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Special Events

2022 Events
John's Island Foundation Leadership Circle

2022 Leadership Circle Celebration

On February 27, 2022 we welcomed our Leadership Circle members to our third annual Leadership Circle celebration “Grazie Mille!” Leadership Circle donors enjoyed a wide array of fine Banfi wines paired with Tuscan specialties prepared by Chef Farnsworth. Foundation Chair Don Blair gave an update on Foundation activities and Phil Barns, ED of Youth Guidance spoke of how the Foundation has made a major impact on his agency’s ability to achieve its mission.


Thank you to the Marinari family for donating the Banfi wine, and thank you to our sponsors, John’s Island Real Estate and Northern Trust whose generous contribution covered the costs. We also thank the Chair of the Leadership Circle Celebration, Tina Nickle.

*The Fourth Annual Leadership Circle Celebration will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022.

The John’s Island Foundation gives special recognition to members of the Leadership Circle who have shown extraordinary generosity, with annual donations of $5,000 and above.

2022 Annual Donor Reception

On April 13, 2022 we held our annual Donor Reception to celebrate all Foundation Donors in the 2021-22 Fiscal Year.

Foundation Chair Don Blair reported we raised over $1 million in contributions this year. SafeSpace CEO Teresa Albizu, Ed.D spoke about how great an impact John’s Island Foundation grants for facilities have made on women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.


We thank the Co-Chairs of this event, Linda Fox and Betsy Smith.


To read more about JIF Grants click here>

*The 2023 Donor Reception will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023

2020 Events

*Due to Covid restrictions, the 2021 events were canceled.

20th Anniversary / 2020 Annual Donor Reception

The 2020 Annual Donor Reception celebrated the John’s Island Foundation's 20th Anniversary on January 27, 2020 in the John's Island Club Ballroom. The Foundation honored founder and first president Ellie McCabe by donating a special $50,000 grant to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) for a new mental health guidance office.


2019 Leadership Circle Celebration

We enjoyed seeing those who were able to attend our second annual Leadership Circle Banfi Wine Tasting “Italy Comes to Florida” on November 13, 2019, in the John's Island Club Ballroom.

2019 Events
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