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  • 03 Jun 2020 8:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Rapidly accumulating data is showing a disturbing trend during COVID-19 quarantine life—an uptick in domestic violence incidents. With families sheltering in place, it’s become increasingly difficult for domestic violence victims to escape from their situations and seek help. As such, College HUNKS Moving Company (HUNKS) is offering free moving services to anyone fleeing domestic violence. HUNKS is now a resource on the national domestic violence hotline and is working with safe houses and counselors and domestic violence shelters directly in the 130 markets where they have franchises.

    “Home isolation, however vital to the fight against the pandemic, is giving still more power to the abuser,” said Dr. Marianne Hester, a sociologist who studies abusive relationships. People fleeing an abusive domestic situation need to remove themselves from the home they’ve been living in and either take up residence elsewhere or go to a shelter."

    “As a Purpose-Driven, Socially-Conscious national moving and junk removal company, we want to help our communities and neighbors during these unique times, while also staying in business as an essential service,” "We saw the national news reports that domestic violence is significantly increasing due to the economic pressures and the stay-at-home orders,” said Nick Friedman. “We wanted to do our part to help alleviate an unintended consequence.”

    A certified domestic violence shelter needs to approve any victims requesting a free move to ensure that the victim is supported throughout the transition as well as for the safety of the moving team and victim. Anyone in a domestic violence situation should first contact the police or a domestic violence shelter immediately. The shelter will contact HUNKS at NationalAccounts@CHHJ.com and the movers will make themselves available and help coordinate. 

    For more information, please visit https://www.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/


  • 03 Jun 2020 8:26 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that the Firm has been selected as one of the Best Public Accounting Firms for Equity Leadership as determined by the 2020 Accounting MOVE Project, which recognizes the Best Public Accounting Firms for Women. Equity Leadership firms are those where women comprise a minimum of 30% of partners and principals. For over 20 years, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has worked with employees to design both alternative career paths and flexible work arrangements. Those efforts have paid off with 60% women partners. The Firm also earns its spot on the Equity Leadership list with 71% of all employees being women. “We are very proud of the people and the culture at Kerkering, Barberio & Co. It is the combination of the two that make this distinguished honor possible," said Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder

  • 03 Jun 2020 8:24 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is conducting a food distribution on Saturday, June 6th at Ellenton Premium Outlets for up to 1,000 families. During this event, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will also be collecting food to help meet the continued needs in our community for those impacted by COVID-19.

    This drive-through food distribution and food collection event will involve limited-contact with volunteers and staff to maintain social distancing.  Any non-perishable food items will be accepted for the food collection. For safety, the collected items will remain in quarantine for seventy-two hours before being wiped down and distributed back out into the community via The Food Bank of Manatee’s partner agencies. Those in need of food will be able to receive a box of food to feed a family of five breakfast, lunch, and dinner for several days.  Food for 1,000 families will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    “Hosting this event on June 6 is so poignant as it is designated as ‘National Hunger Awareness Day,’ a day to bring awareness of food insecurity and help to those who have fallen on hard times,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels Plus.  “We are sincerely grateful to those who have come forward to help their neighbors in need during the challenging times the pandemic has presented.  Today’s event is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors which include Bradenton Kiwanis, Manatee Community Foundation, Carl Reynolds Law, MySuncoast-ABC7, Metz Culinary Management, and the Ellenton Premium Outlets,” stated Phillips. 


  • 26 May 2020 5:09 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    ATLANTA – May 26, 2020, Atlanta-based accounting and business advisory firm Mauldin & Jenkins has announced the addition of Timothy (Tim) Evans to its expanding Governmental Advisory practice. With almost three decades of executive government leadership, Tim brings substantial experience and valuable niche knowledge to serve Mauldin & Jenkins’ governmental clients.

    A Top 100 Accounting Firm with offices located throughout the Southeast, Mauldin & Jenkins has rapidly increased in service offerings as well as size over the past several years to meet growing demand. Adding Tim’s expertise to its popular specialty practice allows the firm to accept and serve additional clients in this niche. His insight and experience further strengthen the Governmental Advisory team’s already substantial depth, helping the practice group better meet the highly specialized needs of state, county and local governments; government agencies; and quasi-governmental organizations.

    Tim’s background includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Human Resources Director at the Georgia Department of Labor. In his roles, Tim provided organizational oversight and strategic direction for departmental divisions consisting of approximately 4,000 employees.

    Over the course of his career, Tim has amassed significant experience encompassing all aspects of governmental planning, management, and operations. Tim has significant experience managing and transforming large federally funded human service programs that help Georgians enter and excel in the workforce. Tim is well versed in human capital management, strategic planning, project management, and program execution, and will assist clients in meeting key goals around strategic planning, organizational transformation and reducing operational costs in government.

    Governmental Advisory Services Practice Leader David Roberts welcomes Tim as a valuable addition to the practice group. “Tim’s intimate knowledge of government operations and people management serves as an invaluable resource to our Practice as we continue to positively transform government operations” he says. “Tim brings the necessary people skills and change management experience that are critical to achieving successful transformation goals.”

    To learn more about Tim Evans or Mauldin & Jenkins’ Governmental Services practice, please visit the Mauldin & Jenkins website at www.mjcpa.com.



  • 22 May 2020 9:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    360 Orthopedics is pleased to announce the appointment of E.J. Ledesma as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2020. E.J. brings over twenty years of healthcare leadership experience and a diverse set of management skills in operations, finance, business development, and marketing.

    Known for his collaborative management style, E.J. has been able to drive accountability while maintaining a culture of continuous improvement. In his leadership roles at private hospitals, he learned the value of balancing the needs of an excellent patient experience with fiscal responsibility. “Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to lead and learn from wonderful people. I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to making 360 Orthopedics the provider of choice for patients in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice markets,” says Ledesma.

    “We are excited to have E.J. lead 360 Orthopedics. Healthcare is continuously changing and it is becoming more challenging for physicians and patients to navigate.  With E.J.’s experience and leadership, we as physicians can continue to focus on patient care and serve our community orthopedic needs,” says Dr. Jeffrey Silverstein

    At 360 Orthopedics our mission is ‘to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.’ 360 Orthopedics offers a full range of orthopedic services, pain management, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, and other ancillary services. Their offices are located in the former Doctors Hospital building on Bahia Vista Street, Lakewood Ranch and Venice.  


  • 21 May 2020 2:49 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    As part of the agency’s efforts to address continued food insecurity amongst its families, local members of the community teamed up with Paradise Grill restaurant in Nokomis to bring chef-prepared meals to each of the children and families who attend Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services.

    1,700 meals were distributed to families in need across Sarasota County thanks to the generosity of six local couples and an individual supporter of Children First along with Paradise Grill restaurant in Nokomis. In a two-day effort, meals were individually prepared and packaged on-site at the restaurant and delivered to five distribution sites by Children First front line workers. The meal distribution sites included the Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center and Helen R. Payne Annex in Sarasota, Our Mother’s House (a partnership site with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice) and the Children First main campuses in Venice and North Port.

    “When I heard that my long-time friend and client, Mary Beth Hansen, was offering meals for local residents in need, I decided to reach out to Children First. Knowing the challenge we are all living through with this virus, but especially for those who are already vulnerable, everyone quickly got on board. Before we knew it, there were vans being loaded with 1,700 dinners going out to families. We truly believe in the outstanding work provided by this agency and are so pleased to help keep its mission moving forward each day,” says long-time Children First supporter and Commercial Realtor Stan Rutstein.

    He, along with wife Jo, a former Chair of the Board of Directors, realized an opportunity to activate their friends in support of children and families living at-risk. Current Board Chair Mike Keebaugh and wife Andree, Carol and Richard Kalikow, Faith and Michael Goldman, Norma and Al Cohen, Ginny and Ravi Akhoury, and Ernest ‘Doc’ Werlin joined the Rutsteins to provide support and within days, the chefs at Paradise Grill were in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals and the Children First staff mobilizing to distribute the food. 

    Annually, the agency provides full wrap-around services for more than 900 children and their families, including infant and toddler care, early childhood education, nutrition and health care, emotional & behavioral support, and parenting classes through the Families First Institute. 89% of families served were already living below the Federal Poverty Level, and with the economic strain from COVID-19, more than 70% of those families are now seeking additional necessities such as food, financial assistance, and supplies like diapers, wipes, and infant formula.

    “In these times of great uncertainty, our families are the first to get hurt and the last to recover. We are truly grateful to Paradise Grill and our incredible supporters who teamed up to make sure that not just every child, but every family member received a hot meal,” says CEO Philip Tavill.

    “We’re doing our best to feed as many in our community as possible because we believe no one should ever have to go hungry,” says Mary Beth Hansen, owner of Paradise Grill. “Our team also believes deeply in the Children First mission of strengthening children and families, because we are stronger together.”


  • 19 May 2020 9:13 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Applications for the City of Sarasota’s small business grant program can be submitted starting at 9am. It’s the latest locally funded recovery program aimed at keeping commerce alive during the ongoing pandemic.

    Eligible small businesses can apply for $5,000 grants, which will be funded from $2.28 million in economic development funds. The money will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

    “It is anticipated funds could be awarded and distributed as early as the end of this month,” wrote Rowena Elliott, redevelopment speciality with the city's Office of Economic Development, in an email about the program.

    Notably, a similar program funded by Sarasota County and crafted with the help of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County opened up and had enough applicants in the first hour and 40 minutes to go through the initial funding.

    The city program will be open to businesses with physical structures in the city limits and a nmaximum of 25 full-time equivalent employees. More guidelines are available online.

    "That is for the ultra, hyper small businesses," said Heather Kasten, president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. "They're getting ramped up as well. I've been blown away by the efforts and the movement, just the quickness and expeditious method in which that money was deployed."

    Applicants must provide a plan on how money will be used, such as unexpected expenditures for face masks, software upgrades, or simply replenishing payroll and rent costs.

    Online applications are preferred, but physical applications can be turned in at the Office of Economic Development on Martin Luther King Jr. Way or at City Hall. 


  • 19 May 2020 9:12 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The granting committee of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has approved emergency grants to eight community organizations totaling $68,929. These grants were provided as part of the organization’s first phase of Coronavirus support for Food Security and Health/Wellness needs.

    Funds were provided to the following organizations: Aviva: A Campus for Jewish Life, Chabad of Bradenton, Chabad of Sarasota, Chabad of Venice, Congregation Kol Haneshama, Jewish Congregation of Venice, Temple Beth Israel and Temple Sinai. Needs ranged from providing “Shabbat in a Box” meals to families for spiritual and physical nourishment, delivering hot meals, groceries and emergency funding for homebound seniors, recently unemployed workers and health care workers, and providing personal protective equipment for staff.

    Kim Adler, Chief Operating Officer, said the grants were a result of an outpouring of generosity from the local Jewish community to the Federation’s Stronger Together: Coronavirus Relief Fund. “We were thrilled by the community’s investment in our response and relief efforts. Hundreds of Jewish lives have been touched.”

    More grants will be awarded for the operating needs of Jewish organizations. For more information, please contact Kim Adler at kadler@jfedsrq.org


  • 18 May 2020 8:20 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Asolo Rep announced today that it will present GROUND FLOOR: MAKING MUSICALS, a four-part new musical competition designed specifically for an online audience. On May 21, June 4, June 18 and July 2 at 6pm, the Theatre will preview four completely new and original musicals on its Facebook and YouTube pages. Each 30-minute session will consist of a fifteen-minute preview performance of one new musical, followed by a fifteen-minute discussion with the playwright/composer and James Monaghan, Asolo Rep Dramaturg and Literary Manager, and Celine Rosenthal, Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director, who serves as the Director of the Ground Floor Series and is also directing all four musicals. After the four musicals have aired, the audience will be asked to vote for their favorite and the winner will receive a full staged reading at Asolo Rep.

    To add to the fun, the Theatre is incorporating a Virtual Happy Hour into the presentation. One day prior to each performance, patrons will receive an email notice of the broadcast that includes a cocktail recipe specifically chosen to compliment the theme of that week’s new musical.

    “MAKING MUSICALS is a wonderful complement to Asolo Rep’s strong focus as an incubator where great musicals are born,” said Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “In the past fourteen seasons, Asolo Rep has produced seven musicals which have been new to the American stage. Presenting new musicals is a potential risk, but has strengthened our mission, generated new relationships in the artistic community, and established Asolo Rep as a company dedicated to fostering new work while re-envisioning classics.”

    Patrons wishing to vote for their favorite musical will be required to register online through a link on Asolo Rep’s website: asolorep.org. Following the last performance, registered patrons will be emailed a ballot to be filled out and submitted to the theatre within 48 hours. To qualify to vote, patrons must be registered, they must have viewed all four performances and they will only be able to vote once.

    The original Ground Floor Series consisted of five events scheduled to be performed in a new performance space in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts this spring before four of the performances were canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. Asolo Rep continued the series online and presented its inaugural episode on April 8 with musical performances of original songs by cast members from the world premiere musical, Knoxville. 


  • 14 May 2020 1:05 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – For years, Goodwill Manasota has placed collection bins at each of its attended donation centers so that community members could donate non-perishable foods for those in need. The food has then been picked up by The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank.

    In April, in response to an urgent local need, Goodwill made its first delivery of nearly 2,000 pounds of food to Our Daily Bread, a community-driven food pantry and soup kitchen. Since that first delivery, Goodwill has brought two more, with food totaling 5,144 pounds.

    This new friendship came about through the partnership of Goodwill and Turning Points. Located at the Bill Galvano One Stop Center in Bradenton, Turning Points provides a wide variety of services aimed at preventing and ending homelessness in our community. Goodwill has a Job Connection career services office on-site at Turning Points, where hundreds of Turning Points clients have been placed in jobs.

    One important service available at Turning Points is lunch. Partner agency (and neighbor) Our Daily Bread serves a meal on-site each day. Our Daily Bread also has a self-serve food pantry at Turning Points, where families can select the groceries they need.

    The impacts of COVID-19 have been particularly difficult for Our Daily Bread. The requests for assistance have climbed, the costs of serving meals increased due to the need to package meals in “to go” containers for COVID-19-related public health concerns, and the organization’s battalion of volunteers has not been available as community members stayed home for their own safety.

    Our Daily Bread president Mark McLaughlin put out calls for help and was amazed at the response from local businesses - including Goodwill. Goodwill’s Director of Donation Development Donna Evans, who is responsible for coordinating the delivery of food donated at Goodwill to food pantries in Sarasota and Manatee counties, arranged for the deliveries of food to Our Daily Bread.

    “I can’t possibly tell you about all of the generosity shown by the community to Our Daily Bread during this pandemic,” said McLaughlin. “One of the absolute highlights has been the partnership we have developed with Goodwill, who has already made three deliveries of canned goods in the last month to our food pantry, Loaves & Fishes. What a blessing – thank you, Goodwill!”


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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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