Ron Bonvie, the developer behind Southport, one of the best over 55 retirement communities in MA, recently received recognition for both his business acumen and his generosity. The town of Mashpee awarded the “Thanks for Giving” award to him, and the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce awarded him with 2017 “Citizen of the Year. “
For the past 25 years, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Citizen of the Year recognition to business members of the Chamber. The recipients are those who show leadership, performance, and influence in enhancing business growth in Mashpee, while also volunteering extensively in the community. The Chamber praised Mr. Bonvie for his work in developing Southport, as well as his extensive devotion to, and involvement in, a variety of community services, charities, and other projects.
Mr. Bonvie’s extensive charitable work helped make him an easy choice for the Mashpee Human Services Committee’s Thanks for Giving award this year. From Christmas presents for those in need to a variety of fundraisers, Mr. Bonvie can always be counted on to help with both money and time.
Mr. Bonvie is proud to support a number of very worthwhile causes. In just one year, he has donated $8,000 to Heroes in Transition in order to train a service dog for a disabled veteran. When a fire at Joint Base Cape Cod destroyed a collection of donated toys last December, he was more than happy to help. Other charitable donations include Dino’s Light the Way JS Fund, helping with the Mashpee Rotary holiday lights, an ovarian cancer prevention fundraiser at Southport, and even help with funds for an employee raising money for a foster child program.
Having seen both profitable and difficult times as a developer, Mr. Bonvie doesn’t take anything for granted. He understands the role that luck and timing can play and doesn’t want people to be forced into tough choices when times are hard. His charitable donations run the gamut and include regular donations to programs and organizations such as the Southport Scholarship Foundation (which gives scholarships to Mashpee High School seniors each year); the Friends of the Mashpee Library Foundation; MSPCA; the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services; the Mashpee Kiwanis Charitable Foundation; the Mashpee Police Foundation; the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary; the Alzheimer’s Association; and the American Cancer Society.
With Mr. Bonvie’s passion for Mashpee and a wealth of charitable organizations, it’s no surprise that he would put as much care into Southport, which has become one of the most sought-after over 55 retirement communities in MA. Outstanding homes, an attractive environment, and people who share Mr. Bonvie’s sense of community and charity all make Southport a wonderful place to call home.