The funding for the Foundation comes from public sources. While the initial funding came from Gary and his family, we continue to work hard soliciting donations and holding fund-raising events. A long standing tradition is the annual golf tournament during each year. That event raises funds for the Autism Project of Palm Beach County as it’s primary focus. The 2013 Golf Classic is a special Tribute to Gary and his legacy.
Gary Carter (1954-2012) was an professional baseball catcher with a 21-year career shared between the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets. With a youthful gusto both on and off the field, Gary “Kid” Carter was named an All-Star 11 times, and was a member of one World Series championship team.
After retiring from baseball, Gary coached baseball at the college and minor-league level. He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and remained in South Florida where he became an active philanthropist.
Through The Gary Carter Foundation, Gary and his staff initially supported 8 Title I schools in Palm Beach County whose students lived in poverty. With advocating “school literacy by encouraging use of the Reading Counts Program, a program that exists in the Palm Beach County School District”, The Gary Carter Foundation was able to place over $622,000 toward charitable purposes, including $366,000 to local elementary schools for their reading programs.
Now the Foundation’s focus has evolved into focus purely on the mental, physical and spiritual wellness of local children and families while also pursuing faith-based initiatives as well.