About: Community Foundation Ocala Marion County

Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey

​Breeder of Arabian Horses, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and devoted family man, Frank Hennessey of Hennessey Arabians LLC, and his wife of 47 years, Carol, have proudly called Ocala home for over five  years. A native of Massachusetts most recently from Detroit, his core philosophy centers on the premise that “there is never a good reason to do a bad thing”. He and Carol are the very proud parents of three grown children Kate, Frank Jr., and Michael.

A simple inquiry to the Chamber of Commerce – where is your local Community Foundation? – led to the formation of The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County, Inc. Tapping into the extraordinary giving and caring nature of the Ocala Marion County community, Mr. Hennessey has created a local foundation that will attract those committed to philanthropic causes and who recognize their importance in community building – providing access and resources to all non-profit entities and the vital work that they do for the betterment of all.

Executive Director Laruen DeIorio

Originally a Louisville, Kentucky native, Lauren graduated from the University of Louisville College of Business with a degree in Finance. She worked 8 years in public accounting before taking time off to start a family. As her children got older, she became involved with various local and regional non-profit organizations like the Junior League of Ocala, the Marion County Medical Society Alliance, the Florida Medical Association Alliance, Fine Arts for Ocala and the ARC Marion Foundation. During that time, she helped those organizations to restructure their finance policies and organization structure. She served on the board of directors for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County before accepting the position of Fund Development Director in November of 2011. In her current role as Executive Director of the Community Foundation, she helps to build and cultivate the relationships between potential donors and the community.

She is married to Dr. Anthony DeIorio, Jr. and has 3 children. Alessandra (20), Tony (19), and Thomas (15).