Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Club Foundation raises more than $95,000 for local charities


The Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Club Foundation announced the recipients of the annual Mineral City Celebration on Monday, July 26.

Founded in 1983, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach is part of the global network of Rotary International. It has grown to more than 130 members who dedicate themselves to fulfilling Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”  As part of its commitment to service, it hosts the annual Mineral City Celebration to raise funds for local charities.

The Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit through which the club provides financial support to dozens of local charities. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Mineral City Celebration benefit the foundation, which then distributes the funds to dozens of local charities through a rigorous application process. The foundation has allocated $1.5 million to Beaches-area nonprofits that make a valuable contribution to the lives of local residents.

This year, local charities receiving awards included: The MaliVai Washington Foundation, American Red Cross NE Florida, Arc of St. Johns, Art with a Heart in Healthcare, Beaches Habitat for Humanity, Beaches Museum, BEAM, Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Johns, Boys & Girls Club of NE Florida, Council on Aging (St. Johns County), Dial a Ride - Council on Aging, First Coast Cultural Center, Hands4Life, K9 for Warriors, Kate Amato Foundation, Language Exploration Enrichment, Mission House, Monique Burr Foundation, Operation New Uniform, PACE, Salvation Army - NE Florida Area, Seamark Ranch, Smiles for a Lifetime, United Way of St. Johns County, Volunteer Life Saving Corps, Volunteers in Medicine, Wounded Warrior Project, YMCA at Ponte Vedra Beach.