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Rick & Nancy Dillen

Investing in Brevard’s Art Teachers: Rick & Nancy Dillen

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Nancy and Rick believe that if you can dream it, you can do it. They partnered with the Foundation as a connector to bring their ideas to life. That's how they launched the Nancy Baur Dillen Art...

Michael Shannon

Where Giving Shelters Those without a Voice: MNT Fund

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Since he was a young boy, Michael Shannon has loved animals. He grew up with dogs, but when he moved to Florida in 1972 with the United States Air Force, cats better suited his lifestyle. Through his...

Doug & Kathleen Holton

Giving a Hand Up: Holton Family Fund

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Longtime Brevard residents, Doug and Kathleen Holton suffered the terrible loss every parent fears, when their son Christopher lost his life in a tragic accident. Even during their grief, they knew...

Phoebe Leeman

Creating Smiles: Mr. & Mrs. Hendrik Leeman Family Fund

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Born in 1921 with a cleft lip and palate, Phoebe Leeman’s life was saved by a quick-thinking relative who fed her using a milk-soaked cloth, along with the swift action of her parents. They whisked...