On Saturday evening, April 16th, the Brethren Community Foundation welcomed 90 of its closest friends, family and colleagues to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach to celebrate its Inaugural fundraising event, “A Toast to Our Bright Future.” They were celebrating the transformation of a 50-year footprint in Brethren Service to a new generation of philanthropic giving through the newly established Brethren Community Foundation. The evening was underwritten and raised over $31,000.
“We are so excited to share our history and goals for the future,” stated John Hornsby, current President of the Brethren Community Foundation. “With this transition, we can support even more organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many in our local communities.”
In 2015, Brethren Community Foundation provided financial grants and scholarships totaling $50,000 to the following organizations: Whittier College, Prentice School, Freedom 4U, Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Philadelphia and Fontana, My Day Counts (supporting seniors) and Kiwanis Club of Greater Jamul Foundation.
The evening included a presentation by Lisabeth Harris Marziello, Vice President of the Brethren Community Foundation Board, and Bill P. Harris, Board Member, who provided the 50-year historical overview when a group of leaders in the Long Beach community had a vision to give seniors “rightful dignity” by providing them an affordable home, a nurturing environment, and transportation. Stated Mrs. Marziello, “this vision has continued for seniors over the past 50 years, leaving a footprint of Brethren values, tradition, family, friends and community.”
Mr. Harris explained about the future of the Foundation expressing, “we are celebrating a new beginning by incorporating funding opportunities for educational success to disadvantaged youth who will benefit by early intervention, ultimately changing their future into productive and financially secure adults.”
The evening concluded with Board Member and long-time friend Janet Riedman’s toast to the foundation’s bright future, celebrating that “together, we can strengthen our most vulnerable demographics; youth and seniors… Cheers to our Bright Future!”
About Brethren Community Foundation
The Foundation’s mission statement is to benefit both youth and seniors through philanthropic grants to non-profit organizations and individuals of all backgrounds needing financial assistance due to family instability, poverty and/or challenges adapting to the community.
Specifically the Foundation intends to financially support youth education and literacy programs that focus on teaching in a multi-sensory approach, language for low-income youth. It will assist youth who show potential through effort and academic success with scholarships at colleges and universities. The Foundation intends to support seniors with housing needs by providing rent assistance, care assistance that may include support in the areas of medical, food, and clothing.
For additional information on the news that is subject of this release, contact Sandi Hanscom at (949) 214-8870 or email@example.com or visit www.brethrencommunityfoundation.org.
Brethren Community Foundation is a registered charity 501c3 organization.
Tax ID # 95-6113648.