Frances Langford

Singer, Actress, Philanthropist

For decades beloved entertainer and philanthropist Frances Langford made her home on the Treasure Coast and made substantial contributions to our way of life. Her memory and legacy remain strong as our community continues to benefit from her vision and generosity through the newly established Francis Langford Fund for Martin County, the most recent named fund under the direction of the Martin County Community Foundation. In 2016, the Martin County Community Foundation was honored to receive $8M from the Frances Langford Foundation that will provide funding in perpetuity to organizations and causes most dear to Ms. Langford.

Before moving to her estate in Jensen Beach in 1945, Frances Langford was an internationally renowned star with a career that included singing and acting in more than 30 films, four radio programs, and three television shows. During World War II, she entertained the troops with her signature tune, “I’m in the Mood for Love” with Bob Hope’s USO tours. Later, Hope and other celebrities would be guests on the Chanticleer, the 110-foot fishing yacht owned by Ms. Langford and her husband, Harold Stuart. An active angler, Frances supported local environmental causes, supported a wide range of non-profit organizations, and hosted fundraising events on the Chanticleer and her estate, which she shared with her beloved peacocks.

The Frances Langford Foundation was created in 2005 after her passing in 2005. From its inception to its present reincarnation within the Martin County Community Foundation, the Frances Langford Foundation had been a major force for philanthropy on the Treasure Coast, providing more than $26M in grants to 122 agencies. The new Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will continue the good work of the Foundation.

Congratulations to the Frances Langford Fund for Martin County 2017-18 Grant Recipients

Alzheimer’s Community Care / Council on Aging at the Kane Center $100,000

Martin County HUGS: Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community in Martin County

The Banner Lake Club, Inc – $35,000

Banner Lake Club / Banner Lake After School Time (B.L.A.S.T.)

Helping People Succeed – $50,000

Early Language and Literacy Initiative

House of Hope – $35,000

Vocational Training Program

Ocean Research & Conservation Association – $48,620

Assessing Risk of Toxin Transfer from Algae Blooms to Subsistence Fishing Communities

Tykes & Teens – $25,000

Infant Mental Health in High Risk Areas of Mental Health

Frances Langford’s Fund at the Martin County Community Foundation awards $303,620 in grants

The Martin County Community Foundation announced The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will award grants totaling $303,620 to seven local non-profits to fund programs in 2018 and 2019.  The grants will support work in five categories: literacy, research, social services, training, and vocational education.

“Frances Langford’s generous philanthropy continues to improve the lives of people here in the community she loved so much. Her legacy lives on in Martin County,” said Elizabeth Barbella, President and CEO of the Martin County Community Foundation.

The largest grant, $100,000, will go to Martin County HUGS, a new joint project of Alzheimer’s Community Care and Council on Aging of Martin County, Inc. that will seek to make Martin County a dementia friendly community through a broad based public awareness and education campaign that will involve varied sectors, from law enforcement to retail. The goal is to provide community support for families coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The Ocean Research & Conservation Association will receive a $48,620 grant to fund research to assess the risk of toxin transfer impact from algae blooms on fishing communities, specifically to learn the impact on human health.

Helping People Succeed will receive a $50,000 grant for the second year of its Early Language and Literacy Initiative that aims to increase school readiness in young children and increase critical 3rd grade reading proficiency.

The Banner Lake Club’s BLAST Program, an after-school / out-of-school program, will receive a $35,000 grant to support its teen center and community building initiative.

House of Hope will receive a $35,000 grant to purchase materials for vocational training for unemployed, low wage-earning individuals and struggling families.

Tykes & Teens’ Infant Mental Health program will receive a $25,000 grant for a second year to continue funding the Child Parent Psychotherapy Program that works with parents of children 0 to 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event.

In its second year, the Martin County Community Foundation Non-Profit Leadership Institute will receive $10,000 to conduct workshops, seminars, lectures and training for non-profit professionals and board members.

The grants were formally awarded at a ceremony May 15 at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House in Jensen Beach.

The Martin County Community Foundation was established in 1988 to inspire philanthropists to establish funds to improve lives and enrich communities in Martin County, throughout Florida, and across the United states. The Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that increases charitable giving through named funds established by individuals, families, or businesses to support the causes and charitable organizations they care deeply about.