Grants Awarded to Date:

Fellow Members,
I am pleased to report that your Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation Committee made the following grant awards at our meeting on May 20:
Venice Theatre: student scholarship assistance $1,000
VYBA: scholarships for needy children $500
SKY Family YMCA: low income family scholarships $1,500
Pregnancy Care Center: car seats, intermediate size $750
Englewood Community Care: patient chairs $450
Lighthouse of Manasota: desktop PCs for visually impaired $1,400
Rotary Futures College Resource Center: table for 10 at yearly fund raiser $1,500
Our Mother’s House: credit counseling for residents $500
Center for Building Hope: family members to attend camp for children with cancer $500
Interfaith Outreach: sack lunches for Center of Hope $1,000
Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center: emergency center operating expenses $1,500
Mental Health Community Centers: services to adults with mental illness $500
Laurel Civic Association: homework assistance program (program assistants) $2,000
Total: $13,100

I am also pleased to report that our Foundation received a special $5,000 grant from a club member to establish the Venice Community Support Fund. This fund will be restricted to making grants to those groups within the Venice community that make our community more enjoyable and a place where we are proud to live. It is likely that some of the grant recipients from these funds will be organizations that previously were included in the general operating budget. The Yacht Club Board and our Committee felt it would be more appropriate to have gifts that are charitable in nature be handled through the VYCCF. This is a new fund, and our Committee will discuss how best to administer the fund and process grants.

Respectfully submitted,
Wayne Hall, Chair

VYCCF Committee:
VYCCF Committee: Wayne Hall – Chair, P/C Joe Dombrowski,
P/C Merle Graser, Warren Major, Joe Miller,
Jack Murphy, Paul Nasipak, John O’Donnell,
Judith Wilcox, and P/C Tony Zumbano.

Charting a course to a better community…

updated: June 2015 Currents


Documents available for download (PDF)

VYCCF 2014 Donor Card

Application for Grant - Spring 2014 (PDF)

Event Information Form for Fundraisers (PDF)

Grant History (PDF)

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2015 Annual Fund Drive Donors
(Donors from December 1, 2014
to December 31, 2014

Diamond Level
($5,000 and above)

Platinum Level
($3,000 to $4,999)
Hub & Elaine Ocamb (5)

Gold Level
($1,500 - $2,000)
Bob & Barbara Dien (5) (S)
Lucinda T. Spaney (4)
Joe & Diane Dombowski 5)

Silver Level
($1,000 - $1,499)
Michael & Lynn Nemser (5 (S)

Bronze Level
Anonymous (5)

Donor Level
($250 - $499)
Mac & Judy Wilcox (3)
James Kasmark (5)

Supporter Level

(up to $249)

(x) = number of years in foundation

First Grant Cycle: May 2014 - Total Dollars Granted = $9,200 to 14 organizations:
Venice Theater; Venice Art Center, Center for Building Hope, Interfaith Outreach, Our Mother's House, Child Protection Center, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Englewood Community Care Clinic, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons, Big Brothers & Sisters, Laurel Civic Assn, Loveland Center, Venice Youth Boating Association

Second Grant Cycle: November 2014 - Total Dollars Granted = $11,710.00 to 12 organizations:

Center for Building Hope; Southeastern Guide Dogs; Diocese of Venice, Our Mother's House; Child Protection Center, Inc.; Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, Inc.; Community Pharmacy of Sarasota; Children First; Englewood Community Care Clinic; State College of Florida Foundation; Venice Youth Boating; Big Brothers and Sisters; and Family Promise.

(Please use the form on the Contact Page to inform us of any changes and/or corrections to this listing)

Fellow Members,
Endowment: We currently have $80,624 in our Endowment Fund with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and $46,125 in our money market fund. $18,500 is committed to the Venice Performing Arts Center Fund for Excellence. The balance of $27,625 is available for scholarships and grants.

I am pleased to report the Committee awarded three separate $1,000 scholarships. We received five scholarship applicants through the Rotary Futures College Resource Center. Our scholarship guidelines give preference to persons pursuing a career in hospitality or marine related fields. The committee selected the following three applicants for $1,000 scholarships: Teresa DeNiro (hotel management at FSU), Marco Verost (Hospitality Management at SCF and UCF), and Thomas Grissinger (Marine Transportation at Mass Marine Academy).

Venice Performing Arts Center: Committee representatives met at the Venice Performing Arts Center on April 21 to consider an informal grant application for completing an internal and external box office. Part of the grant will include a plaque inside and outside the building recognizing the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation. The details of the project and grant are being refined. The Committee is hopeful the grant application can be finalized and fully reviewed by our June meeting.

May 1 Grant Cycle:
Our current bi-annual grant application cycle ended on May 1. Applications were to be considered by the Committee at our May 20 meeting.

Publicity and Promotion:
New board liaison, Tony Zumbano, presented a list of ideas to get better publicity both within the Yacht Club and in the general community for the good work being done by the VYC Foundation. The Committee agrees we need to do a better job with publicity. More effort will be made to have photographs placed in the Currents and local newspapers.

VYCCF Committee:
VYCCF Committee: Wayne Hall – Chair, P/C Joe Dombrowski,
P/C Merle Graser, Warren Major, Joe Miller,
Jack Murphy, Paul Nasipak, John O’Donnell,
Judith Wilcox, and P/C Tony Zumbano.

Charting a course to a better community…

updated: June 2015 Currents

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