Opening Doors to Great Futures: Wells Purmort

Wells Purmort has been an active community leader in Sarasota for decades and is well-known for his successful career as the past owner of Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency, one of Sarasota’s oldest, most-trusted and locally-owned insurance agencies. Numerous local nonprofit organizations have benefited from his tireless dedication to civic causes over the years, but one of his greatest achievements can be attributed to the role he played in founding the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

Mr. Purmort was one of nine advocates who met on a regular basis in 1967 to discuss ways in which the quality of life for Sarasota’s children could be improved.

“I remember the day I got the phone call from fellow founder Arthur Goldberg,” said Mr. Purmort. “He explained to me the group’s vision of providing local youth with life-changing programs and resources to help them achieve their full potential. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this movement.”

By 1970, Sarasota’s first Boys Club was giving hundreds of boys a safe place to learn, play and grow while their parents were at work. Over the past 50 years, the agency has opened its doors to serve girls alongside boys, and expanded to five service locations with award-winning programs to help youth chart their path toward a great future. Today, more than 7,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, depend on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County to help them excel in school, become leaders, live healthy lifestyles and create plans for success after high school graduation. Mr. Purmort is proud to see how the organization has grown over the years to meet the unique needs of its current Club members and families, and, as a result, has selected the organization as a beneficiary of his estate.

“I want to be sure that every child in Sarasota County has a safe place to go and a place to grow for years to come,” said Mr. Purmort. “I am so proud to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club Movement. This organization is truly saving and enhancing thousands of children’s lives each year.”

If you are interested in learning how your legacy can impact the lives of thousands of children across Sarasota County, please contact Michael Doyle, Vice President for Advancement, at 941-366-3911 or mdoyle@bgcsarasota.com.