SAINT AUGUSTINE – Krista Purcell, Director of Development with Rodeheaver Foundation, accepted a $19,818.00 grant award from District 6970 Rotary Foundation for a project to modernize a learning lab at Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch. The grant was a collaboration of area clubs known as “The Quad Club” whose members include Coastal Rotary of St. Johns County, St. Johns Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Downtown St. Augustine and Sunrise Rotary. For the past 4 years the clubs have pooled resources and leveraged District 6970 grant funds to maximize giving in the community. Prior year projects have included assistance to the Wildflower Clinic, St. Francis House and the Boys and Girls Club. Nonprofits are invited to submit proposals annually between January and March.
Rodeheaver Foundation serves 50 youth in residence on their 725 acre ranch in Putnam County. For the past 20 years the Foundation mission is to advocate for future generations of boys in need of a nurturing environment to become successful. Boys Ranch has operated in Palatka for the past 65 years believing “it is better to build boys than to mend men.”
Presenting the check to Purcell was Sallie O’Hara, President of Coastal Rotary, and John Ernst, President-Elect of St. Johns Rotary Club.
Prucell proclaimed, “This grant opened so many avenues of opportunity for the boys’ education at the ranch. Ten new computer stations and the opportunity now to hire a part-time tutor is so exciting.” Many boys at the ranch have moved on to become highly productive citizens in the community.
An open house is planned sometime in June for Rotarians to visit the ranch and view the newly upgraded facility.
The Coastal Rotary meets at noon every Wednesday at the St. Augustine Yacht Club, 442 Ocean Vista Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (across from the St. Augustine Lighthouse). This month celebrates its 10th year in “Service Above Self.” The public is invited to learn more about Rotary International at www.rotary.org.