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DE222 Honoree: Patti Grimes

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Title: Executive Director

Workplace: Joshua M. Freeman Foundation & Carl M. Freeman Foundation

Patti Grimes

Alma Mater: James Madison University

Boards: Delaware Technical Community College, Leadership Delaware, Inc., Southern Delaware Tourism Advisory Board, Sussex County Coalition

Q&A: What’s something interesting about you that isn’t on your resume? “I love the outdoors and am an avid walker and hiker, trekking over 2,500 miles a year.”

As the leader of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation (JMFF) in Selbyville, Patti Grimes has helped to create a new live art mecca for Sussex County through the Freeman Arts Pavilion, which has hosted the likes of Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Patti LaBelle, and more in recent years. More than 750,000 people have attended the pavilion or the JMFF’s Arts Education and Community Access programs that have ventured out into the community since 2008. She also has helped oversee a capital campaign that is raising millions to build out the pavilion, bolstering the local economy. As executive director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, a private family foundation, Grimes directs millions of dollars in grants to more than 1,000 nonprofits in Sussex County and in Maryland.

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