United Way Grant Awarded to Gifford Youth Orchestra     













According to the October 2011 Press Release by United Way



United Way Supports

Character Building

Programs for Kids


Two Key Community

Programs Receive Grants


Vero Beach, FL: As state and county budget cuts squeeze after school and extracurricular programs, there is more and more of a need for non-profit groups to step in and fill those gaps in services. Towards that end, the United Way of Indian River County Board of Directors voted to support two character building programs in underserved
communities in Indian River County.


The Florida Comets, an up and coming sports and education organization founded by Dr. Bennie Shaw, has been granted $2500 towards their expansion in Indian River.


“These two organizations offer so much more than just sports and music, they are truly life-changing experiences for those kids involved,” said Jim Ackerman, United Way Board Member and Chair of the Community Investment Committee.


Founded in 2003, the Gifford Youth Orchestra has a successful program of helping underserved kids reach new heights. 70% of the children served by the Gifford Youth Orchestra live below the poverty line. Over 106 students have learned the violin. "The Gifford Youth
Orchestra builds strength of character, a sense of culture and seeks to broaden the capacity of community pride and self reliance in the young people," said founder, Crystal Bujol.

Last year, United Way of Indian River County invested $1,778,741 in 41 programs and three community




GIFFORD COMMUNITY YOUTH ORCHESTRAelow - Community Church Presents Check to Gifford Youth Orchestra

Dr. Elaine Word, Bob Lawton, Rev. Crystal Bujol

Photo of Bob Lawton, Director of Missions at the Community Church of Vero Beach, presenting check to the Gifford Youth Orchestra in support of its 2011 Summer Program.  Receiving the check are:  Dr. Elaine Word, GYO Board Member, visiting from Berkeley, California, and Rev. Crystal Bujol, Program Administrator for the Gifford Youth Orchestra.  Check was presented in the garden at the Community Church.


Vero Beach Rotary Foundation Presents Check to

                     Gifford Youth Orchestra


New President of the Vero Beach Rotary Club presets check for $1000.00 to Rev. Crystal Bujol to add to the "Stage Right Project," partially underwritten by the Indian River Cultural Council last year.  This project is to designed to strengthen the instruments that are on the "Stage Right" of the Orchestra -- the cello and viola.

The grant was awarded based on an application sponsored by James T. Logan, rotary member.

Contact Us

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra
8 Vista Gardens Trl #102
Vero Beach, FL 32962


 Mailing Address:P O Box 691166

Vero Beach, FL 32969-1166
Phone: +1 772 / 778-5118



Upcoming Dates

November 5, 2016

"The Magic of 13 Years"


The Gifford Community Center 

            4855 43rd Avenue

  Corner 43rd Ave. & 49th St.   



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Gifford Youth Orchestra

Opens the meeting for

The Indian River County

School Board meeting



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