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Gulf Coast Community Foundation rewards local organizations

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Seven South Mississippi schools and non-profit organizations that help provide training and educational opportunities for physically and mentally challenged individuals got a boost Monday.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation handed out $1,000 checks to the groups during a ceremony at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Foundation Chairman Ron Barnes said the checks could have easily been mailed, but they chose to hand them out personally to show their gratitude to the recipients.

"I think its always good for us to see the people that are going to take the money that folks have raised in the community. Trusting us to be able to endow and then give it back out," Barnes said.

The following organizations and programs received donations:

  • Boys and Girl Club of the Gulf Coast: New Hope: Assistance for Children with Disabilities
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center: Disability Room Update at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • East Central Lower Elementary School: Please, I Want to be Independent
  • Trent Lott Academy: Skills for Life Project
  • Jackson County School District:  I Will Succeed!
  • Vancleave Lower Elementary School: Help! I Can't Sit Any Longer!
  • Hancock County High School: Keep Cookie Connection Cooking

Each of the groups that received a check were based out of Jackson, Harrison or Hancock Counties.

"We are excited to receive the funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation," said Dr. David Spinks, Executive Director-Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast. "It will allow us to affect the members of our Clubs who struggle behaviorally by providing behavior management skills to parents and Club staff through our New Hope Program."

"Ultimately, we hope that this service encourages the youth engaged by the New Hope Program to increase their participation in our safe, fun Club environment and improve familial relationships outside of the Club."

The money came specifically from the foundation's Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund.

"My father was devoted to my sister, Dana, who is mentally and physically challenged and to making sure that she understood she was a normal human being, capable of understanding and desiring to be a contributing citizen in her daily work and family life," shares Tiffiny Dartez.  "The Anthony Dartez Endowment fund is my family's way of perpetuating my father's memory and his dedication to assisting mentally and physically challenged citizens in our community."  

To learn more about the Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund, the Community Foundation, or other ways to give back to your community, contact the Gulf Coast Community Foundation at (228) 897-4841.

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