HOLIDAY — A Pasco County philanthropic group has chosen a local nonprofit organization that helps some of this nation’s former warriors as the recipient of its donation for 2018.

The Premier 1000, a group of Pasco business professionals who decided in 2008 to pool their donations to create a bigger philanthropic impact, announced it has given $13,000 to Veterans Alternative.

The Holiday-based Veterans Alternative provides services to combat veterans and their spouses. The money from Premier 1000 will help Veterans Alternative pay for a new van to transport participants in its Accelerated Wellness Program, according to a news release from Ellie Paladine, one of the founders of the philanthropic group.

The week-long program is provided to combat veterans of all eras and their spouses or significant others at no cost to the participants. Accelerated Wellness is designed to help combat veterans overcome post-traumatic stress and transitional anxiety associated with their military service.

This is achieved through alternative therapy options such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or A.R.T., and Integrative Restoration, or iRest. In addition, yoga and music therapy, equine therapy, meditative and mindfulness workshops, massage therapy and TRZ training and conditioning are also employed.

For more information about the Veterans Alternative, visit or call 727-939-8387.

Premier 1000 derives its name from the fact that every year its members donate $1,000 each. These tax-deductible contributions are held in a donor-advised fund with the Tampa-based Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

According to its website, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is nonprofit group that connects people and resources to inspire charitable giving and create a meaningful, lasting impact on the region. It operates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The Premier 1000 members meet socially throughout the year to decide on a focus and make grant recommendations. It concentrates its donations on smaller nonprofit groups that rely heavily on volunteers.

By pooling their donations, Premier 1000 members say, they can make a bigger impact in the community. Since 2009, the Premier 1000 has donated $125,200 to Pasco nonprofit groups.

New members of Premier 1000 are welcome. For information or to contribute, visit or call 813-282-1975.