Photo: Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation at The Bay Park

The Bay Park One-Year Anniversary Celebration

Posted on October 22, 2023 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

We live in a region where the heart of generosity beats vibrantly, and indeed, The Bay Park has been the beneficiary and exemplar of excellent stewardship. Over the last five years, even before anniversary celebrations, generous givers have donated more than $40 million to advance an idea to become a reality for all ages. This does include contributions from each of the major foundations….who like donors, found elements of The Bay Park that aligned with their philanthropic missions. But it is the number of donors that is impressive—more than 2,800!

The Patterson Foundation has offered matches over the last five years, and today I am thrilled to announce that the community has once again triggered another $1 million from us, bringing our investment to $8 million. But there is still one more $1 million on the table, so I encourage you to be part of donating the next $5 million to make that happen.

In the meantime, there is a $40,000 goal in Friends of the Bay giving during this anniversary celebration. Let the heartbeat of giving be vibrant!

It is now my privilege to introduce Heather Kasten, President and CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. With upwards of five years in her leadership role, Heather is accelerating the Chamber as a vital conduit and voice of business, creating bold opportunities and solutions for our community….just like we see at The Bay.

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