INDIAN RIVER COUTNY -- The CASTLE headquarters in Vero Beach provided the setting Jan. 8 for the annual meeting of the Indian River Community Foundation during which the board of directors elected a new slate of officers to guide the organization.
Bob Puff, vice president of Sands Capital Management, was elected to his first term as chairman of foundation, which now holds nearly $18 million in assets all designated for charitable purposes.
Scott Alexander, president of Northern Trust, will serve as vice chairman, alongside Lois Appleby, secretary and Ted Michael, treasurer. Bill Frick will serve as an at-large member of the executive committee, with Becky Allen filling the role of immediate past chairwoman.
The Indian River Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that improves the community through donor-driven philanthropy. The majority of the foundation's assets are held in donor-advised funds, from which fund holders recommend grants to any nonprofit organization. The foundation awarded 533 grants totaling more than $3 million in 2012.
During the annual meeting, Teresa Garbarino-May, CASTLE's executive director and Doug Borrie, director of operations, made a presentation about how CASTLE fulfills its mission to improve the quality of family life and prevent child abuse and neglect throughout the Treasure Coast.
"CASTLE is among the many nonprofit organizations which have received grants from the Indian River Community Foundation over the past few years," said Ms. Allen, outgoing chairwoman. "It was gratifying for our board members to visit the organization and hear firsthand how their work is changing the lives of so many children and families in our community."
Board member Buzz Wurzer also received special recognition during the meeting. Mr. Wurzer has led the marketing efforts of the foundation for several years.
Ms. Allen called Mr. Wurzer an "unsung hero" and applauded his unrelenting focus on finding new ways to rally philanthropists and nonprofit leaders around common interests to improve our community.
The new officers will lead the 15-member board of directors, which is also comprised of Ben Bailey, Drew Barton, Paul Becker, Kevin Given, Alma Lee Loy, Rick McDermott, Bob Morrison, Andrea Thurn and Mr. Wurzer.
For more information, call (772)492-1407 or visit www.ircommunityfoundation.com.