The Hermitage House at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

Image: Barbara Banks

At the beginning of April, the Hermitage Artist Retreat received a $100,000 matching grant from the Manasota Key-based Cook family; the challenge was met in less than one month. The foundation raised $30,000 through the 2020 Giving Challenge, including more than $18,000 from individuals and nearly $12,000 from The Patterson Foundation; now, thanks to a generous additional wave of support, the Hermitage has received a $50,000 pledge from a group of supporters to extend this matching challenge above and beyond the Cooks’ original gift. As a result, all gifts to the Hermitage will continue to be matched through June 30.

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