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December 14, 2020

The Pearl Mae Foundation selected to participate in the 2021 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC).

Wellington, FL – December 4, 2020 – Leading up to its twelfth annual event, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is calling out to individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to unite and support those that work tirelessly to serve our most vulnerable neighbors in Palm Beach County.

Founded during the financial crisis in 2008 by father/daughter team, Mark and Paige Bellissimo, the GCC was created to support unique communities and increase funding to local non-profit organizations.

To date, the exciting show jumping competition that blends equestrian sport and philanthropy has raised and distributed $14.8 million to 256 charities.

November 5, 2020

Local nonprofit delivering groceries to vulnerable seniors during pandemic

Right now, Project Thanksgiving is officially underway. The partnership between CBS12 News and the United Way of Palm Beach County aims to make sure every family has a warm meal this holiday season. The initiative is entering its 30th year, but the need for hunger relief is greater than ever before as families continue to struggle with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. One group that’s particularly vulnerable, our community’s senior citizens. The Pearl Mae Foundation is on a mission to help.

Year-round, the serve low income, at-risk seniors by assisting with co-payments and medical bills, facilitating home improvements as well as stepping in to help financially with meeting other daily needs. Lauren Sullivan, the executive director of the Pearl Mae Foundation says, once the pandemic hit in March, they realized a shift in need of seniors. Their biggest concern quickly became. ‘how can we get food?’ That’s when they started Pearl’s Pantry, helping families in the Jupiter area like Loretta and Charles McDonald. The couple, who simply cannot risk leaving their home as Charles has serious underlying health issues that could put him at a greater risk for being infected with the virus, looks forward to the delivery each week.

Volunteers with Pearl’s Pantry will drop off bags of groceries right to the doors of vulnerable seniors. There’s a little bit of everything inside like fresh meat, fruit, and veggies as well as household items like toilet paper and cleaning products. “It’s exciting,” said Loretta. “It’s like, ‘Oh gosh they’re bringing food. I only had a pound of hamburger left!” Her husband added, “And they really changed their mission from who they were to what they are now. To me, that is just a wonderful thing to do in these times.” Sullivan says she has also seen a positive impact on the mental health of the seniors they serve. “Being able to see a smiling face once a week has had a huge impact on them.”

Here’s where Project Thanksgiving comes in. Over the next few weeks, the partnership between CBS12 News and the United Way of Palm Beach County will help raise money and collect food donations so nonprofits and charities like The Pearl Mae Foundation can ensure the families they serve, can enjoy a warm meal this Thanksgiving. There are several ways you can make a difference including by joining a virtual telethon Friday, November 6th from 6:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Just $20 can feed a family of four.

October 1, 2020

Jupiter is dishing out thousands to local nonprofits with CARES Act money

JUPITER — A small slice of the roughly $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package is making its way into town.

Perhaps best known for bankrolling $1,200 checks to U.S. adults, the CARES Act is also responsible for doling out $5 billion in community development block grants to boost resiliency to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government allocated roughly $520,000 to Jupiter over multiple funding rounds. Town officials have already decided to use the first portion, about $179,000, to fund projects by three local non-profit organizations. The three groups are actually slated to receive $274,500 through town-administered grants

Jupiter is sending CARES Act grants to local nonprofits

April 18, 2020

Pearl’s Pantry- delivering FRESH and HEALTHY food to vulnerable seniors

April 8, 2020

A Jupiter nonprofit is buying and delivering food for seniors so they don’t have to

JUPITER — A non-profit already in the business of helping senior citizens in need has hatched a plan to assist them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pearl Mae Foundation, based on Indiantown Road, started a new initiative this week called Pearl’s Pantry. The foundation is dropping off bags filled with one week’s worth of non-perishable foods, fruit, meat and household items to local seniors. Click this

“Being a senior citizen, they’re warning us not to go to the grocery. ... It was lovely to have someone come by,” said Elaine Holtsberg, an 80-year-old Jupiter resident who received veggies, meat and other items for herself and her 93-year-old husband, Jack, this week.


November 4, 2019

‘Bachelorette’ star Tyler Cameron in Tequesta Friday for charity event

Tyler Cameron, the Jupiter native who shot to fame on the recent season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” is back in town this week. He’ll be at an event Friday in nearby Tequesta raising money for the Pearl Mae Foundation.

JUPITER- A Jupiter-based nonprofit expects a big turnout for a fundraiser it’s hosting Friday.

The headlining attraction? Tyler Cameron, the Jupiter native who became a fan favorite on the most recent season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” will be on hand for the Pearl Mae Foundation's Sips for Scholarship event Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Josco Bar and Oven in Tequesta.

“This is going to be pretty big,” said Lauren Sullivan, the foundation’s executive director. “I’m saying, ‘Wine, cheese and Tyler C.’”

May 29, 2019


127 students applied for a scholarship between January 1st and March 31st. 17 new scholarship recipients were chosen, and three past winners had their scholarship renewed for a second year. Students were chosen from local high schools including Jupiter High School, Jupiter Christian School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, surrounding Palm Beach County high schools, and multiple high schools in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Since the launch of the Pearl Mae Foundation in June 2017, the scholarship program has funded $42,120.00 to students dedicating their lives to helping others through the healthcare field.  The Foundation funds the program through private donations and named donor scholarships.

June 1, 2018

Pearl Mae awards $15,000 in tuition scholarships for healthcare education

With the senior population increasing, we believe it is important to invest in the education of students that want to pursue careers in healthcare and the first responder fields, so they make help service the increasing senior population.

Over 80 students applied for a scholarship from the Pearl Mae Foundation between January and March 2018. The Scholarship Committee reviewed every application and narrowed it down to 15 winners receiving $1,000.00 each. The students were chosen based on their academic achievements, community involvement, passion for healthcare, and displaying characteristics that bear resemblance to the “Pearl Mae Philosophy”.

March 15, 2018

Jupiter Christian School Students Provides Relief To Florida Keys Residents After Being Inspired By The Pearl Mae Foundation

Jupiter, FL (March 15th, 2018)- The Pearl Mae Foundation worked in conjunction with Jupiter Christian School to plan a relief trip for high school students to Marathon, Florida.

September 29, 2017

The Pearl Mae Foundation Hosts Hurricane Irma Supplies Distribution Event in Marathon Florida

The faith-based charity helps the local community in time of need.

September 27, 2017

The Pearl Mae Foundation Hosts Hurricane Harvey Relief Event in Rockport Texas

The faith-based charity partners with MCCI Medical Group and Advinity 
to bring together the local community.

July 24, 2017

The Pearl Mae Foundation Awards Two Local Private School Tuition Grants

Jupiter, FL (July 24st, 2017)- The Pearl Mae Foundation has partnered with Jupiter Christian School to award two tuition grants for the 2017-18 academic school year.