Culverhouse Donates Half a Million Dollars to the Church of the Redeemer

The Giving Coast

Sarasota County developer and attorney Hugh Culverhouse Jr. donates $500,000 to the Church of the Redeemer marking the contribution as the largest gift non-capital campaign donation in the parish history. Rev. Charleston Wilson, the Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, expressed gratitude for Culverhouse’s transformative gift, stating, “Hugh takes annual giving to a whole new level, and his generous donation will provide vital resources at a critical time when our parish and community are experiencing growth. Thanks to Hugh’s philanthropy, Redeemer will be able to expand every facet of ministry and outreach, from equipping local classrooms to facilitating youth mission trips, creating a ripple effect that uplifts our entire community.” Culverhouse’s donation is poised to serve as a challenge match, inspiring others to join in the spirit of giving. The impact is already evident, with thousands raised in just a few short days. The groundswell of support aligns with the church’s 139-year history of community engagement, solidifying its role as a cornerstone of Sarasota. To donate or learn more about how to get involved, visit the Church of the Redeemer donation page https://www.redeemersarasota.org/give/.The Church of the Redeemer, deeply rooted in Sarasota’s history, traces its origins to 1885, with Col. J. Hamilton Gillespie, one of its founders, also serving as the city’s inaugural mayor. Since settling at its present downtown location in 1934, the church has grown to nearly 3,000 members, making it the largest parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and among the largest in the country. Hugh Culverhouse Jr., currently serving as CEO of Palmer Ranch Holdings Ltd in Sarasota, has been at the helm of the 15,000-acre master-planned community for nearly three decades. Beyond his role in business, Culverhouse has been committed to creating positive change, having donated tens of millions of dollars to various community causes, higher education, mental health, social welfare initiatives. Last year, Culverhouse addressed the public funding shortfall for the Sarasota County Comprehensive Treatment Court (CTC) by contributing $150,000. This contribution ensured the full funding of the 2023 program, supporting a mental health diversion initiative that redirects non-violent offenders with mental health disorders from jails to treatment programs. Culverhouse’s career includes serving as a former assistant U.S. attorney, handling complex cases for the Southern District of Florida, and as a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in its division of enforcement. After his tenure in public service, he transitioned into private practice for over two decades. Holding degrees from the University of Florida in Business Administration and Law, Culverhouse has completed an MBA program with a focus on corporate finance at New York University. He has also received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation, demonstrating his commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards in financial matters.

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