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Grants Awarded to Date:
$247,013


Fellow Members,
Your VYCCF is dedicated this year to expanding support of our active military and veterans, and to supporting our Signature Project, Feed the Hunger, Feed the Mind, partly focused on childhood literacy, the foundation of education, without which our children cannot reach their full potential. Studies have shown that children who enter school reading at grade-level have higher self-esteem, are more likely to attend college, and develop stronger language, math and social skills. In short, they are better prepared for life, to achieve their potential and become productive, valued members of our society.

We are considering grants to two childhood literacy programs for those at risk in our community. The Venice YMCA’s YReading program has 50 students enrolled in an after school reading program, with students primarily from Garden Elementary, but also Taylor Ranch and Laurel Nokomis. The YMCA recognizes that students’ ability to read at grade level is essential for development and therefore privately funds the program. The students served, based on teacher recommendations, are in the bottom quartiles of their class and many have difficult home situations. Students are provided transportation and supplies, and in groups of one volunteer to three or four students, complete homework with volunteer support and participate in phonics-based instruction. Students attend twice a week for about 1 ½ hour sessions. Program Director Melissa Abreu says that “Feedback from the schools, as well as test scores, has shown that the program is a success to these struggling students.” Our support, if approved by the VYCCF Committee, would permit this program to continue as well as send home books to students who are in need of materials at home.

The Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s Imagination Library supports childhood literacy by monthly providing age appropriate books to at risk children from birth to their 5th birthday, a total of 60 books. The Library Foundation is a private, non-profit organization, and is not affiliated with county government or the Sarasota County Library System. The Imagination Library, in partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, currently supports 300 children, about 60 in South County. Dolly Parton said “When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true…. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books.” Our support, if approved by the Committee, would provide funding for 100 children in South County for the five-year program to help them make their dreams come true.

It is easy to support the VYCCF in its mission, with our focus on the active military and veterans grant category, and with our Signature Project, Feed the Hunger, Feed the Mind. You may contribute with a check, with a credit card on our page on the VYC website, or by charging your contribution to your member account at the VYC. Please find donor cards at the reception desk. If you see a member wearing a Captains Circle pin, please thank them for supporting our mission.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael Nemser, Chair

VYCCF Committee:
Michael Nemser, Chair, Commodore Jim DeNiro,
Joan Bowen, Kevin Collins, P/C Joe Dombrowski, P/C Merle Graser,
Warren Major, Paul Nasipak, John O’Donnell, and P/C Melinda Short.

updated: May 2016 Currents


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Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation

2016 Annual Fund Drive Donors

(Donors from November 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016)

Diamond Level
($5,000 and above)
Roy Lee (1)
Betty Scott (5)


Platinum Level

($3,000 - $4,999)
Hub & Elaine Ocamb (6)


Gold Level

($1,500 - $2, 999)
Tom Costello (1)
Michael & Lynn Nemser (6)(s)
John & Bonnie Sammet (5)
Lucinda Spaney (5)

Silver Level
($1,000 - $1, 499)
Kevin & Helen Collins (1)
Sal & Maria Couto (2)
P/C Joe & Diane Dombrowski (6)
Ed & Pat Roarty (1)
Marty & Julie Zachrich (3)


Bronze Level

($500 - $999)
P/C Merle & Pat Graser (5)
P/C Shaun & Paula Graser (6)
Wayne Hall (4)
James Kasmark (6)
Paul & Marie Nasipak (4)
John & Sandra O’Donnell (2)
Rodrigo & Robyn Hidalgo (1)
Deke & P/C Short (6)

Donor Level
($250 to $499)
Gerry & Kathie Bullano (2)
Kerry & Tammy Carper (4)
Bill & Georgia Currie (1)
Joe & Julie Obermeyer (1)
Arne & Ruth Sjursen (1)
Berry & Kristine Taylor (2)
Ann Thompson (5)

Supporter Level

(Up to $249)
Bill and Joan Bowen (1)
Joanne Myers (1)

In Memory or Honor of a Friend or Loved one:
(in addition to the amounts above)
Michael & Lynn Nemser in memory of Richard Johnson
Michael & Lynn Nemser in memory of Dr. John Freeman
Bob & Beth Piel in memory of Dr. John Freeman
Bob & Beth Piel in memory of Jack Cazalet


Note: Numbers after donors’ names represent number of years donating to the VYCCF.  “S” after donors’ names represent a Sustaining Member. We thank you for your continued support!

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Fellow Members,
Thank you to our many generous VYC members, listed here, who have donated over $36,000 to our VYCCF since the beginning of our 2016 fiscal year. Those donors who contribute more than $100 are members of our Captains Circle. If you see members wearing Captains Circle pins, please thank them for supporting our mission to do the most good for the most people at risk by supporting and enhancing the cumulative goodwill of the VYC membership to service the needs of our community.

April will be a busy month for the VYCCF. On April 1, we close our spring grant cycle and will award more than $31,000 to worthwhile non-profit organizations in our local community. On April 14, we honor all our past and current donors with a Donor Recognition Event. If you are a donor, please confirm your attendance to the Club reception desk. Finally, on April 20, we will lead a group of VYC member volunteers for a morning of sorting food at All Faiths Food Bank. This will be a very rewarding experience. If you would like to join the fun, please contact Joan Bowen at billbow1@hotmail.com.

Recently, VYCCF Committee members Michael Nemser, Joan Bowen, Kevin Collins, and P/C Joe Dombrowski visited with Kevin Kenney of Operation Second Chance (OSC). OSC supports combat wounded, injured, or ill veterans by providing them opportunities to get away from hospitals and doctors’ appointments to help them in recovering from their injuries and daily stresses. Through outdoor activities, these veterans are able to improve their quality of life, reconnect with other veterans, and work towards a better tomorrow. The contacts they make are a lasting source of support and inspiration.

It is easy to support the VYCCF in its mission, and our focus on our active military and veterans grant category, and our Signature Project, Feed the Hunger, Feed the Mind. You may contribute with a check, with a credit card on our page on the VYC website, or by charging your contribution to your member account at the VYC. Please find donor cards at the reception desk.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael Nemser, Chair

VYCCF Committee:
Michael Nemser, Chair, Commodore Jim DeNiro,
Joan Bowen, Kevin Collins, P/C Joe Dombrowski, P/C Merle Graser, Warren Major, Paul Nasipak,
John O’Donnell, and P/C Melinda Short.

updated: April 2016 Currents


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