The Community Foundation of PEI held its Annual Awards Reception on Wednesday, August 21st at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel and presented more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships bringing its total anticipated granting for 2019 to over $500,000. Close to 150 people were in attendance for the special evening in recognition of many recipients and donors!
Before the official presentations got underway, CFPEI President, Jonathan Ross addressed close to 150 people in attendance. “Our impact in the community has enjoyed phenomenal growth over our first 26 years as we deliver on our mission of connecting caring people and worthy causes. I am pleased to announce that on behalf of our donors, by the end of this year we will have written cheques in excess of $3.5 Million to more than 1,000 worthy causes and individuals throughout our 26 years.”
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 eighty funds with a combined value of more than $12 million and works with its donors to realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests with the needs of the community. In 2019, more than $500,000 will be awarded to organizations and students through the Community Foundation.
Liz Corney and Brynn Devine were on hand from Blooming House Women’s Shelter to accept a cheque in the amount of $4,000 from the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund which has been established to address existing and emerging needs in the Community. This particular grant will assist in funding for Their 8 bed overnight homeless shelter which creates a safe, warm space for woman who are experiencing homelessness. Liz and Brynn provided an inspiring message about the importance of the Foundation’s services in allowing donors to provide support to many worthy causes from tip to tip across PEI. Liz, Blooming House Founder, indicated that “these funds are imperative to our ability to operate and we are so thankful to the Foundation and its donors. These funds truly help us deliver programs and services directly to those that need it most”
Joseph Spriet presented two scholarships in his name to Chloe MacMillan-Dallaire and Reese Cameron. Joseph’s scholarships are funded through an endowment that was set up in honour of his contributions to the 2009 Canada Games as Host Society Chairperson. Chloe MacMillan-Dallaire was selected to receive a $5,000 towards her 2019 post secondary studies based on her academic, sports and volunteer achievements. “I am so honoured to receive this wonderful scholarship and I can’t thank the Foundation and Mr. Spriet enough for this support”. MacMillan-Dallaire will be entering her 2nd year at UPEI in the fall and will continue her studies in Business Administration.
While there were many presentations throughout the evening, one of the other highlights was the presentation of the inaugural Frank & Dorothy Lewis Community Strength Fund grants that were provided to Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc and Camp Phoenix. Dorothy Lewis was on hand to present the inaugural grants and indicated “we are thrilled to have a lasting legacy to be able to contribute to worthy causes like these. There are so many great organizations that need support and we are thrilled to be able to assist”.
Click HERE to view our photo gallery of all the Community Grant and Scholarship recipients in attendance at our awards reception for 2019!
The Foundation now turns its attention to its Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner that will be held on Thursday, September 5th at Mill River Resort. Tickets are still available by calling the Foundation office at 902-892-3440.
For more information:
Kent Hudson, Executive Director
902-394-3790 | [email protected]