Phone: (321) 690-3464 Email:


To serve as a supporting organization for Bridges, its mission and all affiliate organizations by developing sources of revenue, through gifts, charitable donations, investments, fund raising events and related activities as well as providing community relations for the Bridges family of services and the families we serve.

Bridges Foundation

Behind the mission of Bridges is a community that cares.


Bridges Foundation has been in existence on paper for 12 years helping the organization to:

  • Provide informed choices for children and adults with disabilities.
  • Offer a flexible range of cost effective, practical solutions to the challenges in lives of people with disbilities through our employment, residential, advocacy, therapeutic and educational programs.
Bridges Foundation

J. Carey Gleason, CFRE, Executive Director of Bridges Foundation

In April of 2014, the Foundation began its outreach for community support. Carey Gleason, Bridges Foundation’s Executive Director, leads the effort to educate others and inspire their support. She put together a strong Foundation Board and in 2015 launched the Foundation’s first annual fundraiser, a signature event name Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney.


There are several ways to give to Bridges Foundation

  1. Give directly by clicking here or call 321-690-3464, ext. 18.
  2. Give through the Community Foundation for Brevard by clicking here.
  3. Give through Planned giving, bequests, deferred giving, legacy gifts. To learn more, call 321-690-3464, ext. 18.




Mrs. Christine Myers (Chris)

Vice-President, Sunshine Bank

Past Chairperson

Ms. Cindy Dropeski,

Intercoastal Insurance

Vice Chairperson: Mr. CJ Johnson

Community Champions

Treasurer:Mr. Robert M. Ryba

Lead IT Auditor, Harris Corporation

Secretary:Mr. Mike McBride

President: McBride Marketing Group

Ms. Carey Gleason

Executive Director, Bridges Foundation

Mr. David Cooke

President, Bridges BTC, Inc.

Ms. Bonnie Rudolph

Chairperson, Bridges Board of Directors.

Mrs. Bobbie Dyer

President, Dyer Mortgage Group

Mr. Les Hatter

Bengel’s Burgers Of Central Florida/5 Guys

Alec Russell

Shareholder, Gary Robinson

Hope Chanda

Community Volunteer

Ms. Rebecca L. Shireman

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center

Mr. Eric Hostetler

Attorney: Widerman Malek, P.L.

Ms. Monica Shah

Southeast Petroleum Distributors, Inc.

Jessica Andre

Ruthanne Heinly and Kyle Heinly

Akaila Amara,

Account Manager, Digital Graphics

Bridges Foundation

Commissioner Andy Anderson leading the festivities


  • Bridges is an award-winning, 60-year-old organization serving the needs of individuals with disabilities and veterans who are disabled or homeless.
  • Bridges is Brevard’s oldest, most comprehensive disability organization in with programs including:
    • Life Skills Development providing clients training to enhance living, employment and social skills.
    • Employment Services working with local employers to tailor jobs and train clients for fulfilling job placements.
    • I-Force Work Experience contracting with area businesses to provide clients paid work experience.
    • Patriot House providing housing and employment opportunities for disabled and homeless veterans.
    • Residential and Supported Living Programs providing clients care and monitoring in their homes or Bridges-owned group homes.
    • Materials Recycling Operation providing clients jobs recycling for PAFB, Canaveral Air Station and Kennedy Space Center.
    • Quick Prints providing clients jobs at our electronic fingerprinting center.
  • Bridges has a staff of 120 people and serves about 300 clients a day in 21 programs.
  • The organization has an annual budget of $5 million.
    • 78 percent of that comes from Medicaid
    • The rest comes from donations, grants and fundraisers
    • Bridges also partners with United Way


Bridges Foundation

Bridge Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney offers unique challenges to golfers and non-golfers alike.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and laid the foundation for significant social change by calling upon Americans to:

  • Provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential
  • Provide career planning, job coaching and supported employment

With passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the goal of people with developmental disabilities leading productive, self-directed lives seemed within reach. National initiatives began to address the full spectrum of services needed for people with disabilities to live secure, fulfilling lives.

Passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, further championed this goal with programs of early intervention, special education and services to transition high schoolers into adulthood.

Today’s economic environment threatening advances made during the past 25 years. Taxpayer funded programs for people with disabilities are now always under pressure and at risk:

  • School districts face shrinking budgets making it difficult to deliver special education mandates in schools.
  • Medicaid, which has funded many employment and community-based residential programs.

But we’ve come too far to turn back now.


If you want to become a Bridges Foundation member, volunteer or donate to help Bridges Foundation spread the word and raise money, please call 321-690-3464, ext. 18.


Bridges Foundation

Bridges clients and staff are on hand to help at the Tourney.

To donate to Bridges, please click the link below to donate via a secure connection through Paypal.

For planned giving to Bridges, here is some information you might find helpful.

Planned giving, bequests, deferred giving, legacy gifts.  They are all terms to describe the mode of donating through estate-planning vehicles such as trusts and wills.  Please consider our planned giving program as a way to leave a legacy of supporting our individuals with disabilities.

  1. Planned gifts can offer tax benefits to donors.

Estate planning tools such as bequests, IRA asset allocation, Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA), and Charitable Remainder Trusts offer significant tax incentives to donors.  For example a bequest is 100% deductible from a donor’s estate and can reduce potential estate taxes.  A CGA offers the donor a tax deduction and can potentially sidestep capital gains taxes.  Certain planned giving vehicles also enable the donor to ensure that his or her heirs will be financially provided for, alongside supporting a charitable cause.

  1. Planned gifts offer donors a say in how the funds will be used.

Whether a donor is publicly memorialized by a bequest or remains anonymous is something that can be pre-decided by the non-profit and the donor.  The donor can also specify how he or she wishes the funds to be used–i.e. by supporting specific programs organized by the non-profit, creating a scholarship, or establishing an endowment.  Also, certain planned giving tools allow broad flexibility to the donor to make changes to the planned giving arrangement.

  1. Planned gifts allow donors to support a cause without affecting the donor’s current financial situation.

Since most planned giving can be structured to take effect after the life of the donor, the donor would not have  to accommodate any changes in their daily lifestyle.

  1. Planned gifts give non-profits additional fundraising options.

The flexibility and relative simplicity of establishing a planned gift provides an innovative tool non-profits can pass on to their loyal members.

  1. Planned gifts are often larger than annual or capital gifts. Because of the built-in tax benefits and sentimental nature of giving the “ultimate” gift, planned giving amounts tend to be larger than annual donations or donations made from capital earned on existing bank accounts.

Planned giving provides donors and non-profit organizations a unique connection that can honor the wishes and life of the donor and also provide vital sustenance to the organization and cause.  If your non-profit organization is ready to set up a planned giving program, there are a multitude of online resources and how-to books that cover the topic.

However, you may prefer to engage an attorney who is knowledgeable about estate planning and also has a good working knowledge about tax implications for the non-profit as well as for the donor.


Thank you to all that made Bridges 2016 Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney & Social a success!! Our awesome sponsors. The leadership of Andy Anderson, co-chair Colleen Middlebrooks, amazing committee, and host of volunteers. We exceeded goal, had fun and raised important funds to assist disabled veterans in our Brevard community.

Congratulations to the 2016 winner – Florida Bank of Commerce!

Click here for details about the 2017 Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney & Social.

© 2017 Bridges