May 2024

Dear friends, neighbors, and fellow members,

Our fourth fiscal year of operations as a 501(c) 3 approved charity has ended and we would like to report on our progress and plans going forward.

This past year we have continued to increase our scope of assistance to SGCC staff. We had 38 scholars during the Fall semester and a total of 56 semesters for the year. We averaged scholarship payments of $1,794 per scholar semester. The generosity of the members has been wonderful, and we receive many comments about how happy they are to donate to something so worthwhile, yet so close to home. Thank you!

Our website contains details of our programs, history, aspirations, and ways to help. Please visit, to learn more.

Our Mission

“The Sawgrass Foundation is dedicated to the support of SGCC staff and their families to include educational stipends, crisis relief assistance, and other charitable opportunities to help SGCC employees.”

Our Board

We are nine volunteers who have endeavored to build and operate this Foundation. We are a working Board with primary roles, but we all pitch in to make our events and outreach a success. We also have several volunteer advisors that help with specific issues. Please ask any of us about the purpose, plans, and needs. We all believe in our mission and feel it is truly helping some of the wonderful staff who all do so much for us.

Tom Petersen – President
Peter Morgan – Vice President
Salina Harkleroad – Treasurer
Cathy Wichert – Scholarships
Ann Galanis – Fundraising
Becky Dykstra – Hardship cases
Lynnette Wuebben – Events and New Initiatives
Ana Leaird – Website & Communications
John Brantley – Accounting & Tax

Advisors and past Board members:
William Palmer
Randy Nader
Ed Collins
Ken Schulz
Brian Rendzio

Going Forward

In 2024 we plan to continue to expand our educational support and hardship assistance to our staff in need. We encourage you all to continue your input of ideas, comments, questions, and support. You are the ones that make this all possible. Thank you!!

In the appendix to this report, you will find the financial report on how much we raised and how it has been used. Also in the appendix is a list of all our generous donors who have contributed during 2023.


Sawgrass Foundation,Inc., Board of Directors

Interesting Numbers

There were 351 unique donors in 2023.

More than 140 donors gave more than once in 2023.

Contributions funded 56 semesters of tuition in 2023, a 47% increase over 2022.

The committee funded one hardship case in 2023, after funding eight in 2022.

Financial Overview

Donors: $1000 or more

James Babcock
Ron and Carol Ballschiede
Stephen Bristow
Maria and Jeff Concannon
Lynn and Dick Dickinson
William Dowd
Susan and Joe Downes
Andy and Becky Dykstra
Jerry and Frankie Felty
Paul and Victoria Ferber
Peter and Ann Galanis
Karla Gillette
Tom and Sam Harkleroad
Jim and Terry Heard

Martin Janowiecki
Rob Kearney
Charles and Nancy Killeen
John and Grace Kinsella
Mike and Patti Koizim
Marc and Dee Koutoufaris
Bill and Barbara Maletz
Sylvia and Mark McCall
James McClave
John & Cat Militante
Byron Miller
Marion Minton
Pete and Anne Morgan

Randy Nader
Robert Paladino
Tom and Lis Petersen
Diane and Richard Price
Stan and Beverley Roman
Fred Seely
Fritz and Helen Skeen/Morse
Paul and Reagan Strasser/Roberts
John and Cindy Walls
Cathy Wichert
Camilla and Chuck Wodehouse
Anthony and Lynnette Wuebben
Carol Zoeller
Tucker and Martha Hogan

Donors: $500-$999

Tom and Karen Aaro
Mark and Isabelle Alexander
Stephen and Gretchen Bates
Chris and Patti Burden
Glenn and Liz DeBlock
Drew Devine
Bill and Catherine Edge
Kristen Ely
Bob and Paula Fairley
Ray Fitzgerald
Jaime Frias
Jones Gelila

Terence Goodall
John Griffey
Robert Hardman
Dale and Karen Hawk
Jim and Marilyn Hoener
Chris and Jeff Hunt
Suzanne Maxson
William and Nancy McPherson
Susan Merrill
John Murphy
James A. Perks
John Reed

Will Reitsma
Bruce and Lois Schwinger
Helen Short
Cynthia Smith
David Smith
Michael Spector
David & Meredith Thacker
Gail Werneburg
Debra and Hugh Williams
Joel and Janet Williamson
Dan and Donna Yadon

Donors: Up to $500

Andy Abate
Ron Abel
Michael Adams
Clifford Allen
Eric Anderson
Barbara Ardell
Trish and Joe Arnett
David Atteberry
Andrew Bair
Murray and Elise Beard
Bill & Beverley Beasley
Beth Bechtel
Ruffin Beckwith
Greg and Helen Beedy
Alanna Berger
John and Lisa Berlin
Grethen Binard
Carole Blaine
John Brady
Connie Brennan
Vivianne Briggs
Christian Brooks
Eddie Brooks
Peg Brown
Richard Brown
Tom Browne
Shirley Budden
William Bugbee
Celeste and Ken Burns
Alexander Byrd
Christopher Byrd
Pat Callahan
Lorrayne Carless
Brian Carmelengo
Larry Carpenter
Chris and Jeanne Carter
Susan Case
Dan and Vicki Cavey
Frank Cervone
John Coban
Andrew Cohen
Patrick Colbert
Phil Comella
Diane Conover
Paul Corbett
Jim and Roseanne Corrigan
Christine Costello
Dan Costello
Natalie and Tom Costello
Susan Cruickshank
Michelle Cummings
Lee D’Agostino
Lauren Daly
Don Daniels
Brittany Darling
Joe & Jessica Davis
Charles DePrycker
Joann DesMarais
Jack DeVries
Laura Dillingham
Terry Dixon
Derek and Laura Dobbs
Rick & Marlene Domini
Patricia Doolittle
James Dowdee
George Dragonetti
Jane Edelman
LeRoy Edwards
Lolly Ekdahl
Roger Elsas
Craig Eyster
Sandra Eyster
Kevin and Cynthia Feeley
Darrin Ferguson
Donna Fiedorowicz
Linda Filer
Maggie Finch
John Foulk
Steve and Marie Frankiewicz
Meredith Frisch
Joe Gaetano
Vincent Gagliardi
John Gallishaw
Harlan and Donna Gardiner
Vickey Gates
Jack Gausnell
Richard Gazlay
Dana Gillie
Joseph Gillis
Bruce Glassick

Dan Glod
Thomas Grabeman
Sara Gravelle
Phil Greer
Lisa Gruleman
Joan and Rob Grune
Mark Gummerman
Charles Hamrick
Charles Hamrick
Matt Hanson
Kevin and Michelle Harried
James Hart
Stacy Hauseman
Martha Hayes
Al Hedlund
Scott Hendrickson
Sherill Herzfeld
Horton Hickerson
Kevin and Barbara Hill
Robert Horine
Matt Humphrey
Allison Hunter
Arthur Hurwitz
Julie Hutchinson
Pat and Michelle Iossa
Michael and Diane Jay
Stephen Jennings
Walter Jewett
Cynthia Johnson
Richard Johnson
Todd Johnson
Jon Karnofsky
Peter Karpen
Vincent Kellaher
Larry and Linda Kelly
Richard Ketler
Leedom and Laura Kettell
Robin Kettlewell
Mary Kirk
Susan Klein
Lin Knapp
Bob Knarr
Keegan Knarr
Diane and Daniel Krapf
Ronald Krogh
Robert Labenski
Mary Lahey
David Laird
Erik Larsen
Helene and Jerry Lazarus
David and Nancy Lea
Denise Levitch
Brad Long
Bob and Luann Long
Abe and Suzan Lopman
Gary and Sherri Lubin
Dr. Jodi Aragona Lukacsa
Doug & Mindy Lytle
Gail and Bill Macneill
Barbara Maple
Bill Marshall
John Mason
John Mauriello
Ann Maxwell
James May
Donald Mayer
William Maywood
Scott McGuire
Matthew McLaughlin
Heidi McLeod
Ted McNaught
Elizabeth Meister
Tom Menker
Eileen Miele
Bradley Miller
Zach Miller
Fran Mirmina
Margaret Monteith
Danny Montgomery
Charles and Judith Moore
Michael and Carol Morgan
Curtis and Linda Mracek
Barbara Mulcahy
Pamela Murray
Bill Newton
Colleen & John Norris
Michael O’Malley
Harold O’Steen
Robert Ohno
Chad Oliva

Mary Ann and Mike Orenchuk
Daniel Ostfeld
William and Beaumont Palmer
Robert Partenheimer
John Pauley
Autumn Peterson
Chuck and Pat Peterson
Irene Phelps
Scott Phillips
Kerry Pitcher
Ryan Player
Joseph Pontecorvo
Shanel & Luis Pontigo
Liliana Potenza
Gregory Powell
Jane Powell
Richard Rapp
Ingela Robinson
Richard Robyn
Paul Rose
Mary Ann Ross
Cal Roth
Murray and Deana Ruffell
Mark Ryan
Henry and Alice Scanlon
Kristen Schupak
Lynne Scielzo
Rick and Lisa Setian
Michael Shields
Dorothy Shipley
Craig Shoffit
Colleen Silvoy
Robert and Shirley Sleeker
Christopher Sloan
Charles Smith
Lee Smith
Lonnie Smith
Matthew Smith
Jeff and Linda Sole
Alicia Sprecher
Jim and Sandy Starkman
Butler Strain
Julie and Bob Sturm
Jack & Patricia Sullivan
Jim Sutton
Stacy and Russell Sutton
William Swerbenski
Dave Szklinski
David Talarico
David Tarbell
Kimberley and Breck Taylor
Brad Tepper
Matt Terek
Aisling & Tyler Toby
Tom and Pam Tomlin
Alby Toto
Tina Townsend
Linda and Pete Tuggle
Bob and Kathy Unger
Fred and Kathy Vanderbilt
Ora Vella
Anne-Marie and Sal Vespa
David Vigil
Kathleen & Robert Vigue
John Wagener
Jon Walker
Erin Walsh
Conan & Susan Ward
Robert Weatherly
Melissa Weaver
Nancy Webster
Charles Weed
Jonathan Wentworth-Ping
Jennifer Werba
Mary Whidby
Burl White
Michael Wicks
Lisa Williamson
Wendy Witten
Tim Worstell
Brian Wright
Steve Wyand
Martin Wyeth
Paul Young
Nicholas Zagaria
Richard Zborowski
David Zuchowski
Charlotte Zuschlag