Community Foundation for Brevard Hosts Exclusive Reception at the Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., (March 13, 2018) – The Community Foundation for Brevard hosted an intimate evening reception for donors and supporters on February 28 at the Nyami Nyami River Lodge at the Brevard Zoo. The event featured Keith Winsten, executive director of the Brevard Zoo, who provided guests with a preview of the zoo’s innovative and transformational new project, Rainforest Rising.

After Winsten’s comments, guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes walk-through of the future exhibit area that is sure to educate and inspire our community to become better stewards of our planet while providing visitors with an exquisite ecosystem of nature, animal encounters and research experiences. Upon returning to the lodge guests enjoyed conversation, drinks, tapas, and special encounters with a few of the zoo’s most popular residents from the rainforests of Central and South America – Tango the sloth and Corduroy the Tamandua just to name a few.

During the evening’s program, Matthew Kucera, vice chair of the Community Foundation board thanked the forward-thinking, compassionate and generous individuals and families that make up the foundation for their commitment to philanthropy in Brevard. He also presented a special recognition to Director Emeritus, Ron Bray, for his generous gifts of time, talent and treasure to the Community Foundation over the past eight years.

A highlight of the evening was when Theresa Grimison, president & CEO of the Community Foundation recognized long-time client Michael Shannon for 20 years of philanthropy with the Community Foundation for Brevard. In 1998, Mr. Shannon established the MNT Fund, a field of interest fund advancing local animal welfare causes. Since that time, he has also established a fund benefiting veterinary technology students pursuing their academic dreams at Eastern Florida State College, as well as a legacy gift with the Foundation through his estate.

“Michael is just one example of our diverse donor family,” shared Grimison. “It’s an honor to work with each one of you and you are what inspire and delight all of us at the Community Foundation. Everyone in this room places your own unique importance on philanthropy – all with a variety of interests and causes that matter most to you. Together with our donors, our board, and our caring staff we are all planting seeds to build a stronger, healthier community.”

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As conveners, grant makers and facilitators of donor driven philanthropy, the Community Foundation for Brevard is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Brevard County. Since 1981, the Community Foundation has connected donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. Together we have helped individuals, families and businesses contribute nearly $20M in grants and scholarships to make positive change in Brevard and beyond.

About Community Foundation for Brevard

The Community Foundation for Brevard serves as a trusted resource and leader for philanthropic individuals and organizations to enhance and sustain Brevard County’s quality of life. An independent, 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation manages family foundations and funds for the philanthropic community with the goal of providing a perpetual source of income for charitable causes while protecting the investment.  For more information about the Community Foundation, call 321-752-5505 or visit