The Heights Foundation Receives Grant from Foulds Foundation

The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to The Heights Foundation to purchase lighting equipment for the performing arts hall at The Heights Center.

The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to The Heights Foundation to purchase lighting equipment for the performing arts hall at The Heights Center.

"One of the goals of The Heights Foundation is to foster the benefits of consistent, inclusive access to the expressive and cultural arts," said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. "Our performing arts hall makes it possible for residents of Harlem Heights and the community at large to participate in dance, drama, music classes and performances. In addition we provide accessible, affordable performance and rehearsal spaces for groups—especially valuable to smaller, startup, and experimental groups. We are grateful for the Foulds Foundation's generous support."

The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation was established in 1981 by the late Ned and Claiborne Foster Foulds, who moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Ned Foulds was a graduate of Harvard University and retired as a junior executive of the Airtemp Division of the Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star during the 1930s known under her maiden name of Claiborne Foster and starred in more than 20 plays. In recognition of their achievements, Mr. and Mrs. Foulds left their estate in trust to be administered in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes.

The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center's mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.

About The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center: The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center's mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.


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