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BallenIsles Members Celebrate $35 Million Clubhouse Grand Opening with Roaring 20's Great Gatsby-style Speakeasy Soiree 


A Roaring 20's style Speakeasy Soiree that would have been the envy of the Great Gatsby, marked the delightful grand reopening celebrations for the newly redesigned $35 million BallenIsles Clubhouse. 

A Roaring 20's style Speakeasy Soiree that would have been the envy of the Great Gatsby, marked the delightful grand reopening celebrations for the newly redesigned $35 million BallenIsles Clubhouse.  

A Dedication Ceremony that unveiled a bronze plaque commemorating the Club's official ribbon cutting ceremony, led the evening's festivities on Saturday, January 19, 2019. BallenIsles General Manager Ryan Walls paid special tribute to the Members who had contributed as volunteers to the success of the project, presenting each with a framed memento – an exterior photograph of the BallenIsles Clubhouse, taken from the vantage of its famed East Course. Special recognition was given to Hedrick Brothers Construction for their contributions to the success of the construction project.

"Your contributions to the success of this renovation are deeply appreciated. It gives me great pleasure to present you with this small token of appreciation. Your efforts have helped continue the legacy of BallenIsles as a modern masterpiece which members will enjoy for many years to come," Mr. Walls said.

Some 400 club members arriving for the Grand Reopening Gala could present a secret password for entry which set the tone for the evening's speakeasy flair. Guests were greeted upon arrival in the themed decorated grand lobby by staff with an offering of wine and champagne. A decadent Dessert and Champagne Lounge, a Bourbon Jazz Lounge, Food stations served by the Club's expanded new kitchens, plus live entertainment from a variety of performers - the tribute band Entourage, Carl Padilla – a one-man band, and even Dueling Pianos, highlighted the evening's celebrations.

Members were also greeted by the expansive architectural redesign of the BallenIsles clubhouse. From the spectacular Grand Lobby with vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows, to the iconic Harry's Lounge, in tribute to its well-storied PGA Professional Harry Pezzullo, the sweeping architectural changes maximize both indoor and outdoor usage and views. Wide-ranging amenities include six dining venues, Harry's Lounge, Bistro 105, the Cabana, an expanded Circle 100 Main Dining Room, a new and modern upscale restaurant called Evolution, and the spectacular addition of The BallenIsles Grille overlooking the 18th green of the East Course. Fondly dubbed The B.I.G, it features a blend of gastropub cuisine and 18 TVs for never missing the game. Harry's Lounge has also been expanded along with an additional 9,000 square feet of outdoor verandas for dining, relaxing and spending time with friends on the Grand and Golf Terraces. Other additions include two new kitchens and extension of the stylish Men's and Ladies Card Rooms, Locker Rooms and Meeting Rooms.  Expanded to 115,000 square feet, the BallenIsles clubhouse has been redesigned to capture vistas of BallenIsles' famed East Course where Jack Nicklaus and many other golf legends competed for major championships. The Club boasts three championship courses with 54 holes of golf, and a world-class 22-court tennis/pickleball complex, complete with an exhibition tennis court and stadium seating. BallenIsles has also heralded a new standard of wellness and fitness with its $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club's extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. As a Distinguished Club, BallenIsles is renowned for its superb level of service.  For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org

BallenIsles Members Greenlight $7.4 Million South Golf Course Renovation 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of BallenIsles Country Club opening their new, highly regarded 115,000 sq. ft. clubhouse to much fanfare, the membership has voted in favor to approve a $7.4 million-dollar-renovation of their South Golf Course.

Following the overwhelming Member vote, noted golf architect Rees Jones is scheduled to begin the BallenIsles South Golf Course renovation in April. The project will be completed around September 2019 and ready for play in December 2019.

"This is a significant statement by our membership and community, to enter into this project immediately following the opening of our new clubhouse and continues our trajectory of being the preferred residential community in the Palm Beaches. Having three world-class golf courses helps us further cement our position as a market leader and the preferred choice for people to call home. The South Course for the past 50 years has been a favorite with our membership and it was time for us to refresh this outstanding layout," said BallenIsles General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Walls.

"We're delighted that our members have given their unequivocal approval for the South Golf Course renovation. The renovation and re-design envisioned by Rees Jonesenhances playability for all levels of players. Rees is known for his ability to challenge the good golfers while giving those who wish for a less stressful way around the course, another option," added Club President Michael Muntner. "The majority vote for the project is the culmination of an evaluation process, initiated and overseen by the Club's Board of Directors that included independent focus groups and workshops, led by construction, finance and design committees."

"Few country clubs offer their members such a historic connection to golf and we're looking forward to beginning the renovation that will continue to uphold the rich legacy of BallenIsles," Golf Architect Rees Jones said.

The renovation will include a full tee to green re-design including all tees, greens, grassing, bunkering and architectural changes. The core playing corridors and original Joe Lee layout will remain mostly unchanged, but the Rees Jones Design will make this a modern masterpiece. "I cannot wait for our members to experience the final product. With our historic East Course and recently renovated North Course, I can't think of where you will find three better courses each with distinct differences in appeal and playability. This is truly a milestone and exciting time for our club. The enthusiasm from prospective residents and members has exploded following the opening our new clubhouse and the project will only further enhance the level of excitement around our community," added Walls.  "When completed, BallenIsles will be home to three modern-day renovated golf courses of championship quality, in addition to 180,000 sq. ft. of social space between the Sports Complex and new Clubhouse, a top rated 22-court racquet and swim facility, state-of-the-art fitness center, practice facility, six dining venues, a spa and salon and all the comforts of home any member would need. We are truly one of the leading residential clubs and communities in the country."

About BallenIsles Country Club
As a Distinguished Club, BallenIsles Country Club is renowned for its superb level of service and quality amenities offered to its members. The BallenIsles community, with 32 distinct neighborhoods, nestled among lakes, parks and mature tropical landscaping located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, is home to more than 1400 families. The award-winning club has three 18-hole championship golf courses, including its famed East Course where Jack Nicklaus and other golf legends competed in more than 10 golf championships. In November of 2018 BallenIsles opened the doors to their new luxury clubhouse featuring 4 dining venues and over 115,000 sq. ft. of space. It also boasts a world-class 22-court tennis complex, complete with an exhibition tennis court with stadium seating and two Pickleball courts. BallenIsles has also heralded a new standard of wellness and fitness with its $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex in 2010 that is testimony to the Club's extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org

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BallenIsles Charities Foundation "Grants in Action" - New Student Reading Room 

Students, parents, staff and guests of Palmetto Elementary School gathered April 19 for a dedication ceremony to open a new Carson Reading Room.


Students, parents, staff and guests of Palmetto Elementary School gathered April 19 for a dedication ceremony to open a new Carson Reading Room. It was made possible by a Financial Grant from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation. 

In welcome remarks, Palmetto Principal Mrs. Gladys E. Harris, paid tribute to the generosity of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation and to the memory of late BallenIsles Member Richard Myers, who had served on the boards of both the Foundation and the Carson Scholars Fund.

"We are grateful to BallenIsles Charities and the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund for helping us cultivate life-long learners through the power of reading." Principal Harris said.

The opening ceremony featured heart warming performances, including the Palmetto Safety Patrol Flag ROTC's "Pledge of Allegiance," 1st grade student, Mia Marquez's moving rendition of "Stand," "Believe" by the Palmetto Panther Chorus, "Thinking Big!" by 5th grade student Heather Fortner, a Video Message from Dr. Ben Carson, "What a Wonderful World" by Mrs. Small's 4th grade class and a motivational speech by a former Palmetto Student, now attending high school, Katie Matos.

Inspirational thoughts were also shared by BallenIsles Charities President Mark Freeman, BallenIsles Member Joan Meyers, who recalled her late husband's charitable work and rousing closing remarks from Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of Dr. Ben Carson.

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation's Grant to the Carson Scholars Fund is one of forty-six grants, totaling a record $575,000 awarded this year. Since its formation by BallenIsles residents, more than $2.3 million have been awarded in financial grants to local non-profits and civic organizations.

BallenIsles Charities Foundation Sets Another Fundraising Record -- Awarding More than Half-a-Million Dollars in Financial Grants to Local Charities

BallenIsles Charity Foundation Sets Another Fundraising Record

BallenIsles Charities Foundation (BICF), the Palm Beach Gardens nonprofit organization with a mission of "Making a Difference" in the community, has awarded a record $575,000 in Financial Grants to local non-profits and civic organizations.

The record-setting amount brings the cumulative grants awarded by the Foundation to more than $2.3 million over the 7 years since its formation by members and residents of BallenIsles. 

BallenIsles Charities Foundation sets another fundraising record – awarding more than Half-a-Million Dollars in Financial Grants to local charities. Pictured: Alzheimers Community Cares-Jonathan Price, VP Grants, Dianne Bruce, Director of Grants with BICF President Mark Freeman (center). Bob Anton, Chair of the BICF Grants Committee stands at Podium. The BallenIsles Charities Foundation Grant provides funding for Alzheimers Community Cares Family Nurse Program.

"The record funds raised are a credit to the generosity of BallenIsles members and residents, the tireless contributions of all our volunteers and the terrific local businesses and Corporate Sponsors that support the Foundation's mission of "Making a Difference" in our local community," BallenIsles Charities Foundation President Mark Freeman said.

Speaking during the Foundation's 2018 Grants Awards Ceremony at BallenIsles Country Club, Mr. Freeman said: "The overwhelming support of our residents and our Corporate Sponsors, along with the assistance we received from the management of the Country Club, the Community Association and our dedicated volunteers has enabled us to make this our most successful campaign."

The following Forty-five deserving organizations were carefully vetted and selected to receive financial grants as the 2018 Designated Beneficiaries of the BallenIsles Charities Foundation:

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC. 
Provides school readiness kits for homeless children; Also grocery and gas gift cards for homeless families in emergency shelters

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Provides current books for grades K thru 2 in a "Growing Readers Program"

ALZHEIMERS COMMUNITY CARE 
Provides funding for ACC's Family Nurse Consultant Program

BACK TO BASICS
Provides school uniforms for underprivileged children

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.
Provides funding to maintain and enhance the Clubs' STEMulated Minds Program

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Provides interpretive signage of Florida's wild flora and fauna

CARIDAD CENTER, INC.
Provides pediatric dental care for uninsured and underserved children

CARSON SCHOLARS FUND
Provides a Carson Reading Room in an elementary school

CENTER FOR TRAUMA COUNSELING
Provides for child and adolescent therapy

CHILDNET
Provides funding for children brought into the foster care system

CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Provides funding for mothers and babies in the Transitions Home Program

CLINICS CAN HELP
Provides funding for the purchase of durable equipment for disabled children

FEED THE HUNGRY
Provides funding for a food program serving over 1,400 impoverished families

FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES
Provides funding for the First Tee after-school program

FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN
Provides funding for a Kinship Connections Program which provides guidance for grandparents and relatives of children in foster care

GRANDMA'S PLACE 
Provides care for children removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse

H.A.C.E.R. MINISTRY CORP. 
Provides nutritious food to 350 low income children and families

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.
Provides funding for the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC.
Provides funding for Basics4Babies, an emergency pantry for infants

HOMESAFE
Provides funding for bedroom furniture at the Specialized Therapeutic Group Care home

INLET GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Provides funding for an after-school tutoring program in core content subjects

JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC.
Provides funding for "GOTTA GET A BIKE" after-school and summer programs

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH
Provides funding for the Peer Support Program for mental health

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION
Provides funding for the Kids' community closet/ weekend pantry program

PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK
Provides funding for a 8-week weekend meals program for children and their families

PALM BEACH GARDENS CITY HALL 
Provides funding for the BallenIsles Performance Series at Veteran Plaza

PALM BEACH GARDENS FIRE RESCUE
Provides funding for Fall Prevention classes for senior citizens

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DEPT.
Provides funding for a portable fingerprint and photo system

PALM BEACH HARVEST
Provides funding a program that rescues surplus food to feed the needy

PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Provides funding for first generation in college scholarship program

PAWS 4 LIBERTY
Provides funding for the Train Your Own Dog Program for veterans

PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY SUPPORT TEAM, INC. (POST)
Provides funding of the Butterfly Program which counsels children afflicted with cancer

QUANTUM HOUSE
Provides funding for the Family Pantry Program

THE LEARNING ACADEMY AT ELS CENTER
Provides funding to expand the Physical Education Program

RENAISSANCE LEARNING CENTER
Provides funding to purchase research-based education curriculum for K-8th grade students

SUNCOAST HIGH SCHOOL
Provides funding for MacBook Pro computers for incorporating art in technology

SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE PALM BEACHES
Provides refurbished and new school musical instruments to low income or homeless children

TEAM FIRST-PAL
Provides funding for a 40-week after school program

THE ARC OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
Provides funding for the Potentials Charter School music and art therapy program

THE CHILDREN'S HEALING INSTITUTE
Provides funding for the TEACUP Preemie Baby Bungalow diaper project

THE JACOB S. ZWEIG FOUNDATION 
Provides new or refurbished shoes to children in need

THE LORD'S PLACE
Provides funding for the Family Campus

URBAN YOUTH IMPACT
Provides funding for the Leadership Academy after-school program for at-risk children

WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Provides funding for additional technology and software for students

WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND
Provides funding to support Emergency Financial Relief for Veterans and their families

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, www.BallenIslesCharitiesFoundation.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of "Making a Difference" in the community. It renders financial and in-kind support to area organizations providing civic, educational programs, health and human services and support for the environment.

About BallenIsles Country Club

Consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America, BallenIsles Country Club is renowned for its superb level of service. It will soon feature a newly-renovated 114,900 square foot clubhouse and a 62,000 square foot sports complex with a spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools. The award-winning club has three 18-hole championship golf courses, including its famed East Course where Jack Nicklaus and many other golf legends originally qualified for the PGA Tour. Managed by Troon Privé, BallenIsles is a fully private, member-owned club with an array of best-in-class amenities. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.       

BallenIsles Tops Its Charity Fundraising Record

BallenIsles tops its charity fundraising recordBallenIsles Charities Foundation has raised $500,000 that it will present Feb. 28 in grants to 42 charities in West Palm Beach and throughout the county.

The amount, a record for the volunteer, nonprofit effort based in Palm Beach Gardens, brings the cumulative grants awarded by the foundation to more than $1.7 million over the six years since its formation.

The 2017 beneficiaries include:

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.

Provides homeless students with school clothes, supplies, hygiene items.

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Provides popular and favorite author series and series books to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.

ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE

Provides I.D. Locator Services for a Nurse Consultant to train and counsel care givers of patients.

BACK TO BASICS

Provides sets of school clothes to needy children.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides children with educational material for the already successful robotics program.

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Provides funding for a large animal transit trailer and mobile disaster command unit.

CARIDAD CENTER, INC.

Provides dental visits to children of the working poor.

CARSON SCHOLARS FUND

Provides funding for a reading room in an elementary school.

CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING

Provides for a therapist for children in need before moving to foster care or other safe venues.

CHILDNET

Provides funding for daily operational expenses of food, hygiene items, stuffed animal for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

Provides for mother and baby in the Transitions Home program.

CLINICS CAN HELP

Provides new pediatric adaptive wheelchairs to children with special needs.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Provides meals to the hungry.

FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES

Provides program funding for those with special needs, disabilities and kids from low income families.

GRANDMA’S PLACE

Provides care for children removed from their homes due to neglet or abuse

GRATITUDE HOUSE

Provides treatment for mother and her baby

H.A.C.E.R. MINISTRY CORP.

Provides families with 15-16 lbs. of food twice per month and supports the Thanksgiving Project.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides funding for The Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School to Build 1 Home.

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC.

Provides Babies with infant packs containing diapers, baby formula, baby food, bottle, and spoon.

INLET GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Provides licenses to access computer program reading material.

JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC.

Provides supplies needed to repair the bikes as well as bike helmets, bike chains and locks.

KIDSAFE FOUNDATION

Provides in school classes teaching children about abuse and personal safety.

MCCARTHY’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, INC.

Provides for the funding of a new van used to transport animals.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION

Provides for a Kids Closet stocked with school clothing for a Title One School.

PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK

Provides food for the weekend to children and their families for nine weeks.