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A Founder’s Legacy: The Yvonne Bixby Fund

A well-known and respected business woman, Yvonne Bixby shared the vision of establishing the Community Foundation in the early 1980s with other Brevard community leaders. She served as a founding board member, and as President and Chairman of the Board.

Upon moving to Brevard in 1968, Yvonne gave a lifetime of service to our community and its many civic organizations. Just to name a few of her community endeavors, she was the first woman ever to be named to the Board of Directors and to serve as president of the South Brevard Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Tourist Development Council (“TDC”), the Henegar Center where she served as its president. She was also a founding member of Space Coast Tiger Bay Club, Civilian Military Council (CivMil), and Keep Brevard Beautiful where she also served as president.

Yvonne moved on to her “next great adventure” when she passed away in June of 2010. For many years she was a well known, independent business woman in Brevard County, owner/CEO of “Yvonne’s Travel” and Florida Travel Career School. Upon selling the travel agencies and school, Yvonne opened up Creative Meetings, Inc., where she handled groups and conventions.

The Community Foundation for Brevard honors her legacy today by stewarding the Yvonne Bixby Fund, a proactive and responsive unrestricted fund serving Brevard nonprofits through the Foundation’s annual competitive grant program.

Like Yvonne’s enduring commitment to our community, her planned gift to the Community Foundation for Brevard will have meaning and impact for countless years to come. Thanks to Yvonne’s endowment, local nonprofits are receiving critical, ongoing support — proof that her legacy of care lives on.

What do you want your legacy to be? Contact the Community Foundation for Brevard today to learn more about planned giving and for help in creating your legacy.

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