THIS IS A GAME CHANGER
In December 2019, the new and improved Morton & Barbara Mandel Recreation Center opened to serve the community of Palm Beach.
The Mandel Rec Center improvements were made possible through a two-year fundraising campaign spearheaded by Friends of Recreation Inc., a generous donation by the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation, and the Town of Palm Beach.
It now serves as a center of community activity with a new playground, fieldhouse, 1,700 square foot fitness center, soccer/lacrosse field and activity rooms. The Smith Family Fieldhouse is abuzz with activities seven days a week with group fitness classes, pickleball fields, pick-up basketball, youth basketball, gymnastics and tumbling programs.
To preserve the long-term viability of the Mandel Rec Center, Friends of Recreation will professionally manage an endowment fund aimed to improve programming and bring the center to a break-even level. A special thank you to the Mandel Foundation for its generous contribution of $240,000 towards our $1 million goal.
LEAVE A LEGACY
THROUGH OUR ENDOWMENT CAMPAIGN
AT THE MANDEL REC CENTER
“I believe it’s the right thing to do for the town; to revitalize the heart, the very center of our community; to encourage families and young people to continue to move here; and to energize the town.”
“It’s very important to have a sense of place for our residents to go. … It’s beautiful.”
PLAY IT FORWARD
The funding for the new Rec Center will come from three sources. One-third of the cost has been graciously donated by the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation. An additional one-third will be matched by the Friends of Recreation, and the final one-third will be from the Town of Palm Beach. Once the new center opens, the sale of daily, seasonal and annual passes will boost the center’s bottom line and improve the recreation department’s balance sheet compared to how it looks today. Naming opportunities are also available.
Please contact PalmBeachFOR@gmail.com
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A SOLID GAME PLAN IS GOOD BUSINESS
The new facility will not only benefit the community’s residents, but it will also improve the Town of Palm Beach’s economic picture. Friends of Recreation engaged Ballard*King & Associates to produce an operations analysis of the new center. Please review the business plan.
THANK YOU FOR CHEERING US ON!
FRIENDS OF RECREATION MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Matthew Smith – Chairman
Michael Ainslie – Vice Chairman
Darlene Jordan – Vice Chairman
Michael Kluger | Alicia Mullen | Robert Simses | Steve Smith | Suzanne Ainslie | Cody Crowell | Kimberly Goodwin | Kelly Grace | Jason Kalisman | Jim Mccann | Todd Peter | Gary Pohrer | John Preston | Lesly Smith | Chris Storkerson
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