Pepe Fanjul: Phosphorus Reduction Efforts

Florida farming operations have always been major contributors to the food supply of the United States.  More than 20 years ago, some noticeable changes began to affect the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.  Birds were no longer nesting along the shores, fish were dying and small animals were staying away.  Scientists became concerned with the phosphorous levels in the water.  Surface waterways throughout the state were studied for various chemicals to determine the source of the phosphorous.  Immediate changes were required to change the course before it was too late.  Florida Crystals Corporation, led by Pepe Fanjul, was one of the early adopters of the phosphorous reduction efforts.

Maximizing the yield on every acre is essential in a farming operation since profits are dependent on the amount of crop that can be sold each year.  Fertilizers have always provided necessary nutrients that would encourage plant growth for high-yield crops.  Millions of acres of farmland were enhanced with phosphorous-rich fertilizer.  Changes to this procedure would cause farmers to find ways to capture the water runoff from the farmland.  Pepe Fanjul and Florida Crystals Corporation have contributed to the creation of filter marshes on 60,000 of former farmland.  Water from the large farms is captured to trap the phosphorous.  Natural filtration reduces the amount of phosphorous that proceeds downstream.

Over the past 20 years, Florida’s sugar producers have implemented the best practices that continue to improve the quality of the surface water.  Pepe Fanjul is proud of the joint accomplishment that has returned the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee to the beautiful wildlife habitats that made Florida famous.  Annual efforts to reduce phosphorous rates will continue as long as the farming operations continue to contribute to the nation’s ability to feed people here at home as well as around the world.


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Pepe Fanjul Agrees That His Wife Emilia is an Icon of Style of Philanthropy

Over 10 years ago, Emilia Fanjul embarked on a quest to provide more school choices for the families of West Palm Beach County Florida.  As a rural community, the less fortunate children were lacking educational opportunities.  In September 2012, Vanidades’ the Spanish-language magazine recognized Emilia Fanjul for her remarkable contribution to the quality of education in Western Florida.  Pepe Fanjul is proud of his wife’s hard work as chairwoman of Glades Academy Elementary School and Everglades Preparatory Academy High School.  The award ceremony was held in New York City to recognize people in the Hispanic community with a heart for others.

As immigrants from Cuba, the Fanjul family has been raising and processing sugar cane for decades.  Florida Crystals Corporation is a successful company with many philanthropic ventures.  Emilia Fanjul has invested years of her life to make sure that children will be educated and prepared for the jobs that will make the family company a strong competitor for many years to come.  Parents trust the leadership of both schools to provide excellent education for their youngsters.

In all of Western Florida, Glades Academy was the first to earn an A rating during the 2011 school year.  The three previous years had been recognized with the Annual Year Progress rating.  These important steps ensure that the children are learning the necessary skills for anything they want to achieve in life.

Pepe Fanjul is one of the many annual benefactors who provide the funding necessary to run both charter schools.  In December 2011, a major milestone was reached when the new Glades Academy campus was opened on the land donated by Florida Crystals Corporation.  Emilia Fanjul will continue to work diligently to make sure that children have every opportunity to grow up and be anything they want to be.


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Pepe Fanjul Jr. Attends Graduation Ceremony for Take Stock in Children

Pepe Fanjul Jr. at Graduation for Take Stock in Children

Pepe Fanjul Jr. attends a graduation ceremony for the non-profit Take Stock in Children, which his family and company – Florida Crystals – support with contributions of more than $50,000 each year.

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Pepe Fanjul at the Metropolitan Opera

Pepe Fanjul, Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, and Peter Lyden

Pepe Fanjul attends the American Ballet Theatre's opening of their 67th annual Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera

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Pepe Fanjul Congratulates Glades Academy Elementary Charter School for Achieving an A Grade and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Pepe Fanjul sends out his deepest congratulations to Glades Academy’s school children, teachers, administrators and board members for the tremendous work they did to achieve the charter school’s first A rating.   Pepe Fanjul also recognizes the amazing effort that went into achieving Adequate Yearly Progress for the second consecutive year, as well as in three of the past four school years.

Pepe Fanjul has been closely involved in the school for 10 years.  Glades Academy Elementary charter school was founded by Pepe’s wife Emilia Fanjul in 2001 to offer children and parents in the rural communities of western Palm Beach County a wider range of school choice and options for education.  Emilia Fanjul serves as chairwoman of the board of the Pahokee school.

The results of the 2010 – 2011 school year show that Glades Academy Elementary school is excelling at both the state and federal levels.  The rating system is part of the state of Florida’s A+ Plan, while Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  Glades Academy was also the highest rated elementary school in the communities of western Palm Beach County.

Emilia expressed her excitement about the dual achievements, saying, “It is thrilling to reach an A rating and AYP; it shows just how far Glades Academy charter school has grown in its first 10 years. I’m so proud of the nurturing, safe environment our teachers and administrators have created for the students to be able to reach their highest potential.  Our staff has done a phenomenal job, and we will keep building on this for the future.”

Pepe Fanjul and Emilia Fanjul have been large sponsors of the school since it was established.  They are contributors at the school’s annual benefits, which are also hosted by Emilia.  Florida Crystals Corporation (of which Pepe Fanjul is vice chairman of the board, chief operating officer and president) also donated the land where Glades Academy built its brand new school.  The school will open this coming school year (2011 – 2012) and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including internet access in all the classrooms and interactive board that will assist students by allowing them to take advantage of the latest educational tools.

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Fanjul Family and Florida Crystals Corporation To Present Another Annual Gift to Liga Contra el Cancer/League Against Cancer in Miami

Pepe Fanjul Jr.

Pepe Fanjul Jr. Pictered Left

The Fanjul family and their company, Florida Crystals Corporation, will give another annual donation of $10,000 to Liga Contra el Cancer (League Against Cancer) during the non-profit’s signature 2011 fund raising drive.

“My family and our company, Florida Crystals, strongly believe in supporting the communities and helping to fund the work of community-based organizationslike Liga Contra el Cancer that give tremendous assistance to those in need,” said J. Pepe Fanjul, Florida Crystals’ vice chairman of the board, chief operating officer and president. “For more than three decades, Liga Contra el Cancer has provided quality medical care free of charge to Floridians who could not otherwise afford it.  We are happy to be associated with an organization that does so much for so many people.”

Florida Crystals’ contribution will be presented at the non-profits well-known annual telethon on June 5, 2011 at the Miami-Dade Fair Expo Center.  The telethon, which the charity says is the cornerstone of their annual fund raising drive, broadcasts from 5 p.m. to midnight and features singers, actors, bands and check presentations.  For the 11th year, the popular Spanish-language television station Telemundo will give seven hours of prime time, which will mean Liga Contra el Cancer will reach more than half a million households.

Liga Contra el Cancer was founded in Miami in 1975 as a community-based, not-for-profit organization providing free medical care to Cancer patients in need. More than 350 board-certifiedphysiciansvolunteer their services to the not-for-profit organization.

Florida Crystals Corporation has been an active member of South Florida’s community since 1960.  The Palm Beach-based sugar producer celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  Starting from humble beginnings, the company has grown with its subsidiary, American Sugar Refining, the world’s largest sugar refining company, to be a global producer of sugar.  Florida Crystals Corporation is led by Alfonso Fanjul and J. Pepe Fanjul.

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