While preserving an historic riverfront "green space" from commercial development.
THIS IS IT • Our FINAL Day to Purchase Green Gables
Dear Green Gables Supporter,
Please take a moment to write a message to Governor DeSantis to let him know that you enjoyed your visit and how important it is to save history. The Florida State Legislature has approved full funding for the Special Category Grants for this year's budget. That means, if Governor DeSantis approves it, we will receive the grant that will finally allow us to purchase and save Green Gables. Please send him an email today telling him how important it is that he agree to fully fund the Appropriations Item 3165A Historic Resources Special Category Grants.
His email address is GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com Thank you
Green Gables is hosting an all original art exhibit featuring Dr. Michael Shelton's "Dream Cars". Dr. Shelton is a local renowned post-modern contemporary artist. He has painted portraits of celebrities, Kings of foreign countries, and more. Patrons say, "his artwork moves them deeply". His paintings, prints and posters will be on sale at this exhibit. This is a free event at Green Gables, 1501 South Harbor City Blvd. Parking available next door at Reflections. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Green Gables.
Name: Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village, Inc
Federal EIN: 27-4206685
Green Gables has reached a critical point in its fight to survive. Last year, we finally raised the $500K in cash, pledges and in kind donations, that enabled us to apply for the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources Special Category Matching Grant. We rated and ranked and were placed on the list with a recommendation for full funding.
Unfortunately, Covid 19 came, and all funding that would have gone to pay the grants, was diverted to Covid. We updated our application and applied again this year. The legislature is now in session and will decide if they will allocate funding for the grants very soon. If they do vote to fund the grant, the last step is that it must go before the Governor, who can sign off on it and we would receive the grant and purchase Green Gables in July.
On the other hand, he could decide to defer the funds, or simply choose not to allocate funds at all. If that happens, we would not have the required remaining $500K to purchase the house for just under $1 million in July. In the few remaining months, we are doing all we can to find alternative funding to ensure that we can purchase Green Gables and save it for future generations. We have doubled our fundraising efforts, applied for more grants, and in March we will begin our big Brick Campaign. We are seeking corporate sponsors and donors capable of making large donations in order to raise the second $500K.
If you visit Green Gables, you will see what a vibrant community resource it is, as well as all the improvements we have made to the house and property. It has become a favorite field trip location for classes and home school groups, a place for fun community and family events that are free or affordable and a venue for parties, meetings, weddings and so much more. Scouts earn their badges with us and Eagle scouts do their projects with us. Seniors enjoy afternoon teas and car enthusiasts enjoy our classic car shows. Green Gables has something for everyone!
Now we need everyone’s help! I urge you to watch our professional documentary, Forgotten Enchantress, available for free on this website (see below). It tells our story and after watching, you too, will become enchanted with the magic of our beloved Green Gables.
President, Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village, Inc.
We ask that you share our story, our twitter and our Facebook posts. Please donate what you can, and encourage others to do the same. Ask your employer to donate or match your donation, or ask if there might be any corporate grants available that might benefit Green Gables.
Visit us on Saturdays from 10-2, support out events and let our legislators know that you value preserving the history, heritage and green space that is Green Gables!
Our completely volunteer staff is working hard to ensure that this important historic treasure will be here, serving the public, for generations to come. We thank you for anything you choose to do to help us Save Green Gables.
After withstanding hurricanes, floods and other storms for 124 years, this Forgotten Enchantress faces the storm of destruction for commercial gain. Will a team of compassionate citizens save her in time? Many thanks to all the performers and the generosity of Jennifer East and bUneke Productions!
Directed by Jennifer East • Cinematography by Donnie Crawford • bUneke Productions • bUneke.org • 501c3 Educational Charity
Thank YOU for your donation. Download the form below and send it in or better yet bring it by on a Saturday, 10am-2pm and say hello!
by Christian A. Thein
My first encounter with Green Gables was on a fieldtrip when I was in fifth grade. I love history, so attending this was an honor. Our teacher, Mrs. Ambrose was as excited as I was. We would make real soap and play games from the time when Green Gables was first built, in the 1800’s. We also would tour the house itself, seeing where the family would relax, sleep, eat, play, and host guests. (This is just an excerpt from his letter).
Be a Green Gables Hero! Your support and contributions will enable us to restore Green Gables.
Green Gables is located on US1 on the Indian River, just south of Hibiscus. Blvd in Melbourne, FL.
Contact Us Directly: Marion Ambrose 321-794-8901
Mailing Address: Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village, Inc.
P.O. Box 1086, Melbourne, FL 32902
1501 South Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida 32901, United States
We are now open every Saturday from 10AM until 2PM. Come & See!
Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village, Inc., is a tax-exempt organization (Tax ID#27-4206685) duly qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Solicitation of Contributions Act Registration. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352. www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com
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