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  • 28 Jul 2021 11:52 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota names new president

    After nationwide search, Goodwill promotes longtime vice president Donn Githens to succeed 50-year Goodwill veteran Bob Rosinsky at the helm

     

    SARASOTA, FL – After a comprehensive nationwide search by a committee appointed by the organization’s board, Goodwill Industries Manasota has named a new president to succeed longtime leader Bob Rosinsky. Donn Githens, who has served as Goodwill Manasota’s vice president of operations since 2015 and worked within the Goodwill system since 2006, has been named the organization’s new president, assuming his new role as of July 1 of this year.

    Rosinsky will remain as CEO until his retirement in June 2022, assisting Githens and the Board with strategic planning, organizational development, project management and the transition. Upon his retirement, Githens will become president and CEO.

                   In his former role, Githens was responsible for the successful execution of GIMI’s mission integrated donated goods retail operation, including retail stores, attended donation centers, transportation, purchasing, donated goods donor development, and post-retail operations as well as technical assistance, training, and leadership development. In recent years, he also assumed oversight of marketing and communications, real estate, facility maintenance, property management, and mission development activities in support of other Goodwill groups across the country.

    Before joining Goodwill Manasota, he held the titles of director of transportation and attended donation centers and regional director of retail operations at Goodwill of North Georgia (Atlanta) for several years. Before that, he was the director of retail operations for the Southern District of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers.

    Githens earned his MBA at Ashford University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Senior Leadership Program and the University of Georgia-Fanning Institute’s Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO). 

    “While we conducted a rigorous national search for the best possible leadership to guide Goodwill Manasota into the future, we were admittedly thrilled to find that leader right here, within our own organization,” said Board Chair Steve Boone. “Not only does he have extensive knowledge and experience overseeing nearly every facet of our operations, he has also benefited from rigorous leadership training and is dedicated to the mission and continuous improvement of Goodwill. We are proud to welcome him to his new role and excited to see his impact on the organization for many years to come.”

    Goodwill Manasota provides a breadth of services that range from job readiness, skills training — including digital skills and various certifications and credentials — and employment placement as well as facilitating connections to holistic wraparound services such as emergency financial assistance, housing, financial literacy, and transportation. Goodwill works with hundreds of community partners to increase its impact while reducing duplication in service offerings.

    Goodwill Manasota has two Job Connection offices and a Veterans Services program office as well as virtual services available for those living in Goodwill Manasota’s territory of Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties. In 2020, Goodwill Manasota served over 400 people in the Job Connection, placed 194 people in jobs, served 314 veterans, and offered intensive supports to 55 team members in the Supported Jobs Plus program, helping those with significant disabilities succeed on the job.

    Goodwill Manasota is seen as a leader in the Goodwill Industries International network for its Mission Development Services (MDS) program, a fee service which provides intensive education, training and mentoring services to Goodwills across the country. It also offers Goodwill®U, an online curriculum available through a subscription to other Goodwills to further professional training and development.

    For more about Goodwill Manasota, visit experiencegoodwill.org.


  • 15 Jul 2021 9:06 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    WILLIAM MERRILL III NAMED TO

    FLORIDA TREND’S 2021 LEGAL ELITE

    SARASOTA, FL – Icard Merrill Shareholder William W. Merrill III has been recognized in the 2021 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,263 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. Merrill was recognized in the category of Government and Administrative Law.

    Now in its 18th year, the Florida Legal Elite presents the state’s top licensed and practicing attorneys selected by their peers. To compile the list, Florida Trend invited all actively practicing Florida lawyers to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked, and tabulated by an outside vendor. The winner list represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

    Merrill’s nationally recognized practice in land use, planning, transportation, and environmental law includes representation of both developers and public sector clients. He has exceptional skill and practical daily experience with state, regional and local development approval processes, including rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments, redevelopment, mixed use projects, developments of regional impact, environmental, coastal and water-related permitting, subdivision and platting, vested rights, and lobbying efforts. He also represents developers and lenders in complex real estate transactions.

    Merrill’s extensive land use litigation experience complements his practice. He has been a regular speaker at growth management and land use conferences and has published a number of articles relating to land use law. He has actively served as a community leader and board member for local civic and charitable organizations.

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    Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm based in Sarasota, Florida, delivering innovative and effective legal solutions through dedicated and caring professionals. Since 1953, Icard Merrill has offered clients comprehensive legal experience in multiple practice areas, including business and corporate, construction, community association law, estate planning, family law, government and administrative, land use and zoning, litigation, mobile home and manufactured housing, real estate, securities arbitration and litigation, and mediation services. The cornerstone of Icard Merrill is an enduring commitment to excellence, integrity, teamwork, and the community. More information is available at icardmerrill.com.


  • 14 Jul 2021 10:08 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Goodwill helps senior veteran in need
    Veterans Services program team partners with other agencies to find 93-year-old veteran housing, furnishings, cell phone and more

    SARASOTA, FL – For many in their sunset years, there is the promise of relaxation, the enjoyment of cultural amenities, and comfort. But for too many seniors – particularly veterans – aging can be fraught with anxiety as they try to live on fixed incomes in a world where the cost of living only goes up.

    Sarasota resident, 93-year-old World War II-era veteran Tom Halliwell, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. with three brothers. He earned his undergraduate and then Master’s degree in chemistry. He did some teaching and then went into the Army in 1946. When one of his brothers, who served in the 84th Infantry Division, was killed by German artillery, Halliwell was sent back close to home in New Jersey and completed his service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

    He moved down to Florida in 2001. Halliwell’s recent years were fairly comfortable, living in a relative’s home on Siesta Key, close to the beach. But when that relative passed away, the children decided to sell the house and Halliwell had to move.

    Distressed, Halliwell stopped in at the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program office and met with program manager Todd Hughes. He explained that his only income was a small pension of about $1,200 per month and that he was currently residing in an inexpensive hotel but that he had little money left over for food or other bills.

    Hughes provided Halliwell with some pre-made meals from Meals on Wheels Sarasota, then connected him with a case manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. When Hughes learned that JFCS had secured approval to assist Halliwell with housing but could not contact him – he could not afford a phone – Hughes arranged for the purchase of a Trac phone and a prepaid phone card from Goodwill’s SERV (Special Emergency Resources for Veterans) Fund.
    Hughes remembers how grateful Halliwell was for the phone. “His reaction was heartwarming – he smiled and asked excitedly, ‘You got me a phone?’” he said. “Tom was so excited to be able to communicate with everyone again. He lit up like a little kid on Christmas!”

    Halliwell was placed into Harvest House for a handful of months and then, after the Veterans Administration got involved, he received a HUD voucher to cover his rent in a duplex in the Fruitville Road area.

    Others got involved, too: Mattress Firm sold a mattress for Halliwell at cost, Goodwill provided furnishings from its Bargain Barn and Streets of Paradise contributed as well. Veterans living at Harvest House helped him to move in.

    When this veteran needed help, the community was there for him. Halliwell will now be able to live out the rest of his retirement years with no more worries as to how he is going to house or feed himself.

    “It is our duty to serve those who first served us,” said Hughes. “In the Veterans Services Program, we are dedicated to providing whatever a veteran might need, whether it’s career services, opportunities to network with others who understand their challenges, housing, food or emergency financial assistance. I am so happy that we were able to find multiple solutions for Tom so that he can feel secure and enjoy his life.”

    Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program works to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. For more information, go to experiencegoodwill.org/impact/veterans-program.

    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.


  • 12 Jul 2021 8:45 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    Purvis Gray is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2021.  On June 1, 1946, Roy L. Purvis, Howard W. Gray and Earl P. Powers founded the public accounting firm in Gainesville, Florida known as Purvis Gray.  For over seven decades, the leadership legacy of Purvis Gray’s retired partners and current partners has carried forward a reputation for integrity, impartiality and quality.

    “Over the past 75 years Purvis Gray has grown steadily across the state of Florida serving clients across the country,” shares David Gaitanis, Managing Partner of Purvis Gray.  “This successful growth was without acquisition or merger and accomplished by the leadership of our past and present partners, talented employees and committed clients.”

    Purvis Gray employs over 100 dedicated partners and associates serving clients in six locations across the state of Florida: Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, Sarasota, Orlando and Lakeland.  The firm has been in the Sarasota and Bradenton area since 1997, including the last 12 years in Lakewood Ranch.

    As a full-service CPA firm, Purvis Gray offers services that include auditing, tax planning and preparation, accounting, peer review, IT assurance and consulting across the State of Florida and beyond.  Purvis Gray is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned, local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals.


  • 01 Jul 2021 1:48 PM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    AKWA Technologies (www.AKWAtek.com) signed a partnership agreement with Smart Water Protection, based in Sarasota. Smart Water Protection (www.smartwaterprotection.com) is first in the US market with the AKWA Technologies Water Alarm system and will focus on the condominium and multi-residential building markets in Florida. Owners Dennis McSweeney and his partner have a strong background in commercial risk management and years of experience in the water restoration / remediation industries.

    The system, designed to prevent and detect water leaks, offers industry-leading features such as automatic shut-off valve, multi-type sensors and a unique dashboard to manage multiple properties.

    McSweeney said: “Loss trends show non-weather-related water damage is the fastest growing exposure both in frequency and severity, according to the insurance industry. Stopping water flow immediately is the key to limiting the cost of the damage. Insurance companies may soon start requiring such systems in high-rise buildings.” He added: “The challenge in the market is to get the attention of property managers and condominium / building owners to the risks of water damage before disasters strike. AKWA Technologies brings a state-of-the-art, IoT solution that every condominium association should be considering.”

    ABOUT AKWA TECHNOLOGIES

    AKWA Technologies, a brand of AKWA Technologies Solutions inc. (www.AKWAtek.com) is a leader in Water Alarm systems! Our mission is to prevent property damage caused by water leaks through a smart, reliable alarm system that can be adapted to different building configurations. With our centralized management dashboard, AKWA Concierge, this solution is ideal for multi-residential, condominium or commercial properties of all sizes.

    Our company is committed to on-going market development for this technology with new partners in North America and other countries based on the system’s highly customizable features and flexibility to meet the needs of different markets.

    CONTACTS:

    AKWA Technologies Solutions inc.
    Valérie Mélignon
    Executive Director, Strategic Alliances
    941.726.7806
    valerie@AKWAtek.com

    Smart Water Protection
    Dennis McSweeney
    President
    941.350.1227
    dmcsweeney.swp@gmail.com


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

    Goodwill announces new Philanthropic Advisory Council

    Visionary leaders will assist in ensuring sustainability, bringing new friends to support the mission for area nonprofit organization

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has formed a Philanthropic Advisory Council to ensure its sustainability for years to come. The new leadership body will assist in articulating Goodwill’s mission to the community, advise on how Goodwill might address community needs, engage with philanthropic donors, participate in fundraising, and introduce Goodwill to other potential Council members.

    The members of the Council are: Goodwill Board members Rae Dowling and Eric Kaplan, Michael and Victoria Zeppi, Lori Abrams, MD, and Kevin Henault. Goodwill CEO Bob Rosinsky, Vice President Margie Genter, and Community Outreach & Development Manager Pavitra Ciavardone support the effort, which had its first official meeting in February.

    A current priority for this group is mental health services for veterans and their families. Goodwill is investigating the gaps in local services, such as when a veteran is in active crisis or when there are mental health issues, but the veteran experiences barriers to seeking help. Also on the Council’s agenda is a new and unique fundraiser, “Goodwill Haunting.” This will be an event where supporters invite friends who will connect with Goodwill’s mission, and hopefully become supporters themselves. This free, invitation-only event takes place on October 30, 2021.

    “While there are many people in the community who know some of what we do, we have found that few understand the entire scope of our mission to change lives through the power of work,” said Rosinsky. “With the Philanthropic Advisory Council’s support, we can raise greater awareness of all the facets of our social enterprise operations and be introduced to new supporters. Our ultimate goal is to guarantee that our essential programs and services are available to those who need them for many years to come.”

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

  • 18 Jun 2021 11:02 AM | Kristie Calandro (Administrator)

    CONDITIONED AIR RECEIVES 2020 EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM LENNOX INDUSTRIES IN HONOR OF TOP QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Conditioned Air Company announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the seventh straight year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.

    “We are proud to represent the Lennox brand and share this honor with our customers,” said Tim Dupre, President and CEO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service, plus consistent sales growth and superior technical competence.”

    Lennox Industries is a worldwide leader in home comfort, a trusted HVAC brand for more than 125 years, and markets its air conditioning and heating products through a network of more than 7,000 dealers throughout North America.

    Founded in 1962, Conditioned Air is an employer of choice offering extensive benefits and an environment for its 400 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties in which they can grow professionally and personally. Among the new hire recruiting benefits is a retention bonus for techs with over five years’ experience.

    Based in Naples, Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems. The firm has in-house resources to design, estimate, install and maintain new construction, refrigeration and air dehumidification systems.

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


  • 17 Jun 2021 10:32 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Content: ATLANTA, GA- June 16, 2021-  Top 100 Certified Public Accounting Firm Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is proud to announce its merger with CDPA, PC, an Alabama-based accounting and consulting firm, effective July 1, 2021. This merger increases Mauldin & Jenkins’ office locations to 12 across the Southeast, adding offices in Athens, AL, Florence, AL, and Huntsville, AL, respectively. 

    CDPA, managed by David Christopher, CPA, has provided tax, financial planning and reporting, and consulting services to individuals, fiduciaries, commercial businesses and other organizations since 1954.

    "We are excited to begin our journey in partnership with the Mauldin & Jenkins team,” said Christopher. “Their professional expertise, commitment to exceptional client service, as well as our common culture make them a perfect fit for CDPA. We look forward to continuing to serve clients in North Alabama for many years to come, and our partnership with Mauldin & Jenkins will enhance our ability to do so."

    Mauldin & Jenkins’ Managing Partner Hanson Borders welcomes the opportunity to join forces with CDPA and its founders. “CDPA has a long and rich history of serving the needs of its clients and its community with a group of professionals dedicated to excellence. Their years of experience, specialized knowledge, and commitment to quality make Mauldin & Jenkins and CDPA a perfect fit because of our shared core values and history of quality service,” Borders stated. “I’m thrilled to have CDPA’s professionals as part of the Mauldin & Jenkins team, and I’m confident our current and future clients will benefit from the additional resources we will bring to each other.”

    About Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

    Mauldin & Jenkins is annually recognized as a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm by Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today and has provided assurance, tax and advisory services to clients. Founded in 1918, M&J ranks as a Top 25 Public Accounting Firm according to the Birmingham Business Journal, ranked by the number of professionals in the Birmingham area. The Firm serves clients in a range of industries including governmental, banking, health care, construction, not-for-profit, financial services, film & entertainment, entrepreneurial, and higher education. For additional information, please visitmjcpa.com.

  • 11 May 2021 3:23 PM | Dom DiMaio (Administrator)

    Each County Commissioner will host video conference with Emergency Management Chief, Public Safety Director to relay messages for 2021 storm season
     

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 11, 2021) – For the second consecutive year Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to receive important preparation information for the 2021 Hurricane Season directly from County Commissioners and public safety experts.   
     
    Each of Manatee County's seven County Commissioners will host a video conference with Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and Public Safety Director Jacob Saur beginning May 24. In addition to the seven town halls, three Manatee County cities will host similar town halls with Chief Litschauer and Director Saur. After officials relay preparation tips, lines will be open for questions from the public. 
     
    During the virtual town hall, Director Saur and Chief Litschauer will cover the following: 

    • Learning the strength of your home and whether it's in an evacuation zone using Manatee County's online tools for help. 
       
    • Making an evacuation plan NOW. If you're in an evacuation zone or mobile home, scout out several options where you can stay when severe weather approaches. Go tens of miles -- not hundreds -- to find a safer location to ride out the storm. 
       
    • In normal conditions public shelters can be crowded, noisy, cold and uncomfortable. If evacuation orders are given and public shelters open, they will keep you safe from the elements but there for those who come to shelters, there is no guarantee against the spread of germs and sickness. Public shelters MUST be your last resort.
       

    The Commissioner-hosted virtual town hall series is scheduled as follows: 

    • District 5 Commissioner and Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh 
      Monday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
    • District 1 Commissioner James Satcher
      Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • District 2 Commissioner Reggie Bellamy
      Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • District 4 Commissioner Misty Servia
      Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    • At-large Commissioner Carol Whitmore
      Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • At-large Commissioner George Kruse
      Monday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    • District 3 Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge
      Tuesday, June 15 at 11 a.m.
       

    Three additional hurricane prep virtual town halls will be hosted by municipal partners: 

    • City of Bradenton
      Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
    • City of Holmes Beach
      Monday, May 24 at 3 p.m.
    • City of Anna Maria
      Wednesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.


    NOTE: The video link for each meeting will be announced one day before each meeting at www.mymanatee.org/townhall  

    Each town hall meeting also will be available for on-demand viewing on that area of the County website for within two days of the event.

     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov.


  • 11 May 2021 3:20 PM | Dom DiMaio (Administrator)

    May 11, 2021 – Fawley Bryant Architecture is pleased to announce the beginning of construction on the 84,000-square-foot baseball stadium complex the firm designed for Binghamton University in New York. The $60 million project is a result of an anonymous donation, the largest in University history. Major enhancements to the complex include new stadium seating, VIP lounge and press box, outfield berm, clubhouse, and indoor training facility. Construction is expected to be completed by February 2022.  

    “The baseball stadium complex at Binghamton University is being built to develop student athletes and help them achieve their highest potential,” said Stu Henderson, Partner and Director of Design at Fawley Bryant Architecture. “The teaching and training spaces allow coaches the unique opportunity to evaluate their athlete’s development.”  

    The endeavor expands Fawley Bryant’s sports portfolio, which includes collaborations with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, along with Gatorade, Under Armour, Pro Bull Riding, IMG Academy and Prince Tennis.  

    “This stadium complex will be one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country. It positions Binghamton with the best of the best,” said Binghamton University Athletic Director Patrick Elliott. “We appreciate the great efforts of the Fawley Bryant staff and look forward to our coaches and student-athletes training and competing in these facilities.” 

    Project elements include increased fan seating, locker rooms, indoor batting cages, coaches’ offices, study spaces and an athletic training room. In addition, the facility will meet NCAA requirements for hosting post-season tournament play. The indoor training facility will include a turf baseball infield with a four-story ceiling, providing athletes with the ability to practice year-round.  

    For the fan experience, new stadium seating and an elevated concourse will be added, along with a 7,500-square-foot VIP lounge and press box structure positioned behind home plate. For players and coaches, the ground floor of the two-story structure will house the locker room, complete with custom lockers, team lounge, nutrition, High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) area, designated coaches’ locker rooms and athletic training facilities with hydrotherapy treatment pools. The second level efficiently lays out coach and staff offices, video coaching, study space, conference rooms, support spaces and a multi-purpose team meeting room with tiered seating overlooking first base. 

    As the design architect for this project, Fawley Bryant Architecture partnered with many local firms. Team members include: CSArch, Architect of Record; EDR, Civil Engineers; Ryan Biggs Clark Davis, Structural Engineers; M/E Engineering, MEP Engineers; and WJHW, Audio Visual.   

    About Fawley Bryant Architecture  

    We are a full-service, integrated architecture and interior design firm who works together with a passion for bringing each client’s unique vision to life. Our partnership-driven approach fuels every relationship and truly sets us apart. We listen, learn and adapt to determine the needs of each client and we create solutions through a culmination of conversations, creativity and care. Our team takes pride in earning our reputation for results by innovating, iterating, and improving until, together, we reach the desired combination of smart, beautiful spaces. To learn more, visit www.fawleybryant.com.  


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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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