Front and Center in the Community

Posted: Jul 14, 2020

Helping to address the needs of his community is second nature to Cory Fosdyck.
“My life purpose,” he will tell you, “is to serve people and solve problems.” Besides acting as Resident Director of the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management office in Destin, he lends considerable energy and expertise to local charitable causes.

As a member of the Ascension Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Hospital Volunteer and Development Board, he provides valuable input. He also chaired Sacred Heart Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Classic at Burnt Pine Golf Club in 2019, and has agreed to co-chair 2020’s Classic.

Cory is an active participant in the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), which raises money benefitting children in need throughout Northwest Florida. He served as chairman of the DCWAF board in 2015 and again in 2019, and has enjoyed board membership for ten years.

Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Hospital is one of the recipients of auction proceeds. DCWAF’s donation one year was instrumental in helping fund expansion of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), thus providing room for a Level II NICU to be added. Cory also devoted many hours to advocating support for the NICU among his friends in the community.

Growing up, Cory’s dream was to play Division One basketball, which came true when he attended Western Illinois University on a full basketball scholarship. There he earned his Business degree and MBA.

He is passionate about continuing education, saying, “I think this is something that defines me. Every year I try to get a new certification or license.” He already possesses more accreditations than 99.9 percent of financial advisors in the country. So last year he opted for a Level One Sommelier Certificate.

Married to his high school classmate Hillary, their three children were born at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast – Family Birth Place. Cory’s hope is that, in the future, the hospital will continue its commitment to community healthcare needs. “Local contributions, donations, and support will help the hospital grow”.