Chamber grants available
The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local nonprofits to apply for grants made possible by its recent Art in Key Largo auction.
The auction featured 10 giant, aluminum angelfish hand-painted by local artists. The sculptures were auctioned in February. The artists received half the proceeds, while the other half, about $6,000, will be distributed as grants to local nonprofits.
Applicants must email their organization's name, mission statement, a brief statement of need and IRS paperwork to email@example.com by May 11. Call 305-522-1330 for more information.
Gift honors homeless advocate
The law offices of Samuel J. Kaufman recently contributed $5,000 to the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (FKOC) for the Homeless in memory of the late Gabriel Mardones.
Mardones was a former FKOC employee who was killed last year in a traffic crash on College Road after leaving work at the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter.
The donated funds will be split between FKOC's Endowment Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the organization's transitional supportive housing programs.
Kaufman, a local attorney, is chairman of the coalition's board of directors.
Sugarloaf Lodge helps Habitat
The Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar hosted a benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys on March 31 to raise funds for Habitat's mission of providing affordable housing and home ownership for working families.
Local businesses support Habitat in a variety of ways, including tax credit sponsorship that allows sales tax to be used locally by Habitat, hosting fundraisers or donating items to the Habitat ReStore on Big Pine Key.
"The Lower Keys business community plays a major role in supporting Habitat and many other local organizations," said Habitat Operations Director Susan Miller. "They realize that Habitat's work in providing safe, decent affordable housing for our local workforce directly supports their business by allowing them to keep good, long-term employees."