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2020 Fall Grant Recipients

Anthony Dartez Grant Recipients

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

To fund Sensory Sundays on the second Sunday of each month. Sensory Friendly Day is an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! Our staff go through the museum ahead of time to turn down lights, limit extra sounds and stop distracting motions. Our Sensory Friendly Day offers a wonderful relief from extra stimuli. This exclusive event include the modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction. Click here for info.

First Place for Youth

To fund Opportunity Passport: a financial literacy and matched saving program to help young adults transitioning from foster care become financially capable through: Financial and money management education; Helping participants open, maintain, and grow a bank account in their name; Matching participant savings dollar for dollar (up to $3,000) to help them purchase approved assets like a car, housing, or education-related expenses. Click here for info.

New Bethel Community Development

To fund BELIEVE, a virtual afterschool program for at risk children, focusing on literacy and academic support throughout the school year.

Disability Connection

To fund the READ Up program to provide reading materials, supplies and incentives to encourage adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn to read or work to improve their reading ability.

Wilson Animal Welfare Grant Recipients

Stone County SPCA

To fund discounted spay neuter clinic vouchers for dogs and cats in Stone County.

Trinity Dog Park in Pass Christian

Jack and Trudy Wilson’s love of animals led them to establish a fund to care for companion animals for years to come. It is fitting that years later, a grant from the endowment fund they created will help construct a dog park in their hometown of Pass Christian.

Pat Santucci Fund

Awarded grants to a variety of schools and non-profit agencies to fund public or special education projects including:

  • Gulf Coast Symphony
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • USM Gulf Park
  • North Bay Elementary School
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