History

  • 1969: Ted Kheel and group of 40 partners purchase approximately 30 square miles of undeveloped land in the eastern Dominican Republic.

  • 1970: Frank Rainieri (Dominican entrepreneur), Ted Kheel and partners began the development of the tourism project.

  • 1971: Puntacana Resort & Club (PCRC) builds first “resort” of 10 beach cottages and clubhouse, dedication attended by President Balaguer.

  • 1972: PCRC builds first elementary school in Punta Cana.

  • 1977: Club Mediterranee purchases parcel of land from Puntacana Resort & Club.

  • 1980: Club Med opens hotel in Punta Cana.

  • 1984: Inauguration of the Punta Cana International Airport with first flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • 1987: PCRC builds new Puntacana Resort & Club using thatch-roof constructions and low-impact sustainable architecture.

  • 1988: Formation of the not-for-profit Puntacana Ecological Foundation (FEPC) with donation of 1,500 acres of land for ecological park and reserve (incorporation follows in 1994).

  • 1992: Puntacana Ecological Foundation launches first sustainable agriculture initiative in Punta Cana (Fruit Tree Garden).

  • 1996: Puntacana Foundation organized the first Concert at the Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia in the town of Higüey performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

  • 1997: Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta join Kheel and Rainieri as PCRC major partners and build first homes in Corales development.

  • 1998: PCRC founds a second not-for-profit organization, Puntacana Foundation (FPC) to develop social and community programs in the region.

  • 2000: FPC founds bilingual, private school Puntacana International School (PCIS).

  • 2001: FEPC and PCRC create Puntacana Center for Sustainability to develop research and education programs that create solutions to the environmental and social challenges facing tourism industry.

  • 2004: Puntacana Foundation founds the public Ann and Ted Kheel Polytechnic School.

  • 2004: Puntacana Ecological Foundation launches Puntacana Partnership for Ecological Sustainable Coastal Areas (PESCA).

  • 2005: Puntacana Foundation makes its first commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative

  • 2005: Puntacana Foundation Launch of co-management of Rural Clinic of Veron.

  • 2005: Puntacana Foundation inaugurates the Puntacana Art Gallery jointly to Fundacion Igneri

  • 2006: Puntacana Resort & Club becomes founding member of RENAEPA, the National Network for Businesses that Protect the Environment in the Dominican Republic, now known as ECORED.

  • 2006: Grupo Puntacana Foundation held the first medical mission together with Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)

  • 2007: Grupo Puntacana becomes a member of the United Nations Global Compact.

  • 2007: Puntacana Ecological Foundation launches Zero Waste, integrated solid waste management system for Puntacana Resort & Club.

  • 2008: Puntacana Foundation build and equip a Police Station to the community of Verón

  • 2008: Puntacana Foundation launches “Carnaval de Punta Cana”.

  • 2009: Puntacana Ecological Foundation launches beekeeping and worm-composting projects.

  • 2009: FEPC signs collaborative agreement with The Peregrine Fund to conserve the endangered Ridgway’s Hawk.

  • 2009: FEPC and FPC sign a collaborative agreement with Save the Children to develop community programs in the town of Veron.

  • 2010: Puntacana Foundation launches the Marine Archeological Project to locate and rescue archeologically valuable pieces from the sea for exhibition.

  • 2011: Puntacana Foundation hold the first Visual Surgical Mission together with Instituto de Ciencias Visuales de España (Incivi) among other partners

  • 2012: PCRC and FEPC achieve Presidential Decree naming coastal area of Puntacana Resort & Club and Cap Cana as “Marine Protected Area.”

  • 2014: Puntacana Foundation launches the social program Grupo Puntacana Works with the Community.

  • 2014: Puntacana Foundation launches the Our lady of Punta Cana Craft Workshop

  • 2015: Puntacana Foundation launches the housing project Ciudad Caracolí.

  • 2016: Puntacana Ecological Foundation and Puntacana Foundation merge.

  • 2017: Foundation inaugurated the Oscar de la Renta Pediatric Center facilities. The Center will provide primary health care to more than 15,000 disadvantaged children from local communities.