proclamationThe meeting started with Mayor Bill Ribble presenting a proclamation to Mike Beebe representing the Bridge Fund, which is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt charity.  The charity was founded in 2012 by a small group of residents of Pelican Landing and The Colony who were concerned that some neighbors were experiencing short-term financial crises with no place to turn.  The Bridge Fund works in collaboration with a network of over 40 charity and school partners to identify and respond to short term, immediate financial crises.  (