At The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) we consider our grants to area nonprofits as investments, not charity or obligations. Supporting the region's heritage and culture, while investing in education, healthcare, cultural arts and the environment, helps to make Northwest Florida even better, and is the Foundation's everyday mission.
Founded by The St. Joe Company (JOE), a long-time Northwest Florida neighbor, the Foundation is a resource for bringing a variety of community-focused initiatives home to Bay and Walton Counties. The Foundation is committed to preserving and protecting this unique part of Florida we call home.
The Foundation has contributed more than $18 Million in grants and pledges to local nonprofits that care about Northwest Florida like we do. Over time, these Foundation grants will continue to impact the quality of life in Northwest Florida for generations to come.
We have made a big difference in a short amount of time. Our grants attest to our commitment to expand educational opportunities, improve healthcare, to conserve natural and historic places and to increase cultural arts offerings. Whether its contributing to an educational scholarship fund, supporting the area artificial reefs for increased marine life, funding a 211 Information and Referral line or donating new library books, the Foundation is working to promote and create new partnerships and alliances that will enrich the lives of all who live and work in Bay and Walton Counties.
We invite you to explore the Foundation website and view our recent contributions, meet our Board of Trustees, and find out more about the Foundation, its mission, and how the Foundation may help you.
The new DeFuniak Springs Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC)has been in existence for 1 year assisting area children that have been abused. The center recently received a check for $10,000.00 from the Foundation to assist Walton County children who need these services. Families and children do not pay for any services received at the Center. Pictured with the grant check, left to right, is Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., and Julie Hurst, CEO of ECCAC.
The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. is honored to be a part of the Walton High School AFJROTC program by presenting a check for $1,000.00 toward their yearly drill team event. This event honors the dedication and accomplishments of area high school students who participate in the ROTC programs at their high schools. Fourteen high schools participated in this Saturday morning event at Walton High School.
Smiling faces, lots of kids, and a whole lot of fun for Walton students that participated in the recent Sinfornia Gulf Coast Carnegie Link-Up Program at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The Foundation presented Sinfonia with a check for $35,000.00 for children in our community to participate in this year-long program that culminates with over 2,500 students singing and playing their recorders! Accepting the funding is Sinfonia’s Music and Artistic Director, Demetrius Fuller with Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.
The teachers at Freeport Elementary are very thankful for the funding of computer laptops to assist 2nd grade students with their math, English and science skills. Presenting the $ 20,000.00 grant check is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, with the grant writer, Laurie Langford, 2nd Grade Teacher and Principal Kristin Lewis. Congratulations!!
A grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. of over $17,000.00 was recently presented to J. R. Arnold High School to assist in repairing their exterior road sign. Accepting the check is from left to right, Assistant Principal Gordy Pongratz, Janet Greeno, Principal Keith Bland, and School Board member Steven Moss.
Taking care of a loved one who is sick or at the end of their life is no easy task. The people at Covenant Care help to make those in their care feel loved, comforted and cared for, no matter their ability to pay. The Foundation is honored to provide a grant of $5,000.00 so that the organization can continue to assist Bay county residents in their time of need. Pictured are several Covenant Care employees and Board Members accepting their $5,000 grant from Janet Greeno.
New equipment for a new boys and girls Lacrosse Athletic Program at South Walton High School will soon be a reality as The St. Joe Community Foundation granted South Walton High with a $9,000.00 grant check for the new program. Pictured accepting the check is Janet Greeno, Athletic Director Phil Tisa, and Dr. Alexis Tibbitts, Principal at South Walton High School.
The American Cancer Society kicked off its Relay For Life events by receiving funding from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., for both Bay and Walton County. Each county received $5,000.00 for their Relay for Life events in 2017. Pictured from left to right receiving the grant checks are American Cancer Society members Diane Maldonado, Lynne Crawford, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Rachel Sutz Pienta and Lisa Jones.
The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. is honored to provide healthcare funding to those in our community that do not have health insurance. The St. Andrew Community Medical Center provides free healthcare to Bay residents with no health insurance. The Foundation provided the Medical Center with a grant of $20,000 for prescription medication funding. Pictured is the staff and clients at the Medical Center receiving their grant check.
Over 1 million pounds of food is provided to Bay residents through a small but vital nonprofit in Bay County in one year. That nonprofit is the St. Andrew Christian Care Center, who provides food and clothing to Bay residents who are hungry and seeking support. The Foundation recently granted the St. Andrew Christian Care Center with a grant of $25,000 for a new fork-lift. Pictured is the staff receiving the check with the new fork-lift in the background.
The local chapter of Girls, Inc. recently received a grant of $10,000 from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., to help with their purchase of a newer passenger van that picks up girls for their afterschool programs. Pictured in the photo are several of the girls who attend this nonprofit, as well as Executive Director, Niki Kelly, and Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.
The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., presented a check to the Eucheeanna Old Schoolhouse Community Center to assist with improvements to the neighborhood center. Pictured from left to right receiving the $5,400 check are community members Sandy Jack Brown, Vivian Powell, Abbie Anne Dudley, Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation, Connie Jean Brown and Commissioner Cecilia Jones.
Moving precious cargo in safe transportation is something that is important to the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County. So The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. assisted with a $25,000 grant to help with the purchase of 3 used buses to help transport children from area schools to the clubs. Pictured are some of the students, Boys & Girls Club Board members and Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation with the grant check.
The South Walton High School Baseball Team recently received a $9,000.00 grant for new pitching machines and field fences. Receiving the grant check are some of the baseball players with Athletic Director Phil Tisa, Baseball Coach Nick Borthwick, Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation, Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts and Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross.
The Northwest Florida Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker just before the holidays begin. The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., is honored to be a sponsor of this fabulous ballet performance with an orchestra lead by Maestro David Ott. Pictured holding the grant check is Artistic Director of the NWFL Ballet, Todd Allen, Maestro David Ott, and Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. and surrounded by some of the children who attend this public school.
Breakfast Point Academy a K-8th grade Bay County School recently was granted a $5,000.00 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. for new physical education equipment. Pictured with some of the students from Breakfast Point Academy are Physical Education Coach, Tim Fox, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for The St. Joe Community Foundation, and Amy Smith, Physical Education Coach.
Helping people take control of their lives and family is what Catholic Charities does best. This local organization provides those in need with educational and employment opportunities so that they can be successful and contribute back to society in a positive way. Pictured receiving the grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., is, from left to right, is Veronica Burnett, Regional Director for Catholic Charities, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, and Naomi Sharp, Community Coordinator for Catholic Charities.
The New Horizons Learning Center Mentor Program was recently granted $20,000.00 from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., to assist with the purchase of a new vehicle for student trips and learning experiences. Mentor Program Coordinator at New Horizons Margaret Tidmore is shown receiving the $20,000.00 check with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and New Horizons school principal Wes Smith.
The University Academy PTO recently received a $10,000.00 grant to support their STEAM curricula with a Lego Education Program. The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., granted the funding for the new robotic program, which will provide students the opportunity to enhance their skills in Math and Science. Pictured receiving the check is the Ms. Sarah Davis' 6th and 7th grade robotic club members with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Bay County Board Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organization were happy to receive a $4,000.00 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., to assist with the purchase of their Live Scan Background Screening Unit, which will speed up background processing of caring volunteer mentors who want to be a Big Brother or Big Sister to area children. Pictured from left to right are Board members Brad Thomas, Mac Bonham, Kate McDaniel Watson, Kristie McLane, Alex Brown, Janet Greeno, Ex. Director of Foundation, Paula Shell, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kelsey Peck David Humphrey’s David Demarest, and Chris Cramer.
The Flowersview Community Center, located between Paxton and Laurel Hill, recently received a grant of $10,000.00 from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., to assist with kitchen and conference room upgrades at the center, located next to the North Walton County Library. Pictured holding the check from left to right is Leatha Wright, Flowersview Board member, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., and Commissioner Cecelia Jones, along with members of the Flowersview community.
The Grief and Loss Support Group recently received a grant of $10,000.00 to help improve their office in Panama City. Accepting the grant are board members Quinta Scarfo, Robert Wilkos, Walter McKinney, Janet Greeno, Linda Burman, Wanda Padgett, Harold Dybdal, Betty Farrell, Wilma Rosebuck, Douglas Brock, Betty Roll, and Ruthie Steen.
Healthcare is one of the Foundation’s main funding areas. Pictured with the Foundation’s pledge of $300,000.00 is Foundation Board Member Ken Borick, Sacred Heart President Susan Davis, Janet Greeno, and Sacred Heart Foundation’s President Carol Carlan.
The Junior League of Panama City recently received a grant of $6,000.00 to assist Bay County school children with school uniforms. Accepting the check, from left to right, is Junior League President Tricia Berry, Janet Greeno, Incoming President Tina Keenan, and Member Laurie Hughes.
South Walton’s Caring and Sharing feeds and clothes many in South Walton area that may have lost their jobs or became ill. The Foundation presented the organization with a $5,000.00 grant to help replenish their food pantry. Presenting the check is Janet Greeno, Manager Jessica Spicola, and volunteers Cindy Gervais, Kim Hope, Charlotte McQueen, and Mike Haynes.
Grit and Grace, Inc.
Each year a small part of Walton County history is retold through storytelling, music and dance. Pictured receiving a $1,000.00 grant are the current Grit and Grace, Inc., folk life production staff, players, singers and Janet Greeno, from the Foundation, posing for a photo prior to this year’s production of “Down by the Riverside”, held at Walton High School Auditorium.
Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Award
The St. Joe Community Foundation and The St. Joe Company was recently recognized by the Florida Education Commissioner for the continued support of Bay Education Foundation through grants and the donation of about 210 acres of land for a new school in Panama City Beach. This prestigious award is proudly displayed for all employees to see at our offices.
Walton High AFJROTC
The Walton High School Air Force Junior ROTC program is the only ROTC program in Walton County. When their Colonel requested a grant from the Foundation to bring about 500 high school cadets from neighboring states for a drill team event, the Foundation was honored to grant their request. Pictured are the awards provided to the most outstanding cadet drill teams that participated in the April, 2016 event at Walton High School.
Lynn Haven Rotary Club Golf Tournament
To assist with fundraising to help adults that are disabled learn new skills, the Lynn Haven Rotary Club recently held their annual golf tournament with proceeds being donated to the St. Andrew Bay Center, Bay County. Pictured are the members of the Lynn Haven Rotary Club, Foundation and from St. Andrew Bay Center receiving the $1,000.00 sponsorship check.
E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center
School students from our area delight in attending the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center each year as they learn about Florida wildlife, conservation and plants. Learning how to enjoy and protect these area is a popular program entitled “Talking Trash”, which students are engaged with a game to determine what to do with, well, our trash! Pictured is the Center President, Paul Arthur, with Janet Greeno, Ken Borick and his children presenting a $115,000 check to continue teaching this popular and educational program at the Center.
Special Olympics Walton County
There are about 100 athletes in the Walton County Special Olympics program and they are very active in all types of sports. The organization recently received a grant of $2,500.00 from the Foundation for new uniforms needed to wear to compete in County, State and National competitions. Pictured are some of the Walton athletes, parents and supporters, before they began their YOLO competition, receiving their grant check.
Cancer Freeze Golf Tournament
Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. Caleb Davidson and his family began raising funds for family and friends in North Walton County to help those with this disease, and after 4 years have helped over 25 families with medical bills, all by bringing together cancer survivors and their family and friends through family friendly events. The Foundation granted a $4,000.00 check as a title sponsor for this recently held golf tournament.
Freeport Youth Sports Association
When a community only has about 4,000 people in it, what can you do to help kids become healthier and more active in their lives? The Foundation funded the Freeport Youth Sports Association with a $4,000.00 grant to bring football and cheerleading equipment to area youth who want to learn the game and play football, learn cheerleading and just have fun. Pictured are some of the family members and children accepting the grant check.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County recently held their 2nd Chance Prom to raise funds for the 4 Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County. The Foundation’s grant of $2,000 helped Prom Queen and Board Member Lee Ann Leonard raise about $25,000 for the clubs. Pictured is the Prom Queen Lee Ann Leonard, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the St. Joe Community Foundation and a few of the children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County receiving their grant check.
The St. Joe Community Foundation is a proud sponsor of Pyramid, Inc., a local adult day training center for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Foundation provided a grant of $4,000.00 toward their annual performance, which this year will be “Pirate Magic”, held at Gulf Coast State College on July 16. Accepting the grant is Cindy Coleman, Director of Pyramid, Inc., a few of the students who attend Pyramid dressed in their pirate costumes and Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Emerald Coast Business Women’s Association, Inc.
Chocolate lovers united on March 1 at the Marina Civic Center for a “Death by Chocolate” event sponsored by the Emerald Coast Business Women’s Association, (ECBWA); an event that provided a lot of chocolate for a good cause: providing local women with scholarship funding to return to college. The St. Joe Community Foundation was honored to grant $2,000.00 toward this educational initiative, one of the Foundation’s many ways of assisting those in our communities. Pictured from left to right is Kristin Evans, Corporate Sponsor Chairman of ECBWA , Beverly Lewis, President of ECBWA, Paul Wills, Director, IS at The St. Joe Company, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Sherry Johnson, Broker at The St. Joe Company and Debb Geiger, ECBWA Co-Chair.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross received a grant for $5,000.00 from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., for their 2016 fire prevention program for Walton and Bay Counties. The fire prevention program will assist homeowners on how to protect and prevent a house fire and create a plan to evacuate if necessary. Pictured accepting the check is American Red Cross Executive Director, Jerry Kindle with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Muscogee Nation of Florida
Assisting their neighbors with food is a high priority for the Indian Tribe Muscogee Nation of Florida and many in the Bruce and Freeport area of Walton County depend on the staple goods provided by the Muscogee Nation of Florida’s Rural Relief Pantry. Up to 45 area volunteers work together to assist their neighbors on Pantry Day. The St. Joe Community Foundation granted the Muscogee Nation of Florida a grant of $4,000.00 to assist with storing the food. Posing with the grant check on the right is Tribal Council Chairwoman Ann Tucker with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging
The Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging recently received a $15,000.00 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., to assist with the costs associated with Senior Citizens receiving Meals on Wheels and for the installation of door ramps/thresholds for those in mobility chairs. Executive Director, Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging, Kay Brady is shown accepting the grant check with Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St. Joe Community Foundation.
Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast helped provide volunteers for 2 area mobile food pantries for Freeport and South Walton. Pictured here is the set-up of the South Walton food pantry held in early February 2016 for those in the community that needed food assistance.
To help promote and show support, the Foundation sponsored a fence banner for the J. R. Arnold High School marching band, Blue Thunder! When the band is practicing at the high school, they can see all the businesses in the community that support their efforts.
Mossy Head Photo
A mobile food pantry was held for the Mossy Head, Walton County community in late January, 2016, funded by The St. Joe Community Foundation working with the Bay Area Food Bank. This rural community in western Walton county was very pleased to receive the donation and over 100 families came for food.
Bay Science & Engineering Fair
The Foundation sponsored the Bay County Science and Engineering Fair for Bay County students, who displayed their science and engineering projects with the hopes of obtaining an award. The Fair was held in January, 2016.
Early Learning Photo
The Foundation recently funded the Early Learning Center of Okaloosa and Walton County for the 3rd year in a row. This organization has been successful in enhancing the current childcare services in Walton County and also assists in funding childcare services for parents returning to work.
Who doesn’t love music? The Foundation is a honored to fund the purchase of musical instruments for children who attend the Salvation Army’s Panama City afterschool program. Children in the program will now have new instruments to play. Pictured is Major Caleb Prieto accepting the Foundation’s check with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Sacred Heart Caption
Sacred Heart President and Board Members presented an award to The St. Joe Community Foundation as one of the top contributors at their 100th Anniversary Gala, November, 2015. Accepting the award is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, with Henry Stovall, President, Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, Susan Davis, President and CEO, Sacred Heart Health System, and Roger Hall, President, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Bay Library Foundation
The Bay County Public Library Foundation promotes literacy and cultural enrichment through events at the Bay County Libraries. The St. Joe Community Foundation recently provided a grant to help fund the 2016 BooksAlive festival taking place in April, 2016 that is sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation. Accepting the grant are Bay County Public Library Foundation Board members, left to right, Ann Higgins, William Lloyd, John Robert Middlemas, Marilyn Garrett-Fenimore, Gerry Clemons, Bettina Mead, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Joe Foundation, and Sabara Quinn.
The Floriopolis Art Center in downtown Panama City Beach on Beck Avenue is a arts metropolis with a Gallary, Market, Studio and Public Art Courtyard. Floriopolis received a grant from the Foundation to help promote the art programs it offers to the community. Pictured accepting the grant check are Board members Pamela Kennon, Patricia Syfrett, Heather Parker, Creative Director of the Center, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation and Alexandra Miller.
Walton County Foundation
The Walton Education Foundation was a proud recipient of a St. Joe Community Foundation grant of $4,200.00. This grant will provide all 3rd graders in Walton County with a Periopole Recorder (Flute type instrument) and the opportunity to join an orchestra in the Carnegie Hall Link-Up program for students in April, 2016. Pictured is Cathy Hall, Department Coordinator, accepting the grant, with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and School Board Commissioner Jason Catalano.
West DeFuniak Elementary
The excitement could not be contained by these 2nd graders at West DeFuniak Elementary as they posed for the camera. Teacher Katie Adams just received an $8,000 grant from the Foundation for new iPads for her classroom. The iPads will help Katie’s students that may be below grade level learn faster with the use of the new iPads. Pictured is Katie Adams, the students in her classroom (happened to be pajama day so the students are wearing pajamas) and Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Bay County Audubon Society
The Bay County Audubon Society recently received a grant for the 2016 Audubon Travel Adventure Film Series promoting the conservation and preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat. Accepting the check is Audubon President, Ron Houser, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Richard Ingram, Past Audubon President.
Bay Food Bank Mobile Pantry
The Foundation provided funding to the Bay Area Food Bank in July, 2015, for 16 mobile pantries – 6 in Bay County, 6 in Walton County. Pictured is a Lynn Haven Mobile Pantry scheduled at Messiah Lutheran Church and assisted by Bay Medical volunteers. Over 5,000 pounds of free food was provided to more than 100 families in the area. More Mobile Pantries have been scheduled.
Holy Nativity Episcopal School
The Foundation funded Holy Nativity Episcopal School, a local nonprofit school offering quality education from grades K – 8, funding to help with improvements to their historic building in downtown Panama City. Pictured accepting the check are Holy Nativity Board Members Clayton Syfrett, Robert Carroll, Foundation Director Janet Greeno, Board Member Mary Kathryn San Juan and Board member Brian Faison.
The E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center recently received a $20,000 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) to assist Bay County students with transportation costs to the Center in the 2015/2016 school year. Pictured receiving the grant, from left to right, is School Board Member Steve Moss, Paul Arthur, President/Director of Nokuse Education, Inc., Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Katie McCurdy, K-12 Science Instructional Specialist and Bay County School Superintendent, William Husfelt.
The Emerald Coast Science Center (ECSC), Fort Walton Beach, was recently awarded a grant of $12,960.00 to help K-5th grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary with their science classes. The ECSC has helped raise student’s science tests scores in the past 2 years. Pictured from left to right is Nichole Clark, Director of Education and teacher at ECSC, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation and Diane Fraser, Executive Director at ECSC.
A local Panama City school for adults with developmental disabilities recently received funding for a new passenger van. The St. Joe Community Foundation granted Pyramid, Inc., $25,000 to help purchase the van that will transport students to events, as the school focuses on visual and performing arts. Pictured accepting the check are students that attend Pyramid, Inc., as well as Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation and Beverly Nield, who assisted with obtaining the van for Pyramid, Inc.
Safe Connections, with an office located on College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs, is a court resource that provides a safety for children when their families are experiencing instability or other unsafe behaviors. A $10,000 check was recently received by Safe Connections Executive Director, Sharon Rogers, on the right. Presenting the check is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the The St. Joe Community Foundation. Safe Connections also has offices in Crestview, Shalimar and Fort Walton Beach.
A $15,000 grant was provided by The St. Joe Community Foundation to sponsor the production of “The Nutcracker” by The Northwest Florida Ballet with live music by Sinfonia Gulf Coast at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Foundation is a proud supporter of the arts in our communities for the past 15 years. Accepting the check is Northwest Florida Ballet’s Artistic Director Todd Allen with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of Foundation, and the many students that attend The Northwest Florida Ballet. Photo taken by Jennifer Boles Photography.
The American Red Cross Women’s Expo – The Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Expo held in May, 2015, in Panama City, of which our funding helped to support and educate those in our Bay and Walton communities about the safety of having a smoke detector in homes. Pictured are area volunteers.
Walton High School Quarterback Club – The Foundation granted funding for new safety and workout equipment for the Walton High School Football Team, including new EvoShield protective shirts for new team members. Principal Hughes, Coach Stevens, Executive Director Janet Greeno and some of the football team are pictured accepting the Foundation’s check. Go Braves!
South Walton High School’s Robotic Team recently received funding for new robotic equipment to compete in the next area robotic competition. Accepting the check is Teacher Frank Schwandt, Janet Greeno, and Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts as well as many robotics team members. Go Team!
The Paxton School Baseball team received funding to assist with training and equipment needs. Pictured is Coach Nate Moore accepting the check with Principal Cindy Neale, Janet Greeno, Ex. Director of the Foundation, Assistant Coach Chris Davenport, Softball Coach Jeff Bradley as well as many excited Bobcat baseball team members.
Run for your life, the Zombie’s are coming! On October 31, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Zombie Run and the Foundation is a proud community partner in funding this event. Accepting the check at the Sheriff’s Office in the photo are left to right Lori Maddox, Sarah Biernacki, Janet Greeno, Ex. Director of the Foundation, Chari Rivers and Maggie Heelan.
Helping those struggling with hunger is what the Bay Area Food Bank has been doing for Northwest Florida for many years. The St. Joe Community Foundation is partnering with Bay Area Food Bank and granted $12,000 toward 16 mobile food pantries to be distributed to help those needing food in Bay and Walton Counties. Accepting the check is, from left to right, Colleen McMahon, Bay Area Food Bank External Relations Manager, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Bay Area Food Bank Board Member Stephen Rhodes.
Candy Nowling, Director of The Matrix Community Center, held a “Jail and Bail” funding drive for the DeFuniak Springs nonprofit in April, 2015 and The St. Joe Community Foundation was happy to provide a $1,000 grant, provided by Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation. The Matrix Community Center offers area residents assistance with clothing, food, shelter, and other services for those less fortunate in the community.
Summercamp is a fun place to go, full of fun activities and excitement. This year 11 severely disabled youth in Walton and Bay Counties will attend summercamp, operated by the Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida. Working with the DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club, The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a grant of $8,500 to send these 11 youth to the Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida for 1 week this summer. Accepting the grant is Joyce Dove, Rotary Youth Club Camp Director and Rotary member Chuck Lawson.
The Walton High School Language Arts Department received a grant for $13,500 for new mini laptops for students. Accepting the grant at the Walton County School Board meeting is Language Arts Teacher Tracy Nick with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
ROTC Cadet Nick Van Eycken received a $2,000 Scholarship from Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the Eglin Air Force Association ceremony. Pictured on either side is Major General Mike Kostelnik, Chairman of the Aerospace Education Foundation, and general speaker CMSgt USAF Retired Roy Taylor. The Foundation granted the Eglin Air Force Education Association with a $5,000 grant to area graduating ROTC cadets.
The Bay County School Board honored area businesses that assisted in funding the Bay County High School’s Academic Fairs in Science, Engineering and Math. The Foundation provided a $2,500 grant. Pictured are the business recipients and Bay County School board members.
In honor of the 2015 graduates at Rutherford High School, The St. Joe Community Foundation funded a $500 grant toward Project Graduation to help keep our graduates safe the evening of their Graduation. Accepting the funding from left to right is Rutherford High Principal Roy Pilson, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Beverly Barron, Project Graduation Chair.
The South Walton Community Council (SWCC) produces a trail map for Walton County residents and visitors, and the Foundation is a proud sponsor of this organization. The Foundation granted $1,500 as a sponsor, and accepting the check is from left to right, SWCC President Kelley Mossburg, SWCC members Matthew Jones, Emily Gibson, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Alan Ficarra, Mark Flynn and Leigh Moore.
Relay for Life is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to help fight cancer. The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a $5,000 sponsorship this year to the American Cancer Society’s annual North of the Bay event held at Freeport High School, Freeport, Florida. Pictured is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, with Michelle Wright and a Relay for Life volunteer.
The Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation has a yearly auction to raise funding for area nonprofits. Pictured is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the St. Joe Community Foundation, with John Russell, Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation President, accepting the $10,000 donation.
Poetry can be happy or sad, lift your spirits, or inform others how you feel. The Jinks Middle School Literacy Coach, Tracey Sirmans, is pictured with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Britt Smith, Principal of Jinks Middle School, accepting a grant for $300 toward the school’s yearly “Night of H.O.P.E”, highlighting the student’s poetry accomplishments.
Girls, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that inspires young girls to be strong, smart and bold. The St. Joe Community Foundation recently assisted in funding a remodeled multi-purpose room at the Girls, Inc. building with a grant of $10,000. Pictured is Executive Director Niki Kelly accepting the grant with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the celebration of the upgraded multi-purpose room.
Lynn Haven Rotary recently held their 9th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the St. Andrew Bay Center, a local nonprofit agency that assists adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Foundation provided a $1,000 grant and pictured are some of the St. Andrew Bay Center’s students, board members, employees and golf participants accepting the check.
Artificial reefs are an important component in our oceans that assist in producing and enhancing the marine environment. The St. Joe Community Foundation is proud to be a partner with Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) and funded $25,000 toward their newest reefs off Mexico Beach. Pictured from left to right is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Bob Cox, President of the MBARA and his wife Carol Cox.
In 2014, the Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to the Air Force Association's Eglin Chapter for Junior Reserve Officer's scholarships at any Walton County High School. From Left to right in the photo is the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken received a $2,000 STEM scholarship, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Cadet Colonel Allen Lane received a $3,000 general scholarship.
The Foundation recently sponsored a ROTC Drill Meet with a $700.00 donation for awards for the cadets who participated. Pictured with the check are the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, High School Senior Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and High School Senior Cadet Colonel Allen Lane.
A $50,000 grant was funded to AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute to assist with educational programming for the teens that attend this very special school in Bay County. From left to right is Board Member Norm Gulkis, Ron Boyce, Executive Director at AMIkids, Student Michael Wilkerson, Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Students Josh Graf, Alyssa Davidson and Samantha Johnson and Board Member Dr. Richard Bruhn.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast (SGC) recently received a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 season, as they provide a wonderful mix of music education to our area youth. Pictured left to right is Michael Sherwood (SGC Board member), Phyllis Hasty (Link Up Host), Deb Finlayson (SGC Education Committee), Liz Aylor (SGC Education Coordinator), Demetrius Fuller (SGC Music & Artistic Director), Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Kate Kelley (SGC Board Member & Musician), SGC Board Members Jeff Landreth and Jeff Dannelly.
The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) recently granted to Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties for $5,000 to assist in covering Walton County parent’s childcare costs, which help parents return to work and be more productive in our society. Pictured accepting the check are Connie Watson, Executive Assistant to the Early Learning Coalition, Past Chair Jill Warren, Chair President Beth Brant, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and Gloria Mayo, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
The Foundation granted Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) $3,000 to help produce “A Dickens Christmas”. ECTC members Chris Ogle, Scott Galloway, and Nathanael Fisher received the check presented by Foundation members Janet Greeno and Ken Borick.
The Foundation recently granted $10,000 to the Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Panama City. Accepting the funding is from left to right, Floyd Skinner, Salvation Army Board member, Tanya Jones, Regional Development Director, Kimberly Garbett, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Shelter, Janet Greeno and Major Caleb Prieto, Pastor and Corps Officer.
The Foundation sponsored the Bay County Library Foundation’s 16th Annual BooksAlive 2015 event with a $10,000 donation. Pictured is Bettina Mead, BooksAlive Director, Janet Greeno, and Sandra Pierce, Head of Youth Services for the Bay County Public Library.
Cub Scout Pack 323, Panama City Beach, was excited with funding for their Pinewood Derby timer. Pictured are the cub scouts and their leaders accepting their check.
$5,000 Gold Sponsorship for Relay for Life funded to the American Cancer Society for Bay County presented to Eastside Representative, with Donna Bell, News Director of WJHG, Janet Greeno and Dee Hayhurst, American Cancer Society Sr. Representative
The St. Joe Community Foundation granted $6,000 to the NWFL Guardian ad Litem program for Walton County children in the court appointment program. Pictured are Charles Nelson, Treasurer, Chuck Schuster, Program Director, Janet Greeno, Executive Director and Bill Streitz, President.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Walton County Sheriff teamed up to sponsor a Zombie Fun Run benefitting Juvenile Diabetes in Walton County. Pictured above is Walton County’s Sheriff Mike Atkinson, Janet Greeno, and Captain Chari Rivers, Walton County Sheriff’s office, receiving a sponsorship check for $2,000.
Bay Audubon Society President Mary Jo Capra and Member Richard Ingram accepting a $3,500 funding for the Audubon’s 2015 Film Series at J. R. Arnold High School
Girl Scout Council members Peggy McLane, Gretchen Erickson, Raslean Allen, Tami Valdez and Irene Field accepting a $20,000 check for upgrades to Girl Scout Camp Kolomoki in DeFuniak Springs
Rutherford High Principal, Coy Pilson, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team and Head Coach Janna Mount accepting $4,100 in funding for new uniforms and equipment
Foundation granted $13,500 to Bay County Schools for 4th and 7th graders transportation costs to attend E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Janet Greeno, STJCF, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis, and Katie McCurdy, K-12 Science Instructional Specialist.
Granted $10,000 for new robotic software to Breakfast Point Academy at recent Bay County School Board Meeting. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Breakfast Point Principal Keri Weatherly, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Superintendent Bill Husfelt.
Check Presentation to Children in Crisis to assist Walton County children that are abused or neglected. Pictured are Ken Hair, President and CEO, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Allie Noah, Development Director.
West DeFuniak Elementary’s (WDE) Assistant Prin. Rodney Free, Janet Greeno, Tammy Cosson, a WDE teacher, and Jamie LaFoilette from Emerald Coast Science Center pose for receiving funds for WDE students Science lessons funded by the Foundation.
Nokuse Plantation Biologist with an adult gopher tortoise being received at Nokuse Plantation, due to a grant funded by the STJCF for $150,000 to bring this keystone species to North Florida to thrive.
Nokuse Plantation Biologist showing how to tell the age of a gopher tortoise. The STJCF granted the Humane Society of the United States, and in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife and Nokuse Plantation, funded $150,000 to bring the tortoises from South and Central Florida to the Nokuse Plantation to thrive.
Klothes for Kids Program, 2014, provides new and gently used school clothes to area children. The Foundation provided a $2,500 grant for their clothes drive. Pictured are the 2014 sponsors from Clear Channel- Krista Barker, Panama City Rescue Mission- Amanda Bawn and Thurman Chambers, Central Credit Union of Florida- Lakiktha Thompson, Jacqueline, News Herald and Janet Greeno – STJCF.
Principal Jeff Infinger and Teacher Leigh Glenn receive funding for the 1st year of a Robotics Academy at Emerald Coast Middle School.
President Mark Douglass and Treasurer Kim Kirby accept STJCF funding to bring live performances of Walton Folklore to area in July by Grit and Grace performers.
STJCF funded $5,000 to Beach Care Services for emergency dental expenses for uninsured beach area
A 5th grade student from Hutchison Beach Elementary School enjoys her experience in Washington, D.C. STJCF sponsored an essay contest for the school and the winners were awarded with a free trip to Washington, D.C.
The STJCF granted $4,000 to the Panama City Beach Library Foundation for the purchase of new children and young adults books. The check presentation was coordinated with the Babies and Books program.
STJCF granted the Bay Area Food Bank representative, Leah Weber, $12,500 to provide meals to three area Elementary schools backpack programs for hungry children. Waller Elementary, Mossy Head Elementary and Southport Elementary children will benefit from this donation for the next year.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida Marine Scientist, Alison McDowell, receives $20,000 from STJCF to teach hands-on educational classes to Walton County 6th graders on the Coastal Dune Lake Water Monitoring Program.
STJCF granted funding to four non-profits as part of Tyndall Air Force Base's Service Days. The air men are painting the interior of the Panama City Boys and Girls Club on their service day afternoon.
As part of Tyndall Air Force Base's Community Service Days, funds donated from the St. Joe Community Foundation were used towards the construction of a community garden in Mexico Beach.
STJCF donated $28,800 towards Walton County Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Program. The donation will assist 6 Walton County students with a 2-year College scholarship.
STJCF received very thoughtful Thank You cards from 3rd grade students at Mossy Creek Elementary. STJCF purchased 700 peripole recorders for 3rd graders in Six Walton County elementary schools. In conjunction with the Sinfonia of the Gulf Coast, the peripoles will allow these students to perform a concert with New York City’s Carnege Hall Symphony Orchestra in May. Thank you Mossy Creek Elementary Third Graders for these nice cards!
A $10,000 donation from STJCF to Sinfonia Gulf Coast contributed to the funding of live orchestra performances for students of Bay and Walton Counties.
The St. Joe Community Foundation donated $5,000 to the South Walton Youth Football League for the purchase of new protective helmets.
The St. Joe Community Foundation donated $5,000 to the Anchorage Children’s Home of Bay County. The grant was used towards beds and linens at the Sibling Foster Group Home in Panama City Beach.
Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties used a $5,000 grant from STJCF toward subsidized childcare for economically challenged working parents in Walton County.
The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to The Academy of Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-based preschool, the grant allowed the preschool to double in size, growing from serving 22 students to 54 students.
The St. Joe Community Foundation sponsored the Walton County Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Education in August, 2013.
The STJCF donated $5,000 to the Gulf Coast Advocacy Center to assist abused and neglected children in Bay County. Proceeds of the donation were used to purchase over 40 Halloween costumes for children they serve.
Members of the South Walton Youth Football Program show off new football helmets that a $5,000 STJCF contribution to the Taylor Haugen Foundation was used towards.
STJCF donated $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Panama City Beach to be a sponsor at the group’s Grills Gone Wild event. Grills Gone Wild is the Rotary Club’s signature fundraiser that raises funds for local charitable organizations in Bay County.
STJCF has funded over 21 scholarships in the Take Stock in Children program for Bay County students. Take Stock In Children offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.
Thanks to the STJCF's $5,000 donation to the Taylor Haugen Foundation, Emerald Coast Middle and South Walton High School students received rib protecting gear for their football uniforms.
Food for Thought received a $10,000 grant in 2013 to continue with a backpack food program for Bay Elementary, Butler Elementary and Emerald Coast Middle School students.
The STJCF granted the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center $115,000 in support of the Recycling “Talking Trash” program at the center. It is one of the most popular programs and teaches the visiting 4th and 7th graders about recycling in their community.
The STJCF awarded a $2,500 grant to the Panama City Beach Library Foundation in support of the 2013 Reading and Art Programs for Children and their families.
A representative from Zoo World displays a hedgehog as part of the Panama City Beach Library’s 2013 Children’s Summer Program, funded in part by a $2,500 grant from STJCF for children’s summer programs.
STJCF presented a $300,000 donation to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf to assist in the hospital's mission to provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare to the people of Gulf and Franklin Counties. To date, STJCF has donated more than $3.8 million to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.