Contact: Barbara Stark
DELRAY BEACH, FL –Virginia and Harvey Kimmel have provided a grant that will help sustain the musical instrument instruction program at Milagro Center along with a matching operations gift that will strengthen the local non-profit organization’s ability to provide vital education and arts programs to the community’s most at-risk children and teens.
The Kimmels announced the matching grant at Milagro Center’s recent ARTrageous 20th Anniversary Party, which brought together more than 120 people, including many community leaders, to enjoy dinner, creative performances by program participants and heartfelt testimonials from long-time volunteers, parents, students and supporters.
“Milagro Center has been fulfilling a critical need in the local Delray Beach community for many years,” said Harvey Kimmel, who, along with his wife, Virginia, have been supporting education and arts programs for children and teens for more than three decades. “They are filling the gap, offering structured after-school programs, not a baby-sitting service. We are so impressed with their leadership and programs and deeply moved by the impact they are having on these children and their families.”
Milagro Center’s President and CEO Barbara Stark expressed appreciation for the grants and said the matching gift, designated for the center’s operations, will plant the seed for additional donations from the community.
“We are so grateful for the Kimmels’ commitment,” said Stark. “We now call upon the community to fulfill the matching gift. It will go a long way in ensuring the long-term success of children who start life at risk of academic failure. Even the smallest gift can help provide a brighter and better future.”
In addition to the matching grant, the couple committed to funding Milagro Center’s musical instrument instruction program after learning that the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ 3-year funding cycle was coming to a close.
The Kimmels’ commitment to Milagro adds another chapter to a philanthropy legacy that began more than three decades ago when they started their first educational assistance program through endowments to sponsor minority graduate enrollment at The Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Since then, they have supported programs in several communities, most notably the Philadelphia area, where they resided for years and have an extensive track record of supporting education and arts, especially for children and teens.
The couple helped make it possible for students from underserved communities to see stage productions or attend movies for as little as $1. They also have been strong supporters of the Student Access Museum Pass program that allows high school students in Philadelphia one year of free admission to the city’s top museums.
Harvey Kimmel was also a founder and board chairman of Dancing Classrooms Philadelphia and the couple strongly supports the Philadelphia Young Playwrights program. In Michigan, where they have a summer home, the Kimmels support an arts assistance program in the public schools and recently provided seed money for a children’s film festival.
Since recently moving to Delray Beach, the Kimmels have provided a six-figure matching grant to jump-start the expansion of the children’s library section at the Delray Beach Public Library in addition to their gift to Milagro Center.
About Milagro Center
Founded in 1997, Milagro Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an arts and education program that nurtures the seeds of creativity, builds an indestructible sense of self-worth and inspires youth to reach their fullest potential. Milagro, which means “miracle” in Spanish, serves disadvantaged, undervalued children, teens, and families throughout South Florida. The Center’s four goals are to ensure academic success, promote the arts, teach inclusion while embracing diversity, and create strong individuals who positively impact their communities. Please visit the website at www.milagrocenter.org, become a Facebook fan of “The Milagro Center” Cause page, and follow Milagro Center on Twitter @MilagroCenter.