Who are the backers of this effort? Who is “The Village Club & Preserve”?
The Village Club & Preserve is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, registered in the state of Florida. Its four directors are Krista Singleton (president), Dave Webb (vice president), Mark Mistarz (treasurer), and Sue Andersen (secretary), local residents of the West Villages and Crane Creek. The Village Club & Preserve received their 501(c)3 tax-exempt determination letter from the IRS in September 2018. We have four mission focused areas that will provide programming on the property, once it is restored--centered on athletics, education, partnership with other local non-profits, and providing membership opportunities for others to enjoy our grounds.
Who manages The Village Club & Preserve (VCP)?
The volunteer board of directors, along with professionals in pool restoration, construction, and landscaping, will direct the efforts of rebuilding on the property. Our community is rich with talent and many have already stepped forward to offer their expertise. The subsequent programming and planning will be directed by VCP volunteers, along with an on-site manager.
Who will be able to access The Village Club & Preserve property?
Our “Friends of the Village” (pledging members) will have access to the grounds and facilities and have full-view to any calendar of events and/or lessons. As we grow and develop, we hope our Friends of the Village will be inspired to help plant community gardens, plan community events, develop an educational speaker series, and further enrich our mission with their talents and gifts.
Beyond our pledging members, our programming early on will focus on swim and tennis lessons for local youth, which we foresee serving children in the Treasure Coast community. We are partnering with Pat Toner/H20 Kids, a respected local swim school, with an established $10,000 scholarship fund to offset the costs for families who would not otherwise be able to afford lessons. We also plan to offer affordable tennis instruction during the week, as well as a summer art, tennis, and swim camp for kids.
Will my donation be tax deductible?
We are a Florida non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
What will the property look like? What amenities will it have?
We plan to focus first on securing the property with a perimeter fence, restoring the aquatic complex, building a 2,250 sq/ft Community Building (bathrooms, a central gathering room, and a warming kitchen), a 1,600 sq/ft open-air pavilion (The Grace Pavilion), restoring pickleball (four marked courts), and completing the fitness trail. From there, we will work on improvements and projects as our budget allows. The Grand Opening is slated for Summer 2019.
Who can make donations and become a member?
Residents of the West Villages and Crane Creek, as well as the surrounding Treasure Coast community, are able to become members by making a one-time capital campaign donation and pledging ongoing dues of $40/month. See "How to Give" for more detail.