Grant Recipients “WOW” Audience at Impact Day

Impact Day, an annual event sponsored by Impact 100 Indian River to honor grant recipients, was held January 17 at the United Against Poverty headquarters in Vero Beach. Impact 100 members, guests, and community partners gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 2023 grantees. Representatives from each organization were present at booths answering questions, providing insight, and engaging attendees in meaningful conversation.

Last spring, after a comprehensive grant writing and selection process, five local nonprofit agencies were chosen to share equally in a half million-dollar grant allocation funded by the women of Impact 100 IR. Grant recipients are Gifford Youth Orchestra, The Source, The Learning Alliance, Senior Resource Associates and Whole Family Health Center. Each received $100,000 grants to pursue forward-thinking projects that would invigorate their organizations and provide expanded services to the Indian River community.

The highlight of the evening was listening to five presentations given by leaders from each of the nonprofit agencies. Presenters shared in-depth information about each project and how Impact 100 helped make their dream a reality. It was humbling to witness the dedication and personal commitment of each presenter as they connected with the audience. We are fortunate to have these exceptional leaders in the Indian River community.

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The Gifford Youth Orchestra, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Crystal Bujol and executive director Casey Lunceford, unveiled of plans for their state-of-the-art audio recording and communications studio.

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The Learning Alliance, represented by arts integration specialist Debbi Arseneaux, proudly shared the successful launch of the Moonshot Lab School in collaboration with the School District of Indian River County.

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The Senior Resource Association vice president of Philanthropy Liz Bruner announced they have substantially reduced the waiting list for the Meals on Wheels program by acquiring additional refrigeration, food warmers and a route management app.

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The Source director of Mental Health Services Charlene Morris unveiled initiatives funded by The Impact 100 grant, including Mental Health First Aid training for staff and volunteers.

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Whole Family Health Center, spearheaded by CEO Marie Andress, is breaking barriers in healthcare access with the launch of the WFHC Mobile Medical Office program funded by an Impact 100 grant. The Mobile Medical Office was on hand for members to tour.

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Tiffany Bent