The James A. Cook Humanitarian Relief Fund (Cook Fund) was established in 1994 for the purpose of providing financial assistance (Grants) to current and former members of the Florida Park Service and members of the Florida Park Service Ranger Association (Association) who have experienced financial hardship due to major medical expenses, major property loss and other similar hardships. James Cook, who retired in 1988, cared deeply for all members of the “FPS family” and served as a mentor to many.
This fund is a reflection of the Ranger Association’s purpose, as well as, the values of the individual it honors. Since its inception more than $160,000 has been distributed to nearly 200 individuals in need of financial assistance. Fundraisers such as raffles and auctions as well as donations have continued to provide funds to assist individuals and their families. The primary fundraiser for the Fund, the Arnold Kuenzler & Family Annual Auction, is held during the Annual Gathering.
The Florida Park Service Ranger Association, Inc. (EIN 90-1076487) is a Florida Not For Profit corporation and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.
The Florida Park Service Ranger Association is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services. Registration Number: CH15364. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling the toll-free, within the state, 1-800-HELP-FLA or going to Check-A-Charity. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
Mission - Supporting the Florida Park Service, while striving to perpetuate the FPS family atmosphere and provide assistance to past and present employees in need.
Vision - Perpetuate the close family atmosphere of the Florida Park Service
Motto - Family, Service, Traditions