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​Publix Super Markets Charities Supports The Glades Initiative


It’s always a good day when funders support our work! Publix Super Markets Charities visited The Glades Initiative recently to present us with a contribution for our programs that target food security in our region.

The Glades Initiative is thankful to count Publix Super Markets Charities as a partner in our efforts to address hunger in the Glades!

The Glades Initiative receives Bank of America 2019 Neighborhood Builder Award


The Glades Initiative, Inc. was thrilled to be awarded the Bank of America 2019 Neighborhood Builders award at the official celebration on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at a breakfast held at the Manatee Lagoon. Three of our Board Members, Irene Figueroa, Salesia Smith-Gordon and Julie Swindler were able to attend the event along with our President/CEO, Karis Engle

We were happy to see that in addition to The Glades Initiative award, Habitat for Humanity of PBC was also awarded and will be expanding their housing services in the Glades area.


This incredible award will allow The Glades Initiative to increase access to health and human services, increase healthy food access for at-home seniors, and will assist with the expansion of our recently acquired new building.


Many thanks to Fab Brumley, and her local Bank of America team, for their ongoing support of our work in the Glades!


Bank of America created Neighborhood Builders in 2004 to help non-profits make a bigger impact advancing economic mobility in the communities they serve through building leadership skills, providing flexible funding ($200k) and fostering a peer network.

Honda Classic Charity Donates $20,000 to The Glades Initiative


A big thank you to The Honda Classic for their donation of $20,000 from the Honda Classic Cares – Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc. to The Glades Initiative. Hundreds of families will have access to safety net services and heathy food!

The Glades Initiative Participated in the 2019 Great Charity Challenge!


A Huge Thank You to Great Charity Challenge - all the sponsors and riders, and especially Anne Caroline Valtin, the Executive Director for the wonderful event in Wellington on Saturday, February 2, 2019, supporting nonprofits throughout Palm Beach County! 


The Glades Initiative was thrilled to be randomly drawn from the basket of hundreds of organizations for a $4,000 grant during the event! Very exciting. To see all the results from the evening, and to learn more, click below!



The Glades Initiative Won 5th Place at the Great Charity Challenge 2018!


The Glades Initiative won 5th place at the Great Charity Challenge 2018! Thank you to the Bellissimo Family, the riders and sponsors! 


Karis Engle, President/CEO of The Glades Initiative, was on-hand to receive $75,000 at the ninth annual event, held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington on Saturday, February 3, 2018.


To learn more, and for a list of all the winners, click below!


The Glades Initiative had an incredibly exciting weekend at The Great Charity Challenge!


We were pulled as one of the "wildcard" charities in The Great Charity Challenge event on Saturday night. The team of riders we were matched with placed 23rd, which awarded us with a $21,000 grant to support our work in the community! Our riders were also dressed to the theme, as they were awarded best team costume, resulting in an additional $5,000 for The Glades Initiative! Thank you Bellissimo's, Anne Caroline, Great Charity Challenge, and all the wonderful sponsors of this fantastic event!

The Glades Initiative, Inc. has a Great Night at the Great Charity Challenge


The Glades Initiative, Inc. was thrilled to win a total of $46,500 from the Great Charity Challenge. When their riders (who continued to compete in the pouring rain) placed 24th, they won $21,500 in addition to a $25,000 special award! It was a great event at the Winter Equestrian Center - even with the undesirable weather.


The Glades  Initiative was also extremely grateful to win one of the special random grants! It was a incredible night for the Glades Initiative! They send a huge thank you to all the sponsors and supporters, especially Mark Bellissimo and Anne Caroline.


The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is an excellent opportunity for the equestrian world to give back to the community. The GCC started in 2010, generating over $400,000 for 24 local charities. Today, the event has grown to 34 local charities competing for over $1.5 million each year. To date, the Great Charity Challenge has distributed over to $7.5 million to 150 plus Palm Beach County Charities.

Palm Beach County plans food giveaway June 12 in Belle Glade

May 20, 2015

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, State Senator Joseph Abruzzo and State Representative Kevin Rader will host the Fantastic Food Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Avenue D Loading Ramp in Belle Glade. About 500 food cartoons of fruits, vegetables, bread and other staples will be distributed to families. Pre-registration is not required. Food is provided by FarmShare, a nonprofit dedicated to recovering, sorting, and distributing food for people in need. Food comes from  U.S. Department of Agriculture commodity programs and from produce donations. Call 561-355-2206.

Glades Initiative's CEO Honored

April, 2015

Glades Initiative CEO Karis Engle was one of three women honored by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches during its 32nd annual Women In Leadership Awards in April. Ms. Engle joined other recipients Salesia Smith-Gordon and Martha Ruth Reyes.

Glades Initiative Wins Hero In Medicine Award

May, 2014

The Palm Beach Medical Society announced the 2014 Heroes of the Year at their 11th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards held on May 8th at the Kravis Center. Individuals and organizations who utilize their skills in the field of health care to provide outstanding service to meet the need of people in local, national, and/or global communities were nominated.

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