Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund


Seagull Services announces creation of Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund


In honor of the life and legacy of Barbara Nurenberg, Seagull Services announces the creation of the Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund.

Ms. Nurenberg served as Seagull’s President and CEO from November, 2013, until she passed away on November 29, 2018. Her lifelong dedication to special populations and her unwavering commitment to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities resonated through the lives of all the program participants of Seagull Services.

Ms. Nurenberg was instrumental in guiding Seagull Services to refine its mission and dedication to filling unmet needs for services to adults and students with developmental disabilities in the Greater Palm Beaches. 

Additionally, under her leadership, Seagull added more programs to help more students transition from school to work and help more adults succeed in the workplace with the development of learning centers and the expansion of Supported Employment Services.

“Barbara Nurenberg was invaluable to Seagull Services,” said Laura Fowler, Chairwoman of Seagull’s Board of Directors. “She joined Seagull at a critical time in the organization’s 40-year history and set us on a path that aligns with today’s needs for adults and teens with developmental disabilities.  We will miss her and her tremendous leadership greatly.”

The purpose of the Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund is to honor Ms. Nurenberg and to create a lasting fund dedicated to supporting the programs that she believed were so vital to a full life for each of Seagull’s program participants. Through the fund, Seagull has set a goal of raising $100,000.

Those donating $1,000 or more in 2019 will be named Founding Donors of the Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund and recognized on Seagull Services’ website and on a special Founding Donors plaque to be displayed at the agency.

Donations of cash, stock, or other securities can be made to the Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund. Cash donations may be made online through Seagull Services’ website,, or by mailing a check made payable to “Seagull-Barbara Nurenberg Legacy Fund.”  Seagull Services mailing address is: 3879 Byron Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33404. To donate stock or other securities, please call Ellen Hoffacker, Vice President of Finance, at 561-842-5814.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Nurenberg


It is with deep sorrow that we share that Seagull Services’ President and CEO, Barbara Nurenberg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, after a brief illness.

Ms. Nurenberg served as President and CEO of Seagull Services since November, 2013, and made many significant contributions to the agency during that time.

As President and CEO, she guided Seagull Services to refine its mission and dedication to filling unmet needs for services to adults and students with developmental disabilities in the Greater Palm Beaches. Under her leadership, Seagull has added programs to help more students transition from school to work and help more adults succeed in the workplace with the development of learning centers and the expansion of Supported Employment Services.

Ms. Nurenberg brought a lifetime of experience and expertise with special populations to Seagull Services. Previously, she spent many years in leadership at Detroit-based JVS Human Services. As President and CEO, she grew the organization from a vocational agency serving 5,000 people to a comprehensive human services organization serving nearly 20,000 people.

She was a pioneer in providing people with disabilities the opportunity to work in the community. She also was a strong advocate in how we honor and care for the elderly.

Ms. Nurenberg earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit.  She had done post-graduate studies at Wayne State University, Harvard Business School, and Michigan State University.

9th Annual Chef Event benefits Seagull’s educational programs


Guests at the 9th Annual Chef Event got an education in the finer points of fine chocolate replete with samples as Pastry Chef Zachary Detweiller prepared his molten chocolate torte for the gourmet luncheon event’s finale.

The luncheon and demonstration was held at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on Nov. 16 and raised more than $35,000 for Seagull Services’ educational programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

Seagull Board Chair Laura Fowler welcomed guests to the packed ballroom and thanked the numerous event sponsors. The 9th Annual Chef Event was presented by Douglas C. Lane & Associates and Publix Super Markets Charities. Other major sponsors were Comerica, FPL, Gulfstream Insurance Group, the Lillian & Joseph Schwartz Trust, and Nozzle Nolen.

“The Chef Event is a 9-year old tradition that we’ve come to love because it’s a great afternoon that ends with a fantastic dessert presentation. But the real enjoyment of the Chef Event takes place back at Seagull’s Achievement Center and in the classrooms at Seagull Academy for Independent Living,” Fowler said.

“The real joy is witnessing the accomplishments and fulfillment that our program participants achieve,” she said. “Some of our clients come to us as pre-teens just starting middle school. While they learn academics in middle and high school, SAIL also emphasizes life skills and employment readiness programs so that each one can live their fullest life – employment for many and perhaps independent living. I want to thank each of you for helping to make it happen. As we say at Seagull, you’re enriching lives, erasing barriers, and helping people soar.”

In addition to the culinary demonstration, the event featured a silent auction and raffles. Guests had the opportunity to bid on art, jewelry, event tickets, and gift baskets.

Thanks to The Town of Palm Beach United Way

Thanks to The Town of Palm Beach United Way, the adults and students in programs at Seagull Services enjoyed grand Thanksgiving feasts last month.

At Seagull Services’ headquarters, everyone enjoyed a catered luncheon. The cafeteria was decked in fall colors, and volunteers and staff dished up heaping plates of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans.

At Seagull Academy for Independent Living where cooking is part of the life skills curriculum, the donation from the Town of Palm Beach United Way provided the ingredients for an elaborate cooking lesson. Beginning weeks in advance, the students prepared their menu and shopped. Then classes took turns in the kitchen to cook the meal they all enjoyed together.

We are thankful indeed!


Gifts come in many different packages


During this time of year, we remember all the gifts we’ve been given throughout the year – gifts of time, treasure and talent that enable Seagull Services to carry out the mission of providing advocacy and service to adults and students with developmental disabilities.

There are numerous ways to give a gift of support to Seagull Services. In addition to a direct donation, Seagull can benefit by a donation of a vehicle, or household items to our partner non-profits. Donations also could be made as a permanent tribute to honor a loved one, or as a charitable bequest.more...

Also, please consider the following types of gifts:

Real Estate: A donation of property can sometimes provide greater tax benefits than cash gifts as the owner does not incur any capital gains taxes.

Matching Gifts: If your company offers an Employee Matching Gifts program, you can double your gift with a matching contribution from your employer to Seagull Services.

Endowment Fund: An endowment fund is a way to create a perpetual gift for a program or service of Seagull Services. Structured so that only the interest is spent, the endowment would continue to bear funds to support the program of your choice or provide support each year where the need is the greatest.

Life Insurance: Through a life insurance policy, donors can fund their future gift to Seagull Services from income instead of capital.  You also can make Seagull Services a beneficiary of a paid policy whose coverage you no longer need for heirs or life changes.

Retirement Plans: Your retirement plan may be worth more when donated to Seagull Services instead of to your heirs who could face higher tax consequences.

Appreciated Securities or Closely-Held Stock: We accept securities and closely-held stock as a form of donation for the support of Seagull Services.

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