Impact 100 announces 2017 grant finalists

L to R: Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes & Teens; Shannon Bowman, Childcare Resources of IRC; Andrea Berry, IRC Healthy Start Coalition; Linda Downey, Ballet Vero Beach; Dr. Edith Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA); Judy Lemoncelli, Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of IRC; Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Children’s Center. PHOTO BY Laura Steward


The ninth annual Impact 100 of Indian River County grant finalists were announced today at a packed house of media, grant finalists, committee members and other invited guests.

Impact 100 has concluded its intensive vetting process by selecting seven (7) grant finalists to present to the full membership for final selection of grant recipients at the April 19th Annual Meeting at Oak Harbor. This year’s grants will mean Impact 100 membership will award over $3 million dollars since their inception.

“The quality of the grants we received this year is a reflection of the dedication of the nonprofits to improve the lives of those who live in Indian River County,” says Grant Chair Wanda Lincoln. “This year’s Grant Panel Volunteers worked tirelessly to review each grant and conduct site visits. We are pleased to present these Finalists to our Impact 100 Membership for Final Voting on April 19th.”

Since the membership again numbers over 400, four $100,000 grants will be awarded, with any remaining funds divided evenly among the other finalists. Each year, Impact 100 awards every penny of membership funds in grants to local nonprofits.

The 2017 Impact 100 Grant finalists are:

Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of IRC

Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

Health & Wellness

Ballet Vero Beach

Nutcracker on the Indian River

Enrichment & Environment

Childcare Resources of Indian River

Credentialing Program for Early Educators


Hibiscus Children’s Center

Helping Children through Careers Graphic Design Impact Center


Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition

IRC Healthy Start Community Doula Program

Health & Wellness

Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)

The Living Lagoon Project

Enrichment & Environment

Tykes & Teens

Infant Mental Health

Health & Wellness

Impact 100 will culminate its ninth year of “transformational” grant giving on April 19th when we again will award four $100,000 grants. When this year’s awards are distributed, Impact 100 will have donated more than $3.3 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County over the last nine years. Impact women truly see the power of collective giving and everyone is very excited as April 19th, Voting Day, nears. We have an exceptional group of finalists this year, all with projects that will transform our community. I can’t wait to announce the winners!” stated Suzanne Bertman, Board President.

Vero Insurance is this year’s Event Sponsor for the Grant Finalist’s Reception. Impact 100 is grateful to sponsors for their financial commitment, which helps maintain Impact 100’s commitment to award one hundred percent of membership dues in grants to the local community.

Impact 100 of Indian River County is comprised of women in Indian River County who collectively IMPACT the lives of individuals and the community through transformational grants.

Find out more about Impact 100 by visiting

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