Community Connections
January 2019
Message from Jan Moran, Chairman and President
George Gadson and Jan Moran
Following the close of a milestone year when Jim would have celebrated his 100th birthday, it is truly my pleasure to announce George Gadson as our 2018 recipient of The Jim Moran Foundation Award. Presented to recognize those who have a demonstrated history of giving back, George’s character of kindness and compassion encourages others to make a difference.

My husband knew George well -- and he very much admired his artistic work, generous heart and meaningful philanthropy. In fact, it was George who first collaborated with Jim to design and then cast the bronze sculpture given to recipients of this special award.

We appreciate the significant mark George is leaving in our community and thank him for continuing to share his artistic gifts in a way that empowers spirits and brings all of us together.

My best to you,
Jan Moran
Recognizing George Gadson
At a reception alongside family and close friends (pictured with his wife and daughter), George was honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award.

In addition to the bronze sculpture, he received an unrestricted grant for $100,000 -- reflecting Jim Moran would have turned 100 in 2018 -- to the nonprofit of George's choice, Art-Turnatives for Building Communities.

George founded Art-Turnatives in 2010 to offer art experiences in communities that may not otherwise have access.
George with family
Student art project with George Gadson
With a unique ability and determination to convey the beauty that surrounds us and lives within each of us, George has created many large-scale works for public spaces with exhibits throughout the state of Florida.

He conducts community art engagement projects in underserved areas and provides art instruction to students with disabilities and youth in foster and relative care.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $115 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 -- with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC.

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