A new season of giving kicked off to thunderous applause on Wednesday, November 9 as Impact 100 hosted their Ninth Annual Breakfast at Oak Harbor Clubhouse. The Impact of Impact 100 was launched with an emotional fireside chat with two local residents, Noe Chico and Barbara Ellison, sharing their stories of how their lives were changed because Impact 100 funded the Literacy Services PEN program and the VNA Music Therapy program.
Barbara Ellison, a former Brevard Symphony musician, had the audience laughing, cheering and crying when she said how her husband would light up when Moreen Burkhart arrived with just her voice and a guitar and healed their souls with her music. Noe Chico, a single father, had the audience in tears when he told how he has learned to be a parent to his daughter, and showing her how much he believes in her as he now believes in himself because of the PEN program.
Brenda Lloyd, Event Chair said, “I was so impressed, not only by the heartwarming stories from our speakers who benefited from two of our Impact 100 recipients, but also by the time and love that Laura Steward put into the program. I was extremely proud to be an Impact 100 member as I looked around and felt the emotion and the desire to make a difference throughout the room.”
Impact 100 member Elke Fetterolf is a co-speaker sponsor with Florida Power & Light. Both Mrs. Fetterolf and Bart Gaetjens, External Affairs Manager for FP&L, spoke about the dedication and difference the Impact 100 grants have made and are making in the community. Impact 100 is also grateful for the continuing support of Press Journal/TCPalm as the media sponsor.
The Hill Group sponsored the event again this year and President Toby Hill introduced his family sharing how important Impact 100 is to the life of the community.
The mission of Impact 100 is to fund transformational grants in the community. President Suzanne Bertman said, “This year we will have funded over $3 million dollars in nine years. The beauty of our organization is you can do as little or as much as you want. All that is required is your donation of $1000 and one vote to choose who the winners are. This year we expect to give at least four $100,000 grants.”
Those interested in joining Impact 100 may do so by going to their website; www.impact100ir.com. The deadline for joining the 2016-17 grant season is February 28.