The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School within the Palm Beach County School District announced today that the Miami Dolphins Foundation will pledge $25,000 and become one of the top ten donors contributing toward capital construction.
The donation made by the Miami Dolphins Foundation will help transform an existing water retention pond at the entrance of Jupiter Community High School into the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory and habitat which will be planted with materials ranging from Coastal Upland Hammock to the Littoral Shelf just inside the shallow portion of the pond. In addition, the design includes a bridge with stairs into the water, and an ADA boardwalk into the deepest part of the pond. These hardscape elements will provide platforms from which students can access the water safely for taking water samples and teachers can conduct lessons. A nature trail with interpretive signage will identify the varied plant material installed from the most recognized from the five Eco Zones of Florida.
“We are extremely grateful to the Miami Dolphins Foundation and organization for their commitment to support such an important project that will educate and positively impact our community, the world’s natural resources, and the lives of tens of thousands of students over its lifetime. Not only was Perry a Dolphins fan and an incredible athlete, he loved the outdoors, nature, wildlife and marine life and all that it had to offer. Being outdoors and with nature was what touched his spirit the most, so to have the support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation is a natural when you consider its mission of supporting education and health initiatives,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry Cohen’s Mother and President of the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
The created wetlands habitat and working laboratory is backed by a certified AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) curriculum with instruction inside and outside the classroom under the name of the existing thirteen-year program at the school entitled the Jupiter Environmental and Research Field Studies Academy (JERFSA). For its contribution, the Miami Dolphins Foundation also will have a designated area in the Wetlands Laboratory for the life of the project, which is estimated to exceed in existence for the next forty years. JERFSA provides special training in ecology, earth sciences, marine biology and water resources. The academy equips high school students with the knowledge for environmental leadership and with academic and field skills that will open doors to environmental careers. Since 2004, JERFSA students have assisted in massive exotic plant removals, general tract clean-ups, the reintroduction of native plant species, an ongoing tidal wetlands construction project, tortoise burrow monitoring and planting of more than 10,000 mangrove seedlings. Students from (JERFSA) have contributed more than 12,000 hours of volunteer service since the inception of the program. Many of the programs graduates continue their education and careers in the marine and environmental studies fields. The academy is making a difference in the lives of local high school students and they, in turn are making a difference in their community.
Established in 1996 as the fundraising arm of the Miami Dolphins Football Team, the Miami Dolphins Foundation is committed to making a year-round difference in the South Florida community. Since Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner Stephen Ross assumed the leadership of the organization, the Foundation refocused its philanthropic efforts with a direct mission to inspire, empower and engage the South Florida community compassionately, using the diversity of the organization’s resources and programs to make a difference in health, education, volunteerism and youth programs.
In support of the JEFRSA program and the Creation of the Wetlands Laboratory, the Perry J. Cohen Foundation has committed to contribute and match the first $100,000 of private or public funds donated to create “Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School.” The Wetlands Laboratory project is estimated to cost $400,000 to create and is off to a fast start in raising important capital funds with the addition of the Miami Dolphins Foundation. The Perry J. Cohen Foundation will lead the fundraising effort for the Project through donations to the Foundation or Jupiter Community High School (JCHS) directly from private individuals, corporate sponsorships, scheduled fundraisers, in kind contributions, other foundations, etc. in a collaborative effort working to raise the funds as quickly as possible. Main donors will be recognized through appropriate displays within the Project, which may include one large recognition display or individual displays, appropriate to the setting and educational mission of the Project including the Foundation’s logo, a mural of Perry J. Cohen created by world renowned street artist Shepard Fairey.
About The Miami Dolphins Foundation:
Miami Dolphins Foundation: Established in 1996 as the fundraising arm of the Miami Dolphins Football team, the Miami Dolphins Foundation is committed to making a year-round difference in the South Florida community. Since Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner Stephen Ross assumed the leadership of the organization, the Foundation refocused it philanthropic efforts to provide support in the South Florida Communities under education, health and volunteerism initiatives.
About The Perry J. Cohen Foundation:
Perry Cohen is a 14-year-old boy who went missing at sea on July 24, 2015. He was last seen leaving the Jupiter, Florida inlet on his good friend's boat. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducted one of the largest Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in modern day history to find Perry and his friend. After an exhaustive eight-day, 55,000 square nautical mile search, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) suspended their efforts at sunset on July 31, 2015.
The Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF) is a 501(c)(3), established by Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, and his stepfather, Nicholas Korniloff. The foundation was established to carry on Perry’s legacy and reflect his passions in life, the foundation PJCF is devoted to the advancement of:
• The ARTS
• Environmental, Marine & Wildlife Education and Preservation
• Teenage Entrepreneurship
• Boating Safety Education
Because of Perry’s deep love for the sea, a highlight of the foundation’s work will be its annual scholarship program that will recognize deserving students who plan to further their education in the Marine Science and Marine Wildlife fields, as well as the preservation of our coastlines. Perry had recently been accepted into the Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy at Jupiter Community High School. He was one of 30 students chosen out of 500, unfortunately he never got a chance to attend his first class.
For more information please visit: http://www.pjcf.org, facebook.com/perryjcohen instagram.com/perryjcohenfoundation and twitter @pjcfoundation