working with The Community Foundation, she instituted the Premier Realty Group Charitable Giving Fund which has supported more than 35 local charities since its inception. Just a few of the charities supported are Equine Rescue, House of hope, Project LIFT, Tykes & Teens, and The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Gayle & Peter Grimm
The Grimms started and seeded the Forever Fund for the Common Good because they understand that communities are dynamic and always changing. They know that no one can predict what the precise needs will be in a few years, much less fifty years from now. The Forever Charitable Giving Fund is open to other individuals, families and interested contributors that want to strategically invest charitable dollars that will be available to address future needs.
Larry is leading the charge to revitalize the Lincoln Park community in Fort Pierce, where he grew up. He is committed to making sure that local children have every opportunity to thrive and succeed in both school and life. He established a Charitable Giving Fund that is open to individuals, families, and other interested contributors that want to join him in supporting Restoring the Village projects.