MicheLee Puppets gets grant

Here’s a good-news story from the Dr. Phillips Charities, which have awarded a $26,000 grant to MicheLee Puppets:

Local children dealing with domestic violence will soon have a new way to cope thanks to a $26,000 grant by Dr. Phillips Charities to help MicheLee Puppets Inc. launch a puppet show about domestic violence prevention and intervention in partnership with Harbor House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Part of more than $1.7 million in new grants and pledges announced in January by Dr. Phillips Charities (The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips Inc.), this grant will assist MicheLee Puppets in its mission to empower lives through the art of puppetry.  The funds from Dr. Phillips Charities will give the local nonprofit the resources to reach children suffering from domestic violence through a new performance titled “Little Heroes.”

“For child victims of domestic violence, puppets are a safe medium for working through emotional trauma and fostering the healing process.  We are thrilled about the support from Dr. Phillips Charities because we would not have been able to launch our program without this grant,” said Tracey Connor, MicheLee executive director.  “We will be presenting Little Heroes in schools and in after-school programs to teach children how to be safe in the midst of family violence and how to get help.  We are also providing puppetry workshops for the children staying at the Harbor House shelter.”

The program will cover numerous troubling issues that children face daily, such as bullying, respect for self and others, and sexual assault.

Other grants from Dr. Phillips Charities awarded during January included:

  • Central Florida YMCA:  $585,000 to be designated by Dr. Phillips Charities for future Central Florida YMCA capital projects.
  • Orlando Health Inc.:  $500,000 toward a multi-year pledge of $5 million to be designated for future capital projects.
  • University of Central Florida Foundation Inc.:  $300,000 to complete a multi-year pledge of $1.5 million toward the establishment of a medical school and training of practicing physicians at the University of Central Florida.
  • Life Concepts Inc. (Quest Inc.):  $243,372 for a new Project SEARCH program to provide career exploration and training opportunities to Orange County Public School students with disabilities aged 18-22.
  • The Ivanhoe Foundation Inc.:  $32,880 made through United Arts of Central Florida to complete the replacement of the HVAC system and roof in the Lake Ivanhoe facility, which houses the Orlando Ballet.
  • Orlando Day Nursery Association:  $30,326 to research and purchase an enhanced curriculum needed to meet State of Florida certification requirements and to train staff in its use.
  • The Salvation Army:  $25,000 for the 2009 holiday campaign to help support outreach efforts to needy children and families in Central Florida.

With nearly $13.5 million in grants made in fiscal 2009 to Central Florida nonprofits, Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) continues to respond to the needs of the Central Florida community by directly touching the lives of tens of thousands of children and families each year.

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