Local foundation donates gift cards to first responders


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The Buena Vida Foundation gave gift cards to local first responders.

The Buena Vida Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Melbourne and affiliated with the Buena Vida Estates assisted living facility, recently showed its appreciation for first responders. It gave gift cards to first responders from the West Melbourne Police Department and Brevard County Fire Rescue stations 82 and 83.

The gift cards, which were each worth $100, were presented to 72 first responders on May 7, according to Teri Brant, the director of marketing with Buena Vida. 

Among those in attendance, Brant noted, were Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer, Brevard County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Scott Jurgenson, West Melbourne Police Chief Richard Wiley and West Melbourne Mayor Hal J. Rose.

More than 100 residents gave to the foundation as part of the efforts, Brant noted.

“We’ve had more participants with this drive as far as residents than we’ve ever had in the history of the Buena Vida Foundation,”
she said.

Brant also indicated that the foundation will hold another similar event with the rest of the money that the foundation raised at both Holmes Regional Medical Center and Melbourne Regional Hospital in the near future.