Charity Week 2017 Huge Success
On February 27th the members at Mariner Sands came together once again for a weeklong extravaganza of events with proceeds directly benefiting several needy charitable organizations in Martin County. Every year, the power of neighbors working and playing together, creates an average of $350,000 in support for local charities that feed, clothe, shelter and protect the less fortunate.
On behalf of Mariner Sands Charity Week, the HOA will once again award grants of approximately $345,000 directly to charitable organizations in Martin County. According to Jeff Black, 2017 Charity Week President, the legend lives on thanks to the dedication of Mariner Sands volunteers and members who continue to make Charity Week one of the most successful private club fund raisers in the region.
“Over the last six years, since we started calling ourselves Mariner Sands Charity Week, we have granted $2 million to local charities,” said Black. “One little community - with just 770 doors - rally a 75% involvement rate and have now been accountable for raising $2 million! That is what great Americans do, they take care of their own! That is a compelling story. Hence we describe ourselves as ‘good people, helping other really good people, do great things’.”
Black added that the 2017 Week was dedicated to members Marilyn Crape Ridinger and Gene Burnette. He also recognized the efforts of his partners on the board including Bob Kung, Barb Wahle, Glen Swire, Michele Ames, Ken Slowik and Kirk Gillies.
Charity Week was also supported by business partners in 2017 that included Martin Country Funeral Home, Seacoast Bank, Wallace Volvo, Center State Bank, Hoftac Company , Golden Bear Realty, Bank of America, Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Cook Electric Inc., Travis Pest management, Patrick Exterminating and Tal Willis Design and Illustration.
Charity Week 2017 grants will be awarded to Children’s Home Society, House of Hope, Hibiscus Children’s Center, The Holy Cross Service Center, Hope Rural School, Safe Space, Samaritan Center and Veteran’s Council.