Stewardship and giving back to the community have been the driving forces behind the Porter family’s philanthropic endeavors.
In 2004, James H. Porter made a gift of $2.85 million to the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in memory of his wife, Martha, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 76. The donation is one of the largest private gifts ever received by the institute.
Land stewardship is a vital aspect of Wiregrass Ranch’s philosophy. While the growth of the community is necessary, the vision is to incorporate and retain as much of the natural beauty of the land as possible within new development. With this vision in mind, The Porter family donated 138 acres to Pasco County to be used specifically for a multi-use, community park.
Strongly valuing higher education, the family donated 60 acres of prime real estate to create Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass, which opened in 2014. This donation allowed a first class institution to be built in the heart of Wesley Chapel, creating jobs and educational opportunities for our residents.
Historically, Wiregrass Ranch provided the Martha M. Porter scholarship, a four-year $1,000 scholarship to a graduating, college-bound senior. The Wiregrass Ranch Foundation is continuing that legacy by offering scholarships to graduating seniors in our community.
The Wiregrass Ranch Foundation is yet another example of the family’s desire to give back to the community. The Foundation holds an annual clay shoot to raise funds for various causes in the community. Last year, a contribution in the amount of $20,000 was made to the Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club to fully fund their new facility. Through a partnership with a local charity, OnBikes, 50 new bikes were delivered to all of the kids as a holiday surprise. This year, the Foundation presented a total of fifteen scholarships to graduating seniors at Wesley Chapel High School, Pasco High School, and Wiregrass Ranch High School.