Change the world with a giving heart…is the message every year sent out by the Association of Fundraising Professionals on November 15th, recognized as National Philanthropy Day. Since 1990, this day has been celebrated across the country, honoring those who devote their time, talent, and treasure to the community through generous acts of philanthropy.

The Plymouth Harbor Foundation is pleased to honor our own donors, who together have made a huge difference in the quality of life at Plymouth Harbor. More than $8,000,000 has generously been given to projects at Plymouth Harbor since 2012, some current gifts, and some that have been promised through estates. Make no mistake…philanthropy changes the world.

Honoring Barry and Phil Starr: Our 2017 National Philanthropy Day Honorees
In Sarasota, our local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts a luncheon and celebration of the far-reaching impact of generosity in our community. This year at the luncheon, Plymouth Harbor, Inc., and the Plymouth Harbor Foundation will honor Barry and Phil Starr, for their leadership, philanthropy, and goodwill at Plymouth Harbor.

Barry and Phil, residents since 2012, have played an integral part in our philanthropy program. Phil has been a resident trustee of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation board since 2013. The couple has co-chaired two back-to-back capital campaigns: one to rejuvenate Pilgrim Hall for $1,100,000; and one to establish our premier program in innovative care in the new Memory Care Residence for $3,000,000. The couple gave generously to both campaigns.

In addition to their own gifts, they secured the lead gift for the new Memory Care Residence by championing a grant from their family foundation in Kansas City, marking one of the few gifts by the foundation to ever be awarded outside of the Kansas City geographic area. The Starrs lead by example, with quiet elegance and generous charitable giving, and by doing so, have inspired a deep culture of philanthropy at Plymouth Harbor since their arrival.

This quote by Winston Churchill exemplifies the Starrs: “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” We are honored and deeply grateful for their participation and citizenship at Plymouth Harbor.