The Board of Directors of the George G. & Amelia G. Tapper Foundation met recently to conduct the business of their annual meeting. At the gathering, seven area organizations were granted funding totaling $70,800. Also, the Board approved $5,800 worth of grants already expended since January toward the support of the Junior Service League’s annual Children Service Center winter cloths shopping trip and the Port St. Joe Lions Club Sportsman’s Banquet.
The Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation was awarded $30,000 toward the $250,000 the Tapper Foundation has committed to the support of the Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital. Gulf Coast State College Foundation received $15,000 toward their ambitious goal of $500,000 for the Culinary Arts Program at the new state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center. In support of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, a challenge grant of $10,000 was offered to their effort to improve the dog-run facilities at the local Center.
Smaller, but no less important, grants were provided for the second year in a row to the Christian Community Development Fund headed by Mrs. Diana Burkett in the amount of $2,500 to assist in the purchase of desperately-needed supplies for its much-lauded home improvement program.
“The Christian Community Development Fund is very thankful for the support the Tapper Foundation has always shown us. Tapper Foundation grants, over the last two years, have helped us provide much needed home repairs for the elderly and disabled in our community. Again we are very thankful for the local support” said Burkett.
Also for the second year in a row, the Gulf County 4-H received funding of $3,000 to help local youth attend their summer leadership camp.
The Salt Air Farmer’s Market was a first-time recipient of $3,000 to help them purchase much-needed equipment and allow for regional marketing exposure.
Rounding out the list of recipients is the Junior Achievement of NW Florida, which received $1,500 to fund classes for Gulf County students in business and professional life skills.
Since its creation by the late Senator George Tapper in 1986, the Tapper Foundation has provided grant funding for area organizations in excess of $1.75 million dollars.
The contributions to the local community will continue with support of newly-elected board member Amelia Marie Warriner. She was appointed to replace longtime board member Mr. J.V. (Bubba) Gander of Apalachicola. Mr. Gander has served on the board since1988 after the death of Mr. B. Roy Gibson.
“While we are going to miss the wise and steady counsel of our longtime dear friend Mr. Bubba, I am excited for the future and what perspective Amelia can bring to our work” said Trish Warriner, mother of Amelia and Chair of the Board.
The Tapper Foundation is a non-profit family foundation supporting area organizations that enhance education, public welfare, social and religious justice.