Community Foundation of the Florida Keys  to Honor Inspirational Partners in Paradise

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) will celebrate community service and giving as it honors this year’s inspirational awardees at the annual Partners in Paradise Celebration on Friday, April 5th. The public is invited to the celebration, which will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Theatre Lobby. Reservations for $25 per person are available at

The 2019 Partners in Paradise recipients are:

  • Outstanding Individuals – Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt: Through their tremendous contributions, including the recent merger of their Tennessee Williams Exhibit with the Florida Keys Art & Historical Society, these two exemplary businessmen, community leaders, philanthropists, volunteers and humanitarians are changing lives. As members of CFFK’s Legacy Society, their planned gifts will impact the future of the Keys for generations.
  • Outstanding Business – Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel: One of the highest rated hotels in the Florida Keys, Marriott Beachside is a generous corporate community partner working to improve quality of life. Through its innovative guest donor program, the resort hotel is a model for other visitor-related businesses to support our nonprofits and improve our island paradise for the future.
  • Outstanding Community Service – Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys: One of the nonprofits leading the way in actively addressing the critical need for affordable housing, Habitat has completed and sold 10 affordable new homes to low-income working families on Big Coppitt Key post-Hurricane Irma, completed major hurricane home repairs in the hard-hit Lower Keys, and added affordable rental units. This nonprofit is not only bringing people together to build homes and communities in the Lower Keys, it is also providing hope and inspiration to families.

“These recipients exemplify what individuals, businesses, and nonprofits are doing every day to change the future of our Keys community,” says Ron Burd, Chair of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. “Partners in Paradise celebrates local giving, community service, and the tremendous and generous work being done throughout the entire Keys.”

More information on the recipients and the event is available at

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