SUNRISE, Fla. - As part of their continued commitment to improving the local community, the Florida Panthers Foundation Community Champions Grant Program, presented by Moss Construction and the Moss Foundation, awarded $25,000 to ARC Broward on Tuesday night.
Since 1956, ARC Broward has worked hand-in-hand with the community to provide encouragement and opportunities for people with disabilities and other life challenges, making it possible for them to live, learn, work and play.
"We're thrilled with the commitment that the Panthers have made to Broward County," ARC Broward President and CEO Dennis Haas said. "We hope that we can be a part of making this partnership successful for everyone involved."
ARC Broward operates at 10 locations and provides 21 programs throughout Broward County, including ARC Broward's "mission-based" enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals served while generating revenue to help fund services.
"We're a part of the Panther family forever," Haas said, "and they're a part of ours."
As a nonprofit organization, ARC Broward relies heavily on grants and individual and corporate contributions, such as the Community Champions Grant Program, to make sure that everyone, from toddlers to seniors, can live full and rewarding lives.
"The organization depends on raising money from individuals and the community tremendously," said Haas, who was one of roughly 120 ARC Broward guests invited to watch the Panthers battle the Boston Bruins. "To have this kind of opportunity with the Panthers, it's great to be recognized for what we do.
"In addition to the dollars, which of course are paramount and keep the lights on, we've been talking a lot tonight with Panthers staff members about all of the other ways that folks in the organization will be able to reach out with us."
The majority of the $25,000 donation, Haas says, will be put toward the construction of a "therapeutic" playground less than a mile away from the Panthers' arena, the BB&T Center.
"It's something that really allows kids to be outdoors," he said of the project. "We have to raise a little bit more to complete it, but it's fantastic."
If you know any organization that would be interested in applying for the grant this season, please visit https://www.nhl.com/panthers/community/grantapplication to learn more.