April 20th, 2019
Beyond the Looking Glass:
A Behind the Scenes
evening of Philanthropy

Mix & Mingle Dates 2019
Charlotte Community Foundation
227 Sullivan Street

April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 16
December 12

Nonprofit Visits 2019
April 24 & 25
September 25 & 26
October 23 & 24
November | Speed Giving
December | To Be Arranged

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Can you believe we’re already nearing the end of the first quarter of 2019? Ninety days passes in the blink of an eye. On one hand it seems like a short amount of time, but on the other it is important to pause and reflect on everything that has occurred within that time frame. Sometimes events occur that result in time stopping.

I just experienced one. In early March, I unexpectedly lost my grandfather. While the days that followed were extremely hard, I take comfort in knowing he is at peace. I also found comfort in returning to a community that has surrounded me with caring and compassion during this difficult time – something this community has done for so many others in Charlotte County.

This emotional experience has given me a fresh perspective and is a gentle reminder of the drive and commitment of our Foundation. We have the privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of honoring and memorializing our donors’ legacies.

The 2019 Q1 distributions totaled nearly $200,000 from The Lillian J. Adams Fund and Dr. Hugo D. and Ruth D. Spatz Endowment Fund.

One stipulation of The Lillian J. Adams Fund is to support programs involving the use of dogs in the fields of law enforcement, rescue and life safety in Charlotte County, with a particular emphasis on the training of dogs and their handlers and the care of these dogs. So it is with great honor and thanks to Ms. Adams’ legacy that CCF has been able to provide funding for two new K-9 Officers to come on staff with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dr. Hugo D. and Ruth D. “Wallie” Spatz Endowment Fund was established solely to support the Military Heritage Museum. This fund will distribute annual grants to the museum in their memory. Additional funding will be available to match the fundraising successes of the organization. We believe the Spatz Family would be tickled with the expansion and innovation of the newly relocated Military Heritage Museum.

It is important to note that the distributions mentioned are from the first quarter of 2019 only. It will be our pleasure to share with you many more stories and the positive impact of their legacies throughout the year.

To learn more about the life and legacies of these individuals and others, please visit our website, To be a part of our new series, “Lunchtime Legacies,” or for more information in general, please call us at (941) 637-0077.

Talk to you soon!


Ashley Maher
Executive Director
Charlotte Community Foundation