Inside The Tank
A monthly e-newsletter highlighting Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank's impact in the community, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities.     
Feature Story
Julie Fisher Cummings, Evan Deoul, Heidi LeRoy, Sally Lou Loveman, Season One Finalists, January Reissman, Season Two Finalists, Michael Kohner, Bill Meyer, Avy Stein, & Christine Stiller  
Photo Credit: Capehart Photography
Julie Fisher Cummings & Holly Mortiz  
Photo Credit: Capehart Photography
Bill Meyer & Raveena Pandhare
Photo Credit: Capehart Photography

More than 400 parents, students and supporters attended the second annual Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Finals Event on March 8, 2017 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The nine Student-Finalist teams did an outstanding job “live-pitching” their programs/project ideas, and collectively received $100,000. The prize money will be used to implement their programs over the next year as they work closely with their Philanthropist-Investor(s).  

The adrenaline-filled evening was felt among the crowd, too, thanks to the help of our emcee, Sally Lou Loveman, former audience producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Oprah’s Lifeclass” for OWN. During the Philanthropist-Investors deliberation break, Loveman got the audience involved in raising funds to support PBPTank. The goal of $10,000 was surpassed, with more than $15,000 raised in donations made from the enthusiastic and supportive crowd. 

The overwhelming success of our 2017 event would not have been possible without the support (and generous funding) of our sponsors and Philanthropist-Investors: Julie Fisher Cummings, Bill Meyer, Avy Stein and Christine Stiller. 

Annual Sponsors: AB Bernstein, Braman Motorcars, Gunster, Lennar Foundation, Otis Elevator, Publix Super Market Charities and Quantum Foundation

Event Sponsor, Innovator Level: Andersen Tax

Event Sponsor, Entrepreneur Level: Colonnade Properties LLC, D.E. Swirnow Family Trust (Beth & David Swirnow), Michael and Annie Falk Foundation and Ronnie & Susan Pertnoy

Partners: Advisors for Philanthropic Impact (API), Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

We’d also like to recognize everyone who couldn’t join us in-person but watched via Facebook Live. Our Facebook Live stream videos were viewed over 9,000 times! 

Thank you to all involved in Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank 2017. Stay in touch and follow the progress of the 2017 Student-Finalists by visiting our website .

Community Impact
            Sally Lou Loveman, Christine Stiller, Avy Stein, Julie Fisher Cummings, Bill Meyer, Ava Goldstone &                         Chase Chimenti  Photo Credit: Capehart Photography
Christine Stiller & Jordan Borenstein Photo Credit: Capehart Photography
Avy Stein & Jullian Litchenfeld Photo Credit:Capehart Photography

Each of the 2017 Student-Finalists will be making a positive impact in our community. Check out the complete list of programs and projects being funded this year.

Boundless Dreams
Team: Ava Goldstone
Pine Crest School
Pitch: Working with The Miracle League of Palm Beach County to develop an unrestricted, boundless, and inclusive playground and garden area.

Amount Awarded: $15,000
Palm Beach Visionaries
Team: Raveena Pandhare
Atlantic Community High School
Pitch:  Providing eye screenings to Head Start programs, children ages two to four, using a Welch Allen Camera to detect eye problems early on.

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Team: Princesse De Rossignol, Willmar Escalante, Jehan Hussein and Jorian Rivera
John I. Leonard High School
Pitch: Creating a program to teach high school students CPR, first aid and basic medical treatment
in case of an emergency.

Amount Awarded: $12,500

Princesses Against Cancer
Team: Natalie Gonzalez, Lauryn Mejia and Elizabeth Pino
Forest Hill High School
Pitch: Providing hospitalized children with a visit from their favorite characters along with care packages to help make hard times a little easier.
    Amount Awarded: $10,000 

    Horses That Help-Pathfinders
    Team: Holly Moritz
    Pitch: Expanding the existing Horses that Help program, which uses horses to break through physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and cultural barriers to “at risk” youth.

    Amount Awarded: $14,000
    The Ray Band
    Team: Jordan Borenstein and Seth Rodgers
    Jupiter Community High School
    Pitch: Installing sunscreen dispensers in Palm Beach County parks, and later in public schools, to empower peers and members of the community to make critical sun-safe choices for healthy living.

    Amount Awarded: $8,500
    Y Not Read?
    Team: Liz Cloninger, Miranda Green, Liana Stoll and Peyvie Wexler
    Palm Beach Day Academy
    Pitch: Partnering with the YMCA to purchase iPads for use at afterschool programs to improve reading skills.

    Amount Awarded: $9,000
    Hydroponic Harvest for Healthy Living
    Team: Julian Lichtenfeld
    Spanish River Community High School
    Pitch: Providing fresh produce to food-insecure individuals and families in Palm Beach County.

    Amount Awarded: $10,000
    The Youth Empowerment Project
    Team: Alexis Fisher, Baron Fisher and Bricen Fisher
    Atlantic Community High School and Carver Middle School
    Pitch: Engaging, connecting, and empowering middle school students to reach their full potential through mentorship and tutoring by high school students in the Delray Beach community.

    Amount Awarded: $11,000.00

    The student-finalists exemplify our vision to develop and execute out-of-the-box community betterment projects, to achieve a practical solution to societal issues we face in our community. We could not be more proud of them.”

     Evan C. Deoul, co-founder, Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank

    Save the Date
    On May 17, 2017 , from midnight to midnight, Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank  is participating in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online giving event led by the United Way of Palm Beach County, Achieve, Nonprofits First and United Way of Martin County.

    Great Give 2017 is designed to raise as much money as possible for local  nonprofits in just one day and we will need your help!  For a minimum of just a $20 dollars you can help to support our organization during this 24 hours of giving.

    All you have to do to donate is click on this link  on May 17th.

    In the News
    Erin Guy from WPB & January Romero Reissman with Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank  

    It’s the Final Countdown!

    As we geared up for the Finals Event, our Executive Director, January Romero Reissman visited WPBF (local ABC affiliate) to give an overview of this year’s Student-Finalists’ ideas and encourage the public to join us and support the program!  

    A big thank you to WPBF for having us on the show!


    Liz Cloninger, Miranda Green, Liana Stoll & Peyvie Wexler  Photo Credit:Capehart Photography

    Student-Finalists are Ready to Hit the Stage

    The Palm Beach Post helped drum up some excitement for the Finals Event in the days leading up to the big night! It’s always great to see the local media supporting our youth and a great organization (like ours!).

    Team Y Not Read from Palm Beach Day Academy was highlighted in the story as one of the nine finalists scheduled to compete on March 8. Y Not Read took home $9,000 to purchase iPads for afterschool programs at the YMCA to improve reading skills.
    Lauryn Mejias, Elizabeth Pino and Natalie Gonzalez  Video Credit: SFL Media Group
      That’s a Wrap! 2017 Student-Finalists
    Take Home $100,000
    We provided a short video clip of the Finals Event to the local television stations that were unable to attend. WPBF was excited to report an update on the Student-Finalists since January Romero Reissman was in-studio just a couple days before.
    Thanks again, WPBF!
    Get Involved
    Missed the Finals Event? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of ways to show your support. Here’s how you can help our students and community:
    • Follow the 2017 finalists over the next year on Twitter using the hashtag #PBPTank
    • Forward this email to help spread about Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank
    • Visit our website and follow our social channels for announcements about next year’s event.
      We are so grateful for your support of this amazing program.  Thank you!   
    2016-2017 Annual Sponsor