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GCCF Awards Grants to Help Disabled

MANDA McCOY/SUN HERALDSeven nonprofit agencies and schools received $1,000 grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund on Monday. The recipients were the Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, East Central Lower Middle School, Trent Lott Academy, Jackson County School District, Vancleave Lower Elementary School and Hancock County High School.
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GULFPORT, MS – Seven Coast non-profit agencies and schools were awarded grants by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund.  These grants will support an array of projects that provide training and educational opportunities for physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Since its establishment in 1995, the Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund has supported efforts that were meaningful to the fund’s namesake and funded dozens of programs designed to improve the lives of individuals in Harrison, Hancock, and Jackson counties.

“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.”
The following organizations received funding for special programs at the press conference held on Monday by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

  • 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

“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.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Anthony Dartez Endowment Fund, the Community Foundation, or meaningful ways to give back to your community, please contact the Gulf Coast Community Foundation at (228) 897-4841.

About the Gulf Coast Community Foundation:
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a non-profit public charity that has been serving the people of South Mississippi since 1989.  The Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy by making grants to worthy causes, providing donor services and promotion and providing leadership in response to the community’s changing needs.  The Foundation meets this mission by developing and managing a comprehensive base of funds, totaling almost $20 million dollars.  These funds represent an expanding pool of charitable dollars, committed to meeting the needs of the people of South Mississippi.  If you are interested in supporting your local community through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, you can make a donation by calling (228) 897-4841 or by sending donations to GCCF, 11975 Seaway Road, Suite B150, Gulfport, MS 39503.

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