ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (November 7, 2016) – PARC received the first-ever Lighting the Way Award from the SunTrust Bank Foundation, which includes a $50,000 grant award. PARC was selected because of the impact they have made in Tampa Bay supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and promoting the concept of financial literacy.
SunTrust Bank Foundation created the Lighting the Way Award to recognize organizations that share in a commitment of moving people from a life of financial stress to one of financial confidence, and aligns itself with SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being. These grants support financial education, financial counseling, career development/workforce readiness, and small business entrepreneurship. SunTrust Bank Foundation believes that “everyone deserves a chance to live a life unburdened by financial stress and experience the freedom that comes from financial independence.”
SunTrust Bank Foundation notified PARC in October with a call to Karen Higgins, President and CEO, who stated, “The call came as a very welcomed surprise, not only to be recognized for all the work PARC does to help people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attain work and learn financial responsibility, but to be the very first recipient of this grant award is truly special.” PARC has hit the ground running with fresh, new ideas on how to use to funds to implement new opportunities that will guide, advise, and support their clients along their personal journies to financial understanding, security and wellness.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.
Photo Caption: Mark Detlaan and Allen Brinkman from Suntrust, Raul Perera, PARC Board Chairman, and Karen Higgins, PARC President & CEO