Note: This article was originally published by Florida Trend on June 19, 2019
SARASOTA, FL (June 19, 2019) – The Bay Park Conservancy announced a gift of $2 million by anonymous donors through their fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The unrestricted gift, to be used over the next 3 years to build out and operate the $20 million first phase of The Bay Park, was inspired by the challenge match established by The Patterson Foundation and contributions from other generous philanthropists.
“We are grateful for this gift which recognizes the importance of conserving, enhancing, and activating Sarasota’s bayfront,” said Founding CEO AG Lafley.
Bay Park Conservancy’s Director of Advancement, Veronica Brady, added, “These wonderful donors are year-round residents who are committed to initiatives that bring the rich diversity of our community together. They hope that their gift inspires others to join them in helping us build a park for all.”
If you want to learn more about the project or would like to contribute, visit www.thebaysarasota.org. To find out how to get involved, visit the Blue Pagoda at 655 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.
About The Bay Park Conservancy
The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 2019 to implement the Master Plan approved by the Sarasota City Commission to conserve 53 acres of public land for a community park on Sarasota Bay. The BPC entered into a long-term partnership with the City and will fund, develop, operate and sustain the park for the benefit of the community, now, and for generations to come. For more information, visitwww.bayparkconservancy.org.
About The Patterson Foundation Challenge
The Patterson Foundation has committed $5 million to Bay Park Conservancy to catalyze support for the additional $15 million needed to fulfill the $20 million Phase 1 budget. The Patterson Foundation’s investment includes an initial gift of $2 million, along with additional contributions of $1 million as each additional $5 million is raised in private support. For more information about The Patterson Foundation, visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org.
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