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  • 25 Jan 2022 12:25 PM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota leader elected to statewide recycling board


    Goodwill president Donn Githens elected secretary of the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation board

    BRADENTON, FL – In early January, Goodwill Manasota president Donn Githens was elected to the executive board, as secretary, of the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation (FRPF). Githens – who is representing Goodwill Manasota and the Florida Goodwill Association in this role – will serve a two-year term.

    “I am honored to serve our community and the State of Florida on the FRPF board,” Githens said. “Goodwill was founded on sustainability principles, starting in the late 1890s, when founder Reverend Edgar J. Helms began finding salvageable materials to provide to individuals and families in need. I plan to bring these values to the table as we encourage businesses and individuals throughout the state to adopt more sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives.”

    Since its founding 120 years ago, Goodwill has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the "reduce, reuse, repurpose" practice. Locally, Goodwill adheres to these values by retrofitting and upgrading facilities to maximize energy efficiency; diverting tens of millions of pounds of goods from local landfills each year through selling, reusing and recycling donations from the community; and partnering with area salvage companies to find revenue-positive strategies for redirecting unsaleable goods. Through its current efforts, Goodwill Manasota recycles approximately 80% of what the organization collects; its ultimate goal is to recycle 100% and be at zero waste.

    The mission of the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation is to educate policy makers, business leaders and the public on the benefits of recycling. Its members believe developing and adopting sustainable business practices will promote recycling, reduce waste, and increase the reuse of materials whenever possible. Visit flrecycling.org for more information.

    For more about Goodwill Manasota, visit experiencegoodwill.org.


    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 19 Jan 2022 8:48 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota awarded three-year CARF Accreditation
    Nonprofit organization recognized for its employment and career services, work on behalf of veterans, strength of leadership, and financial stability

    BRADENTON, FL – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced Goodwill Manasota has been accredited for an additional period of three years – the highest level of accreditation CARF provides. Goodwill’s accreditation status will be in force through the end of 2024 for its employment and career services (Job Connection program).

    Goodwill’s Job Connection – a free service – is designed to help individuals obtain long-term employment or transition to better paying jobs. Through community partnerships, Goodwill matches jobless and underemployed workers with companies seeking well-trained, dependable employees. Additionally, Goodwill employs 700 team members, many of whom have self-identified barriers to employment. Goodwill team members have access to individual coaching as well as on-the-clock education and training to help them achieve career and life success.

    Goodwill’s CARF “report card” included the following highlights:

    • Goodwill provides very high-quality, effective, and culturally relevant employment and career center services that are highly valued by customers, employers and the wider community.
    • Goodwill clearly values all its team members and provides a wide menu of opportunities for personal and professional growth within the organization that have increased job retention significantly.
    • By self-funding its mission services through income generated through its social enterprise business units, the organization has a unique flexibility to meet the community’s employment-related needs without the restrictions often associated with government funding. The CARF report described the board of directors and professional leadership team as being “both visionary and fiscally prudent to ensure that services are sustainable.”
    • Many deep and meaningful partnerships exist with community organizations that provide multiple support programs so that customers are able to experience a seamless service delivery system that addresses their needs.
    • Both the leadership and team members demonstrate a strong understanding of, and passion for, the mission of the organization and the customers served.

    The report also referenced Goodwill Manasota’s planning and preparation for this summer’s leadership transition, as 50-year Goodwill veteran and current CEO Bob Rosinsky retires, and current president Donn Githens assumes the titles of president and CEO. It also praised the organization’s work on behalf of veterans, through the American Veterans and Their Families initiative, and commended mitigation efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We are honored to have, once again, earned CARF accreditation for our employment and career services,” said Goodwill Manasota board chair Steve Boone. “Despite the challenges over the past few years, we remain committed to the well-being and success of our team members, along with anyone in the community who truly wants an opportunity to overcome obstacles to employment and self-sufficiency.”

    CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body of health and human services. CARF’s mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. Founded in 1966, as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body works to develop and maintain current, field-driven standards that improve the value and responsiveness of the programs and services delivered to people in need of life enhancement services.

    For more about Goodwill Manasota, visit ExperienceGoodwill.org.

    Photo ID: Goodwill Manasota GoodPartner Coach Dana Knuuti (left) with team member Dennis Burton; all Goodwill team members have access to individual coaching to help them achieve life and career success

    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 18 Jan 2022 8:42 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

     We are pleased to announce that Telese L. Zuberer has succeeded Robert G. Lyons as the law firm’s president. The change in leadership is the first in 23 years, and Zuberer is the first female to hold the position.

    Lyons, who joined Icard Merrill in 1986, has been at the helm of the firm since 1999. He will continue his highly accomplished and expansive mediation and arbitration practice at the firm’s Sarasota headquarters. “This is a special opportunity to hand over the role to someone who possesses the same vision and values that have served as our firm’s foundation for almost seven decades. Finding the right people to lead your organization is critical to future success. I’m confident in Telese’s ability to undertake this challenge and take us to the next level.”

    Zuberer co-founded and operated McKay Law Firm, P.A., for 13 years before joining Icard Merrill as a shareholder in 2017. The move to Icard Merrill, with a larger firm infrastructure and framework, allowed tremendous growth for her community association law practice.

    “As we move into our 70th year, I am excited to use my leadership and work experience to facilitate the firm’s continued growth along all business lines,” expressed Zuberer. “We have an outstanding team that is unified in their vision for the future. We are dedicated to caring for our staff, providing a first-class experience for our clients, and continuing our notable legacy of community service.”

    After 40 years of experience handling scores of jury trials through verdict, Lyons current practice focuses on mediation and arbitration. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit-Civil Mediator for mediation in all Florida Circuit Courts as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is also qualified to serve as a court ordered, non-binding arbitrator and voluntary binding arbitrator. He holds the AV® Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named to both The Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers. He received his J.D. from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

    Zuberer’s practice focuses on representing not-for-profit community associations, including condominium associations, homeowners’ associations, voluntary community associations, and commercial and business associations. Telese was named to the list of 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and holds the AV® Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She served as president for the West Florida Chapter of Community Association Institute (CAI) in 2009 and served on the board of directors for six years before being reelected for another three-year term commencing in 2018. Zuberer regularly teaches continuing education courses for community association managers, serves as the guest speaker for numerous organizations, and authors articles for various publications. She received her J.D. from University of Miami School of Law in 1999, and her LL.M. in real property development in 2000.

    Icard Merrill, which opened its first office in Sarasota in 1953, also has offices in Lakewood Ranch, Punta Gorda, and St. Petersburg.


  • 14 Jan 2022 11:16 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota provides free room for dance program
    Local community member organizes and funds dance class for children with disabilities; Goodwill provides free space at Honore location

    SARASOTA, FL – Local community member Deanna Williams had enough on her plate. Her husband – who recently passed away – was under hospice care, and she, her daughter and 6-year-old granddaughter have disabilities. In the midst of her own struggles, she found the time to organize and is contributing her own money to support weekly dance classes for children, ages 6-12, who have disabilities.

    Williams’ granddaughter loves to dance and has developed some skills but Williams can’t afford to send her to any established local programs. She decided to try and offer free classes for children like her granddaughter. Williams engaged a volunteer instructor who is currently teaching ballet and ballroom dance. While she has been happy to cover most of the costs related to the class – including clothing, toys and dance items such as a balance beam and barre (both of which she found at area Goodwill stores) – she wasn’t confident she could take on room rentals as well. So she reached out to Margie Genter, vice president of mission services at Goodwill, with a heartfelt request for assistance.

    “I just want children to feel the healing power of the arts and give those who are suffering a chance,” Williams wrote. “The dance class will encourage them to have fellowship and enjoy moving their bodies.”

    Genter worked with Williams to determine which day and time, and location, might work best for current and future participants. The first offering was on October 27, 2021. Currently, there are several children enjoying dance classes at Goodwill’s Honore location on Wednesday afternoons but more would be welcomed.

    “For more than two decades, Goodwill Manasota has been pleased to provide free community meeting places, to meet the needs of specific areas and the residents who live there,” said Genter. “As an employer of and advocate for individuals with disabilities, we know they don’t always have the same access to recreational activities like this one. We hope this program will grow and thrive as more community members learn about it!”

    By providing comfortable spaces and offering free educational, cultural and social activities designed to meet the needs of local residents, Goodwill hopes to help to create a stronger, safer, more vibrant and better-connected community. Additionally, Goodwill has expanded the program over the years to offer classes and seminars through strategic alliances between Goodwill and other organizations and businesses.

    The dance classes are free and open to the public. To learn more or get a child involved, call Williams at 941-313-0892 or email vohag@live.com.


  • 12 Jan 2022 2:08 PM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    CONDITIONED AIR ANNOUNCES SENIOR LEADERSHIP TRANSITION TO ACCOMMODATE FUTURE GROWTH ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

    NAPLES, FL. – Conditioned Air Company, the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 400 employees across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties, announced a senior leadership transition to direct the next phase of growth at the company both organically and through strategic acquisitions.

    Greg Johnson has been named Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Johnson is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of executive experience in the service industry. In this role, he will be responsible for driving results through talent development, long-term strategy, technology planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

    “We are pleased to welcome Greg to our team,” said long-time Board member Theo Etzel, III. “His proven track record and leadership skills will be essential as we continue to build Conditioned Air into the HVAC provider of choice in Southwest Florida with an unending commitment to exceptional customer service and employee satisfaction.”

    One of Johnson’s first priorities at Conditioned Air is building the organization’s greatest asset, its dedicated employees, with recent additions to the current senior leadership team. Most members of the newly formed team have been promoted from within. They include:

    • Jeff Zanella, Senior Vice President of Service
    • Jon Kunz, Senior Vice President of Construction Services
    • Mike Escobar, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration
    • Blanca Beauchamp, Director of Human Resources
    • Henry Fear, Director of Supply Chain and Logistics
    • Tim Jones, Director of Marketing

    “Conditioned Air is an outstanding organization with more than 60 years of reliable customer service and loyal community support in Southwest Florida,” Johnson said. “I am honored about the opportunity to build upon that legacy and take this company to the next level as we meet the repair and installation needs of home and business owners.”

    In Johnson’s new role, he also will tap his experience of strategic acquisitions to help identify potential mergers and acquisitions with like-minded organizations in the region.

    Johnson’s career began in the HVAC Service business more than 30 years ago. For the past 21 years, he has been the CEO/President of multiple service organizations in various industries. His background and philosophy of employees first and high-quality customer service have been a hallmark of his leadership and success at each of these organizations.

    Originally from Colorado, Johnson earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship, finance and international management from the University of Colorado. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University, specializing in energy management, aeronautic and industrial engineering.

    Johnson brings a deep background in mergers and acquisitions, accomplishing more than 50 private transactions in his career. He has developed organizations led by teams that have all been responsible for each organization’s success. It is anticipated that the next phase of growth at Conditioned Air will benefit from his leadership and team approach.

    Founded in 1962, Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. The firm has earned numerous honors, including the 2010 National Residential Contractor of the Year Award from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and the prestigious Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation in 2011.

    For additional information, call 239-643-2445 or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


  • 10 Jan 2022 8:49 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations in Florida that Feb. 10 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans due to rain, flooding, winds, and tropical storm on Nov. 7-13, 2020.

    The loans are available in the counties of Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Saint Lucie and Sarasota in Florida.

    Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, and ranchers.

    The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3 percent for small businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s and should apply under SBA declaration # 16999, not for the COVID-19 incident.

    Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan application forms can be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than Feb. 10, 2022.


  • 05 Jan 2022 9:30 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    SARASOTA-LAKEWOOD RANCH - Sarasota-Manatee travel lovers are invited to meet with and hear presentations from top-rated luxury travel suppliers at the 2nd annual Sarasota Luxury Travel Forum. The free event will be held at The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota from 4-7:30 p.m.

    “People want to go on vacation after the last two years of dealing with uncertainty,” noted Marc Bokoff. “They want personal attention from both their travel supplier and their professional travel advisor to ensure that all goes smoothly. Trying to organize a vacation oneself as the world works its way forward is fraught with challenges. Having a knowledgeable and experienced advisor is key to having a worry-free vacation.” Bokoff has decades of experience with land vacations, cruises, resorts, destination weddings, and group travel.

    This year’s Luxury Travel Forum promises to be extremely informational, with a dozen of the industry’s most respected brands – including land, sea, river, and rail suppliers – in attendance. Guests will enjoy refreshments while they consider options for their next vacation, taking advantage of specials and discounts exclusive to Bokoff’s clients.

    “Our guests will be treated to a wide array of travel suppliers,” said Marc Bokoff, “with companies known throughout the industry for their high-quality offerings and customer service.” The forum gives guests a chance to speak one-on-one with travel representatives as well as hear short presentations about travel-related topics, from bucket list destinations like Antarctica, to North American luxury train journeys, to river cruising at home and abroad, to custom-designed vacations and more.

    Travel companies represented at the Forum include: Abercrombie & Kent, American Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Kensington Tours, Lindblad Expeditions, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Rocky Mountaineer, Scenic Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises, and Uniworld River Cruises.

    Registration is requested. For more information and to register, visit www.bookthatescape.com/SRQLuxuryTravel.


  • 21 Dec 2021 9:17 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Rebecca Morgan honors her late mother through ‘Sue’s Backpacks’ donation to Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services program

    On December 13, representatives from the Sara DeSoto Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution dropped off 50 backpacks and plentiful supplies for homeless veterans at the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services office (8490 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota).

    The donation comes as part of the “Sue’s Backpacks” program of the DAR, spearheaded by member Rebecca Morgan in honor of her late mother, Sue Harris, who led a similar effort through her DAR chapter in another state. Morgan organized the first “Sue’s Backpacks” effort here locally in 2017.

    Items that were donated along with the backpacks include handmade blankets, clothing items (such as socks, underwear and T-shirts), baby wipes, razors, deodorant and body spray, can openers, gift cards for food, rain ponchos, and snacks like crackers or Slim Jims. The Veterans Services team will tailor each backpack for the veterans’ individual needs and preferences.

    The mission of the DAR – whose members must be able to trace their genealogy back to an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary Way – is “God, Home and Country.” Rebecca notes the chapters focus on historic preservation, education and patriotism and says that helping veterans is an area of strong focus.

    “We want everybody to have a good Christmas,” Morgan says. “Veterans put their lives on the line for our country; I feel like this is the least we could do.”

    Community members who wish to support the “Sue’s Backpacks” effort are invited to reach out to Morgan at fldarpatriot@aol.com.

    Goodwill’s Veterans and Their Families Program was created in 2013 to help veterans reintegrate into their families, communities and jobs. The program – which is staffed by veterans – provides comprehensive case management and vocational services, networking opportunities, and assistance in navigating the wide array of available social service programs. For more information, visit experiencegoodwill.org/impact/veterans-program.

  • 21 Dec 2021 9:11 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Children First staff member Bonnie Eskell and the agency’s entire Diamond Circle were honored for their incredible contributions to our community at the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards.

    As a long-time employee, Bonnie serves as an Early Learning Inclusion Coordinator on the agency’s Comprehensive Services team, working to provide support to every child enrolled in the program with a diagnosed disability. Disabilities can include, but are not limited to, developmental delays, autism, or sensory processing disorder. She previously served as site Manager of Children First’s main campus, the Dr. Elaine Marieb Center in Sarasota, where she helped lead more than 40 staff in serving nearly 150 children and their families across 11 classrooms. 

    As part of Children First’s 60th anniversary celebration, key supporters came forth with the idea to present a challenge match to our community, resulting in the formation of the Diamond Circle. Their leadership and generosity put forth a challenge of a collective $1,060,000 that inspired our broader community to raise more than $2.3MM in support and recognition of the thousands of children and families whose life stories have been changed over the past 60 years and continue to be changed as part of the Children First family.

    The key philanthropists comprising the Diamond Circle membership include: two anonymous donors providing gifts totaling just over $300,000; individuals, couples and foundations providing gifts of $60,000 each including: Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Dawn and Mitchell Epstein, Julie and Brock Leach, Joan and Dr. Bart Levenson, Katherine and Frank Martucci, Elenor Maxheim in loving memory of John Maxheim, Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Leslie and Dick Rivera, Gaye and Jack Schwarz, and Karen Solem in loving memory of Charles Forman; couples joining together to form Diamond Circles with combined gifts from $20,000 to $30,000 including: John Bean and Alexandra Jupin, Lisa and John Giglio, Carol and Richard Kalikow, and Bob and Lin Williams; and couples and individuals comprising a Diamond Circle with gifts from $10,000 including: Alison and Howie Madsen, Jo and Stan Rutstein, Mike Rutstein, and CEO Philip Tavill.

    “Bonnie and the members of the Diamond Circle were recognized as ambassadors of the incredible spirit of giving back in our region, as well as for their significant impact in realizing the Children First vision. We are deeply grateful for this steadfast support that keeps our mission moving forward each day,” says CEO Philip Tavill. “Having just celebrated my 25th anniversary in my role as CEO, I’ve had the unique aspect of seeing the incredibly heavy lifting required in maintain our high level of service. Many hands make light work, and Bonnie and our Diamond Circle members are the key drivers that inspire our community to continue going above and beyond for our children and families.”


  • 08 Dec 2021 3:21 PM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL, December 8, 2021 –Blake Medical Center is pleased to announce the hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) R. Lee Biggs, DO, MPH, CPE, FACOG.  Dr. Biggs joined the hospital Monday, December 6.

    “I am excited to welcome Dr. Biggs to our Blake family. His strong foundation of quality and clinical excellence, vision, and leadership will be tremendous assets to our collective work in providing the very best possible care for those we are privileged to serve,” says Steve Nierman, CEO and President of Blake Medical Center. 

    Before joining Blake, Dr. Biggs served as the CMO of Trident Health in Charleston, South Carolina in HCA Healthcare’s South Atlantic Division. Prior to Trident Health, he served as CMO for HCA Healthcare’s Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Indiana.   

    Dr. Briggs is a well-respected physician executive with a strong track record of partnering with other physicians and caregivers to deliver superior patient care,” explains Sebastian Strom, MD, MBA, FACHE, HCA Healthcare West Florida Division CMO. “We are excited that he is joining our leadership team at Blake Medical Center.”

    Dr. Biggs is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and had a 26-year career as a Captain in the U.S. Navy and practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist before joining HCA Healthcare. While in the Navy, he had assignments at sea and tours of duty in Italy, Virginia, South Carolina, Afghanistan, Guam, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

    He attained his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from George Washington University and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Dr. Biggs has maintained professional certification with the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (FACOG) and the American Association for Physician Leadership/American College of Physician Executives (CPE).

     

    In his clinical and leadership roles he has served as a Chief Clinical Officer, Medical Staff President, Director for Surgical Services, and Department Chair of Obstetrics. He has championed and led innovation in physician development, process improvement, quality, and patient safety. In 2010, he received the Department of Defense Patient Safety Award for advances in Obstetrical and Team-Centered Care.

    Dr. Biggs recently relocated to the Bradenton area with his wife Marie and their 12-year-old Airedale Terrier Aires. He and Marie have a son Sean who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a daughter Laura completing college at the University of California – San Diego.

    Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, Level II Trauma Center and one of only six designated Burn Center programs in the state.  The hospital serves patients in Manatee County and along Florida’s West Coast with an array of services including a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Heart and Vascular Center, Complex Hand Repair and Microsurgery program, and Joint Replacement and Spine Center.  The hospital’s Graduate Medical Education includes Internal Medicine Residency and Transitional Year programs.


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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