Foundation donations to benefit youth in community
The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation’s board approved donating a total of $48,000 to The Sanibel School and the Children’s Education Center of the Islands to help fill funding needs created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has donated $133,000 within the community since the crisis began.
“The foundation’s Grant Committee has been working with community leaders to identify gaps so we can step in and help address needs that would otherwise go unmet,” board President John McCabe said. “Our goal is to help ease the burdens of those in need and to enhance the quality of life in our community, without duplicating efforts.”
The Sanibel School received $20,000, with $10,000 to fund the reinstatement of its Leader in Me program and $10,000 to replenish books and other media in the library, The Sanctuary Media Center.
The CECI received $25,000 in scholarship grant funds for families to take part in its summer camp program or fall preschool and daycare. The foundation also donated $3,000 to install a sun-protective awning over an outdoor play area.
The school and CECI experienced significant funding losses after having to cancel major fundraisers. In addition, Lee County will provide less school funding due to the decline in tourism tax revenue.
“Ensuring we have safe and affordable daycare on our island, regardless of ability to pay, is essential for parents to be able to return back to work,” Board Member Lisa Schmidlin said. “We’re happy we can help make it easier for island families, and for all of us, to recover.”
For more information, contact Executive Director Ken Kouril at 239-472-6445.