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  • 13 Nov 2018 8:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Hall Architects of Sarasota has hired two Designers, each with over 30 years of experience in architectural design, project management and construction administration.

    Christopher Wenzel brings expertise with developing technical documents for a wide range of facility programming building types including educational institutions, sports facilities, correctional facilities and medical buildings. He also has extensive historic preservation experience in evaluating historic structures and implementing restoration and rehabilitation goals.  Mr. Wenzel studied facility programming in the Florida A&M School of Architecture Master of Architecture program, and holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, College of Architecture.

    Douglas Driscoll has worked in both the public and private sectors as a project manager for architectural and engineering practices. He brings extensive knowledge of materials, systems, product analysis and a comprehensive understanding of local codes and regulations. Mr. Driscoll has a host of technical capabilities including practical experience working on projects with sustainable goals.  He attended Manatee Community College and the University of South Florida.


  • 08 Nov 2018 11:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Lakewood Ranch, FL, November 8, 2018 – Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

    “It’s very rewarding to receive consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grades.” says Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “Our entire team here at the hospital is committed to continually providing superior quality patient care, and we are honored by this distinction.”

    “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Lakewood Ranch Medical Center that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

    Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

    About The Leapfrog Group

    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

    About Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is an acute care hospital providing patients access to a medical staff of more than 550 physicians and allied health professionals who practice in a comprehensive range of specialties, and who use the hospital's advanced medical technology. In addition to an emergency department (ER) that serves individuals of all ages 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the hospital offers a range of services including Orthopedics, Breast Health, Surgery, Cardiovascular, Childbirth, Imaging/Radiology, Physical Therapy, Stroke and Cerebrovascular, Sleep as well as Wound Healing and Hyperbaric medicine.  To learn more about the hospital and why we're recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the nation by the Leapfrog group, visit www.LakewoodRanchMedicalCenter.com .


  • 07 Nov 2018 10:33 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Recently, Everglades University - Sarasota Campus and Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program partnered on a donation drive to benefit area veterans. Through October, Everglades students, staff and faculty collected business clothes for donation to Goodwill's "Suits for Vets" effort to provide appropriate attire for veterans searching for a job - or seeking a better job.


  • 07 Nov 2018 10:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Conditioned Air Company of Naples received the Southern Business Unit (SBU) Outstanding Achievement Award at the Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer Meeting on October 29th in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was one of just three Florida firms to earn the honor and the only one from Naples to Sarasota. The SBU Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes Conditioned Air as the largest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company in its market, utilizing state-of-the-art inverter-driven intelligent systems as the future of the industry and home automation. Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 375 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.


  • 01 Nov 2018 10:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    All Faiths Food Bank is collaborating with Ringling college students to creatively raise awareness of hunger in our community.

    The Lazarus Internship Program at Ringling College of Art and Design created a video and mural to help illustrate and communicate the work the food bank does. The Lazarus Program offers selected student engagement in immersive service-oriented experience proving leadership, development and collaborative opportunities.

    “All Faiths Food Bank is honored to be able to work with such talented individuals. It was a pleasure to create these pieces with them that capture what we do so beautifully. We’re very grateful to the Lazarus Program for connecting us with them.” said Communications Manager, Elodie McCartney Ward.

    During the projects the students immersed themselves in the world of food banking by learning about hunger in Sarasota and Desoto counties and the process behind how food arrives at the food bank and is distributed out in the community.


  • 29 Oct 2018 9:15 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

                   

    When:   Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:30 pm hors-d'oeuvres, beer, win, 7:00 pm Show

    Where:   Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota FL 34240

    Tickets:   $100 (includes hors-d’oeuvres, beer, wine and show)

    Online: https://bit.ly/soldiershow

    Via Eventbrite: https://harvesthousesrq.eventbrite.com

    Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/481500045667667/

    By phone: (941) 953-3154 x 162

     

    Experienced stage, film, and television actor, Douglas Taurel, performs and tours his powerful solo play The American Soldier. Based on real stories and factual accounts from soldier and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan, it examines the struggles that soldiers and their families face when returning home from combat.

     

    In 75 minutes, enhanced by an interplay of sound and lights, Taurel enters into the personas of 14 veterans and their family members, telling their story of courage and sacrifice. The American Soldier is a journey through the American story, with moments that resound with lasting meaning for both audiences old enough to remember and those young enough to yearn for inspiration.

     

    The American Soldier has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence, received 4 stars internationally, performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress twice, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Military Times, and Time Out.

     

    This fundraiser is made possible by the following sponsors: Keith & Linda Monda, Fay & Jerry Bainbridge, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Charles & Margery Barancik FoundationGold Coast Eagle Distributing, and Sabal Palm Bank.

     

    "Onstage Taurel commits totally to his characters…flawlessly and powerful”

    - The Huffington Post

     

    “Taurel gives each voice a sensitive, moving presence…he is utterly believable”

    - British Theatre Guide

     

    About Harvest House

    Harvest House has been a human services provider in Sarasota County since 1992 starting with just 6 beds for men in recovery. We now provide supportive housing for homeless families, veterans, youth ages 18-24, and adults with a history of homelessness and incarceration due to substance abuse with 415 beds across 9 campuses and 25 affordable rentals throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

    The Veterans Empowered through Transitional Services (VETS) program was created in 2011 to address the unique needs of Veterans. VETS assists male veterans who have struggled with emotional trauma and substance abuse after their service by offering housing set in a therapeutic community, recovery and life skill classes, and case management services. Since 2010, Harvest House has served over 200 veterans with transitional housing and support services. 
    http://harvesthousecenters.org/programs/veteran-services/

     

    About Douglas Taurel

    Taurel has been nominated for an Innovative Theater Award and Amnesty International Award. He’s appeared in numerous television shows including Mr. Robot, The Americans, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Following, Damages, NYC 22, Believe, and Nurse Jackie. In the indie world he has appeared in numerous films, including The Cobbler (starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman directed by Tom McCarthy), Delivery at the HBO Latin Films Festival and the upcoming The Kindergarten Teacher (starring Maggie Gyllenhall and directed by Sara Conlangelo). Taurel was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write and perform his second solo show, An American Soldier’s Journey Home, which commemorates the ending of the First World War and tells the story of Irving Greenwald, a soldier in the 308 Regiment and part of the Lost Battalion. He performed the play twice at the Library of Congress on Veterans Day and Memorial Day of 2017. He’s recently finished filming the Web TV Series Landing Home, which he wrote and directed. It tells the story of a veteran having a hard time to adjusting out of the military.

    Mr. Taurel is available for interviews. To arrange interviews and press seats for review, please contact: Douglas Taurel (917) 734 4570 douglas@douglastaurel.com


  • 29 Oct 2018 9:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    A $10,000 SunTrust Foundation grant funds creation of mobile app to help users become more financially savvy while tracking their finances

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – With the support of a grant of $10,000 last year from SunTrust Foundation, Goodwill Manasota has launched an app called “Show Me the Good Money,” which will help users develop the skills needed to successfully manage personal finances and transition from poverty to economic independence. The app, which is free, is available at the Google Play store by searching “Show Me the Good Money.” SunTrust Foundation and Goodwill Manasota are pleased to continue to promote and expand the reach of existing financial literacy training for low- and moderate-income workers as well as adolescents in the community. 

    With the dramatic increase in the use of mobile technology in all age groups, apps offer a quick, easy and engaging way to gain financial knowledge for users of all ages. With the “Good Money” app, Goodwill has focused on learning areas including “Checkbook 101,” wealth accumulation, and managing savings. It covers a wide range of topics that will keep users on top of their money and better understand the consequences of their financial decisions.

    “We know that employment is just the first step in the long road to financial security. If someone has never learned how to budget or been taught financial literacy, the chances for self-sufficiency are greatly reduced,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We appreciate the support of generous partners like the SunTrust Foundation as we strive for innovative ways to strengthen, employ, and educate our community in all areas related to employment and financial management.” 

    According to the Finance Project, a nonprofit firm specializing in sustainability strategies, changes in personal finances such as decreased personal savings, increased debt, the advent of welfare reform, an increasingly diverse population that may not be familiar with the U.S. financial system, and new technologies have illuminated the need for personal financial management. It reports, “Workers lack the knowledge and tools necessary to make educated decisions related to budgeting, savings, and investments.”

    Research has demonstrated the positive impact of financial literacy training on low- and moderate-income workers and young adults, finding that the majority of program participants changed the way they budgeted and paid bills. As part of its efforts to help its employees reach their professional and personal goals, Goodwill Manasota has offered on-the-clock financial literacy training to its employees for over a decade.

    SunTrust Foundation has provided support for Goodwill’s financial literacy programs for the past few years. The grants have been used to launch an internal financial literacy pilot program and then increase the reach and impact of the financial literacy coach at Goodwill, with the goal of helping participants better understand topics such as credit counseling, online banking and consumer credit. 

    “On behalf of the SunTrust Foundation, we’re thrilled to partner with Goodwill Manasota to launch this innovative personal finance app," said Tim Schar, Tampa Bay market president for SunTrust Bank. "SunTrust has had a long-standing partnership with Goodwill to deliver financial literacy and career development skills. Together, we share a purpose of helping everyone in our community achieve financial confidence."

    For more information about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.

    PHOTO ID: Tim Schar (center) of SunTrust Bank with Pavitra Ciavardone (left) and Gray Videnka of Goodwill Manasota

    About Goodwill Manasota

    Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2017, Goodwill Manasota served 11,672 people, placed 555 people in jobs, assisted 360 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce, and provided 19,540 hours of on-the-clock training for its employees. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 41 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.

    About SunTrust Foundation

    The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than$128 million throughout the United States.


  • 25 Oct 2018 10:36 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    (Bradenton, FL) – The Force, an eight-student band spanning grades 8-12, created to tell the story about Take Stock in Children through music, will give their first performance at Defying Gravity, a special event benefitting the organization on November 16 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

    “The Force is a great group formed by our Take Stock scholars – talented, academically outstanding and eager to be engaged in our community and give back,” said Jamie Serino, the executive director of Take Stock.

    The Force has been working on lyrics, song arrangements and vocals with professional musician and winner of the Naumburg Award, Chris Trakas, a metropolitan opera principal artist.  The Force will be supported musically by the professional jazz orchestra, the Tom Kats Express.  Stacie Cratty, dance teacher at Haile Middle School, is collaborating with the students on choreography.

    “Defying Gravity is about our scholars rising high and defying the barriers that they face to obtain a post-secondary education. The program works: Our Take Stock scholars out compete all Florida students in high school and college graduation rates. Now that is Defying Gravity.”

    “This event is also a platform for Take Stock in Children to punctuate our desire to engage and develop deep partnerships with the Manatee Community through our new Workforce Initiative; with 185 graduates and another 100 Take Stock scholars on track to graduate in the next two to three years, we have a vision of how we can give back, be a force for good and help fill the workforce needs right in our own backyard.”

    According to Serino, when a student is first accepted into the program, Take Stock provides a mentor and college scholarship. Take Stock scholars in turn commit to maintaining academic and behavior standards.

    “Since its inception, our success model has always been providing a mentor and scholarship together. As mentors, we ask ourselves what else we can do to prepare them for the future,” said Serino. “Strengthening the ties with our business community will help our scholars learn transferable soft skills like teambuilding, problem solving, and compromise.” 

    Features of Defying Gravity include an hors d’oeuvres reception within the Kiwanis Hall,  presentation and program in the MPAC auditorium, and dessert and dancing in the lobby. Music mentor Chris Trakas and Nashville recording artist Dylan Taylor will also give live performances. 

    Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide an opportunity for a post-secondary education for academically and financially qualified students.  All scholarship dollars stay local and are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid Foundation.
     
    “Defying Gravity” will take place on Friday evening, November 16, at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton starting at 6:30 pm. Table sponsorships are available; businesses that sponsor a table will be awarded the benefits of membership in the Corporate Partnership program. For more information, contact Jamie Serino at (941) 751-6550 x 2120. To attend Defying Gravity, RSVP on line for tickets at www.takestockmanatee.org/defying-gravity.

  • 25 Oct 2018 10:35 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    October 19, 2018

    How a Summer Internship Became a Workforce Initiative

    (Bradenton, FL) - A funny thing happened this summer. An internship turned into an idea for tackling workforce needs.

    Giancarlo Gamboa-Barrios, a Take Stock scholar, interned at Sunz Insurance this summer after graduating from high school.
    Gamboa-Barrios liked the insurance business and the company liked him;  he is now working part-time while he completes his degree at State College of Florida. 

    Gamboa-Barrios was accepted in the Take Stock in Children of Manatee County in 8th grade; he maintained rigorous academic and behavior standards in order to keep the scholarship and mentor provided to him upon acceptance. Gamboa-Barrios met with his mentor weekly throughout high school; The Take Stock scholarship now covers the cost of his education; the job with Sunz covers his living expenses.

    “By the time Giancarlo finishes his post-secondary education, he’ll be workforce-ready and positioned for a career in business,” said Jamie Serino, executive director of Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. “With 185 Take Stock alumni and more on track to graduate high school this year, we started talking to the business community about how we could cultivate more win-win experiences like this.”

    After joining the Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Area EDC, and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, and hearing about the community’s workforce needs, Serino shaped Take Stock’s Workforce Initiative.   

    The Initiative will enable members of the business community to be more involved in nurturing and shaping the upcoming workforce. Serino envisions Take Stock scholars having opportunities to tour workplace facilities, do internships, and apply for jobs with area businesses. A Corporate Partnership Program has been developed to support the new initiative.

    Take Stock will be talking more about the Workforce Initiative at Defying Gravity on November 16 at the at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton starting at 6:30 pm. Sponsorships are available; businesses that sponsor a table will be eligible for a Corporate Partnership. For more information, contact Jamie Serino at (941) 751-6550 x 2120. To attend Defying Gravity, RSVP on line for tickets at www.takestockmanatee.org/defying-gravity.

    “Take Stock leads the state in high school and college graduation rates; this kind of work ethic translates easily to the working world; it gives the business community the confidence to work with our scholars and alumni,” said Serino. “I envision Take Stock scholars bringing a pipeline of talent to our community that can stay in our community.”

    Take Stock in Children of Manatee County mission:  Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide an opportunity for a post-secondary education for academically and financially qualified students.  All scholarship dollars stay local and are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid Foundation.
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    Interviews available. Contact Suzanne Dameron at 941 809 3247 and suzanne@thinklime.biz.
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    What: Defying Gravity: A Take Stock Galactic Launch, is a fundraising event for Take Stock in Children of Manatee County

    When: Friday, November 16, 2018; 6:30 pm

    Where: Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton, FL 34205

    Why: A benefit for Take Stock scholars that will introduce the Workforce Initiative and Corporate Partnership Program

    Event Features: (6:30 pm) Reception in the Bradenton Kiwanis Hall with Hors d’oeuvres
    (7:30 pm) Dinner and Program with live performance by TheForce, the Take Stock band

    (8:30 pm) Dessert Reception & Dancing in the lobby

  • 19 Oct 2018 1:05 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch’s Brad and Shawn Cranston were recently recognized as the 2018 Franchisees of the Year by the printing and shipping company PostNet. The Cranstons were honored for outstanding business performance and contribution to the PostNet franchise system. The couple has owned Lakewood Ranch’s PostNet franchise for eight years. PostNet was founded in 1993 and now includes nearly 700 locations in 11 countries.

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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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