Impact 100 Palm Beach County past grant recipients show gratitude at ‘Wine and Lite Bites’ reception

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More than 175 inspired women gathered at The Delray Beach Club recently when Impact 100 Palm Beach County hosted its “Wine and Lite Bites” annual membership event. Prospective and current members of Impact 100, which awards high-impact grants annually to local nonprofit organizations, were treated to cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres as they listened to the success stories of past grant recipients. Representatives from Equine Assisted Therapies, one of two 2013 $100,000 grant recipients, and Best Foot Forward, one of the four 2015 recipients, shared how the $100,000 grants have helped their organizations transform so many lives in Palm Beach County. Michelle Rubin, board member of Equine Assisted Therapies, was the first to speak on how their grant has helped provide more therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted therapies to children and adults with physical, mental and emotional difficulties by enabling them to buy another horse to expand their program. Donna Biase, co-founder of Best Foot Forward, explained how their grant has changed lives in its Grounded for Life program, which supports foster care youth’s aspirations to graduate from high school and transition into post-secondary education. “We are kicking off our membership year with an ambitious goal of 500 members,” said Susan Duane, Co-President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County. “We are so grateful for our past success and anxious to build upon it in 2016. The presentations tonight by past grant recipients, reminds us of the great need in our area, and gives us the motivation to begin Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s fifth year with renewed energy and enthusiasm.” Karen Sweetapple, Co-President of Impact 100, joined Mrs. Duane and Tandy Robinson, Co-Founder, at the podium to present the Impact 100 “efficient philanthropy” video. The motivating video explained how in four short years, Impact 100 has given over a million dollars to nonprofit organizations in South Palm Beach County. “It was an enjoyable evening and the video was a great introduction to what Impact 100 is accomplishing in our community,” said new member Natalie Carlisle. “I’m excited to join other women with a heart for philanthropy who come together to effectively meet needs in our area.” By donating $1,000*, members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County will vote for programs of local non-profit organizations in the categories of education, environment, arts and culture, family and health and wellness at the Grand Awards Celebration, to be held on April 19, 2016, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton. More information on Impact 100 is available at 561.336.4623 or at impact100pbc@ gmail.com.