Socially minded community leaders, elected officials and other movers and shakers from Palm Beach County attended the kick-off event to celebrate the re-launch of West Palm 100, a service-based non-profit with a mission to provide civic and social opportunities that benefits the children, families, and neighborhoods of West Palm Beach through the donation of time, money, and people power. The cocktail reception and program were held at Café Sapori on January 9, 2018, and included a presentation and discussion from the organization’s Board of Directors regarding plans for future community service activities and fundraising social events which will benefit non-profits throughout the West Palm Beach community.
“We are thrilled to be re-launching West Palm 100, and look forward to continuing to make a meaningful impact in our local community,” stated West Palm 100 President Eric Lieberman. “We are sincerely grateful to former members who returned tonight to help us celebrate, as well as to the many new faces who joined because they are excited and proud to be part of an organization dedicated to giving back.”
Founded in 2001 to provide a support network for West Palm Beach’s children, families and neighborhoods, the West Palm 100 closed its doors in 2014, but not before changing the landscape of the non-profit community in West Palm Beach. Prior to winding down operations, the group had raised more than $250,000 for local organizations, as well as providing upwards of 25,000 volunteer hours in the community. The group’s new leadership includes many of the original founders, and they plan on picking up right where they left off.
“West Palm 100 was such an important part of the community, and when we closed operations, there was no other organization waiting in the wings to continue the great work we were doing,” said founding member, and current West Palm 100 Vice President, Todd Bonlarron. “In the past, we were able to support many local causes, both physically and financially. We set the bar very high for what we hope to accomplish in the future.”
West Palm 100 members not only help contribute to the funds that make life-changing programs available to the community, but also donate time and “people power” to those in need. With the organization’s re-launch, they expect to pick up where they left off, raising money through membership dues and social events, sharing Saturdays of service, and continuing to impact the lives of thousands of children and families in our community. Non-profit organizations can apply to West Palm 100 to receive grants from money raised from membership dues; to be the beneficiary of Happy Hour event proceeds; or for support with service activities. The West Palm 100 Board of Directors will be selecting recipients for 2018. Membership in the West Palm 100 is $100 a year. Happy Hours for a Cause are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month. Service activities and educational “Lunch and Learn” events are also being planned. For more information about membership, or for non-profits wishing to apply for support, please email: [email protected] or follow the group on Facebook @westpalm100.