Community Foundation of PEI Annual Awards Reception
Scholarships & Awards Valued at Over $340,000 Presented
The Community Foundation of PEI held its Annual Awards Reception on Thursday, August 11th at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall – Holland College and presented more than $340,000 in grants and scholarships. Over 100 people were in attendance for the special evening.
Before the official presentations got underway, CFPEI Staff, Board of Directors as well as Fundholders and recipients gathered for a brief social to mingle and celebrate – the first time since 2019.
While there were many highlights throughout the evening, one of the most memorable moments was the presentation of the inaugural Jacob Simmons Memorial Scholarship. An endowment was established at the Foundation as a tribute to the memory of Jacob Simmons of Point Prim, PEI, an avid athlete who was killed at the age of 27 by an impaired driver while cycling on June 12, 2020. The first annual scholarship valued at $2,500 was awarded to Carter Bruce of Immanuel Christian High School by Jacob’s mother & sister, Brenda & Janna Simmons.
The attendees also heard a message from Cheryl Young of Breach Grove Home – one of several recipients of the 2022 CFPEI Community Impact Fund grants awarded during the evening. Cheryl spoke about the importance of these funds and how they will be used to improve access to an outdoor courtyard for residents to increase frequency of visitation to the outdoors promoting better health and wellbeing and preventing social isolation of residents who are present, are intimated by leaving the security of their living space within the home. These courtyards create an area where residents, family members and friends can get together for entertainment, gardening, and ‘fun in the sun’ events. For a complete list of Community Grant & Scholarship recipients visit our website at www.cfpei.ca
The Foundation now turns it’s attention to its Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner that will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown. Tickets are available by calling the Foundation office at 902-892-3440 or by emailing [email protected].
Now in its 29th year, CFPEI distributes funds to all corners of the community in arts and culture, education, health, social services and the environment. The Foundation currently manages over seventy funds with a combined value approaching ten million dollars and works with its donors to realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests with the needs of the community. In 2021, CFPEI is proud to say that $1,000,000 was awarded to organizations and students through the Foundation.