Jacobs family gives back to Wellington kids


The children of Wellington resident and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs have lived much of their lives in the Northeast, but they have a soft spot for South Florida.

They associate Wellington with family, spending all the major holidays at the farm on Pierson Road since the mid-1970s, Louis Jacobs said.

“Wellington is very much a second home to us,” he said.

That’s why they’re so excited that they recently completed the first round of grants from the Jacobs Family Foundation — a charity benefiting locals in the village.

The foundation was founded earlier this year with goals to help non-profits with at-risk youth, education, special needs and preservation.

Two of the first batch of $15,000 grants went to Wellington High School for its Fire Science Academy and buying iPads for assisted learning in special-needs classes. The third went to Horses Healing Hearts earlier this year.

Charlie Jacobs said this round of grants were no-brainers and he was able to see some of the work in action, going to check out Wellington’s Fire Science Academy that gives students hands-on training getting them ready for the real world.

He expects the Jacobs Family Foundation to award another round of grants by the end of the year and hopefully keep it up quarterly going forward. Wellington organizations can submit grant applications online at jffwellington.org.

“If there’s a need and we can help, we’re there to do so,” Charlie Jacobs said.

He hopes the organization is an example for their children, just as their father’s philanthropy has made an impact on them.

Jeremy Jacobs most recently gave $30 million to the University of Buffalo to help pay for its medical college expansion.



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