Pictured (left to right): GMA Board members Scott Linde, Christopher Ross and John Haugen. Pictured with the check for CASA are (left to right) representatives Shandra Riffey and Mo Venouziou. Pictured with the check for the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund are (left to right) representatives Cailey Klasson, Phyllis Plotnick, Carol Vitelli and Mariah Thurston.
embers of the Board of Directors of the Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) presented checks to representatives of two local non-profit organizations, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, on December 7th
. CASA provides services to women and families who are recovering from abusive environments. The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund provides grants to women in need of health services.
The recipients were among four groups awarded community grants funded with a portion of proceeds from 2015 GMA-sponsored “Gecko events,” including the annual Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Crawl. The GMA offers the community grants each year to non-profit organizations which are located in Gulfport or include Gulfport in their area of service. Grants totaling $7750 have been awarded in 2015.