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Grant Recipients

The Tom & Kim Ruggie Family Foundation and Ruggie Wealth Management are proud to support a number of organizations in our community including the following:

Combat Veterans to Careers

Combat Veterans to Careers (CVC) was founded in The Villages in May 2012 with the commitment to serve our nation’s combat veterans and their families. Since its inception, the not-for-profit organization has helped more than 25 veteran families in the area with education, employment, housing and wellness.

CVC has partnered with local residents, clubs, businesses, colleges and VA offices to bring combat veterans and their families “home” to a community that embraces them and provides education, understanding and meaningful employment to minimize hardships.

In addition to counseling, housing, career and educational opportunities, they provide veterans with opportunities to deliver services beyond themselves and to transition back into civilian life.

Hoops Scholarship Foundation

Tom and Kim Ruggie and family are proud to support the HOOPS Scholarship Fund – a non-profit 501(c) (3) started in 2011 by former NBA Player & European Champion Pat Burke and his wife Peyton. Since 2011 this Scholarship Fund has affected the lives of children in our area and awarded 286 scholarships. The organization’s mission is to utilize basketball as a vehicle for supporting our community’s youth with life challenges and providing leadership opportunities both on and off the court. HOOPS Life programs and camps introduce young people to important life skills that may help them overcome obstacles, raise self-esteem, and enhance their lives at home and school.  Funds are raised throughout the year by donations.

Leesburg Regional Medical Center Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of Leesburg Regional Medical Center, the LRMC Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, provides opportunities for everyone in our community to be involved in developing the resources of Leesburg Regional Medical Center and to support those who save lives, care for new life, restore health and ensure a healthier future through research.

This philanthropic support of excellence in healthcare enhances the lives of patients, their families, their loved ones and the community. The Tom & Kim Ruggie Family Foundation and Ruggie Wealth Management are proud to support the efforts of the LRMC Foundation.

Nathan Hayes Memorial Scholarship Fund

We have been touched and humbled by your outpouring of generous support for this project which has very special significance to our community and to the Ruggie Family personally. A Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Ruggie Wealth and David Maus in Nathan’s name was a huge success. Whether your contribution was financial, in-kind, emotional or as a volunteer, the Hayes family and Tom and Kim Ruggie and family thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

A special shout-out to the following:

Presenting Sponsors

  • David Maus Automotive & Foundation
  • Ruggie Wealth Management

Gold Sponsors

  • Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
  • Hartford Mutual Funds

Silver Sponsors

  • Malcolm Yawn Photography
  • North American Substation Service, LLC
  • Panera Bread
  • Russell Investments
  • Smallwood Signs
  • PRfect Creative
  • 401K Generation
  • Lunch Sponsor
  • RS Investments

Toys for Tots

Every holiday, Ruggie Wealth staff and friends collect new toys to brighten Christmas and Hanukkah for deserving children and their families.

A Gift for Teaching

A Gift for Teaching connects with the Central Florida community to improve public education by providing resources and surplus materials free to teachers for their students in need. Teachers shop for necessary supplies like books, backpacks, paper, crayons, hygiene items, even new socks and underwear.

Over 60% of students in the tri-county public schools can’t afford lunch, let alone school supplies. These children, the future leaders of our community, show up to school without the tools they need to be successful.

Our support helped:

  • motivate personal and academic growth and success
  • offer a positive, constructive outlet
  • provide a sense of stability
  • nurture creativity
  • develop dreams for the future
  • enrich the lives of our young people

Year round, AGFT is in need of regular supplies like: crayons, pencils, notebooks, glue, although all related items are appreciated. Please bring new/unused items for donation to either of our Ruggie Wealth Management offices.

Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Florida

Ruggie Wealth Management spotlighted its support for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, which creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. Ruggie Wealth offered to match client and employee contributions up to a total of $5000 and with that $5000 contribution to the charity’s Share-A-Night Program, we were able to provide 80 nights of lodging to families of children in need of medical care.

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Treats for Our Troops

The Ruggie Wealth team was joined by people in our community in honoring our men and women serving in the military. Personal items and snacks were gathered for shipment to remote areas where our troops don’t have access to a PX or Commissary (store on base). As you can see from the photo (which shows a few of the items donated), good things do indeed come in small packages. We are proud to honor those who serve our country.

Supportingourtroops

Ruggie Wealth and the Tom & Kim Ruggie Family Foundation also support numerous other charitable organizations including Cornerstone Hospice, Lake Cares Food Pantry, Leesburg Humane Society, and Lighthouse.

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