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  • 12 Feb 2021 7:43 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    For 10 performances over two weekends in March, the CAC has engaged incredible circus artists – many who have been featured in various Cirque du Soleil shows – who will share their gifts through a benefit called “PREVAIL.” Patrons may enjoy the shows live or take advantage of digital tickets, which will be available for viewing beginning at noon on March 12. Proceeds will support CAC programs and outreach that serve students in K-12 classrooms, seniors in assisted living communities, and aspiring artists following their passion by training and performing in the circus arts. "We are so grateful to these world-class artists who are basically donating their time to ensure the circus arts continue to be a vibrant and valuable resource. It is exceedingly rare to see a cast with this level of skill and experience come together under one big top,” said Pedro Reis, founder, president and CEO of the CAC.  Performances take place at the Sailo r Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota) on consecutive weekends, on March 5-7 and again on March 12-14. Show times are 7pm on Fridays, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 1pm and 6pm on Sunday. In-person tickets are $20-$50; digital tickets are $25. 

  • 08 Feb 2021 4:38 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota is partnering with United Way Suncoast to provide free tax preparation and electronic filing services in Sarasota County to low- to moderate-income households. Starting on February 13 and continuing through April 14, volunteers will assist with free tax preparation at Goodwill’s North Sarasota (5150 N. Tamiami Tr.) and Venice (676 S. Tamiami Tr.) locations. Starting February 18, the service will be available at Goodwill’s North Port location (14879 Tamiami Tr.).

    Goodwill and United Way are able to offer this service through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to those making less than $66,000, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Local volunteers are still being welcomed for tax preparation services.

    Areas of focus for this year’s VITA program will be the Earned Income Tax Credit, with an average $2,500 credit for families, and Economic Impact Payments, which will be recovery rebates on this year’s tax return.

    “We are happy to partner with Goodwill to ensure that community members have access to life-changing supports such as VITA,” said Bronwyn Beightol, Chief Impact Officer UWS. “Our partnership will make it possible for more of our ALICE families and individuals to take advantage of this free service.”

    VITA tax preparers can prepare returns with credits including the Additional Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care, Education Credits, and Retirement Saver’s Credit. VITA tax preparers cannot complete forms containing: Schedule C with losses, Complicated & Advanced Schedule D (capital gains and losses), Form SS-5 (request for Social Security Number), Form 8606 (non-deductible IRA), Form 8615 (minor’s investment income), or Form SS-8 (determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding).

    “Tax season can be a time of extreme stress for many community members,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “The IRS VITA program is a wonderful service; we’re happy to partner with United Way Suncoast to provide information, resources and expert assistance to help residents to file their taxes while ensuring they receive every deduction to which they’re entitled.”

    The free tax preparation will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Sarasota and Venice, and Thursdays in North Port. Appointments are required – go to unitedwaysuncoast.org/vita or call 813-419-3918 for further information and to make an appointment.

  • 08 Feb 2021 9:19 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The leading broker and number-one independent real estate company in the region has much to celebrate - 45 years of real estate service to Florida’s Gulf Coast, a record-breaking annual sales volume and its largest MSC Foundation grant distribution. Following a strong start to 2020, the market came to an abrupt halt due to an unprecedented pandemic causing a shelter-in-place order, only to later experience a robust rebound, resulting in the company’s $3.49 billion in annual sales volume and commanding market share of 24.12% in the luxury market and 12.38% in the overall, all price point market. “When Michael Saunders & Company opened in 1976, I don’t think I could have predicted the ebbs and flows our firm would weather, but I knew the value of investing in people,” said Michael Saunders, Founder and CEO. “Our success in 2020 is a testament to our people and the core values we share –  integrity, mutual profitability, excellence and communication." 


  • 03 Feb 2021 2:41 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (February 3, 2021) – The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation has recently awarded $25,000 in support of scholarships to Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County.

    The agency also received $20,000 from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation, $15,000 from the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation, $10,000 from the Sarasota County Foundation, and $5,000 from the Harold C. & Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, totaling $75,000 in support for the scholarship program.

    Scholarships support comprehensive services including early childhood education, nutrition, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for the most vulnerable children and families living in our community. By providing scholarships for full-day infant and toddler care and pre-school education, parents also receive the opportunity to strengthen their finances and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.

    “As we celebrate our 60th anniversary year, our community partners continue to make a significant difference by making high-quality education accessible for all. The majority of our families rely on scholarship aid, and this incredible support from our local foundations ensures that the most at-risk families in our community have access to the services they need to thrive and succeed. For this, we are most grateful.” says President & CEO Philip Tavill.

    About Children First:

    Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 1% out of over 1,800 Head Starts nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and well-being. At 15 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, and nutrition and health care assistance to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.


  • 03 Feb 2021 8:45 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee was selected as one of 384 organizations across the nation to receive a multimillion-dollar financial investment from writer, advocate and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Representatives reached out to the Bradenton, Florida-based nonprofit organization on Scott’s behalf in early December, indicating a gift would be forthcoming; the amount was announced this week. Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee runs the Food Bank of Manatee, among other programs.

    Other local organizations that have been a recipient of Scott’s philanthropy are United Way Suncoast, which received $20 million; Goodwill Manasota, which received a $10 million; and Easterseals of Southwest Florida, which received a $3 million. According to the Bradenton Heraldlocal organizations have been the recipients of more than $37 million in funding from Scott, who has a net worth of $59.8 billion and plans to distribute more than $4.2 billion to nonprofits throughout the country.


  • 03 Feb 2021 8:43 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) broke ground recently for a new cancer center in Manatee County. The one-story building, located at 3630 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton will provide expanded treatment space for patients, with 18 exam rooms, 50 infusion chairs and on-site imaging, laboratory, pharmacy and care management services. Scheduled to open in November 2021, the 20,250-square-foot building will replace the two existing FCS clinic locations in Manatee County.

  • 02 Feb 2021 12:02 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In our region, there are many veterans who are struggling to reintegrate into civilian life; Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services program works to assist veterans through career services, networking and informing and facilitating connections to needed social services. To help veterans with urgent financial needs, Goodwill has the Special Emergency Resources for Veterans (SERV) Fund. SERV was launched in March of 2015 by Goodwill's Veterans Services program, in response to a growing need for emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families for housing, education and food.

    Recently, The Patterson Foundation awarded an honorarium to Goodwill in recognition of its support of Season of Sharing; these funds will be used to replenish Goodwill’s SERV Fund. Last year, SERV was funded in large part through a $10,000 gift from The Harry Shapiro Charitable Foundation.

    When a veteran is in need, the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services team assigns each individual a case manager who works with the veteran and his or her family to create an individual plan, assessing need and identifying community resources to meet those needs. If the veteran and his or her family have emergency needs, the Goodwill team attempts to identify community resources through community partners and collaborative organizations that can assist. If no other avenues to help are available, SERV can be utilized to assist the veteran and the family with the problem. The case managers also help in other areas that enhance integration into the community or the civilian workforce, while addressing these emergency needs.  

    The Patterson Foundation made numerous recent contributions in celebration of its decade of support for Season of Sharing, which covers crucial expenses for basic needs such as rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation or food vouchers to help families and individuals get back on their feet. Goodwill Manasota was awarded the one-time honorarium – to use at its discretion – from The Patterson Foundation for its dedicated role in connecting Season of Sharing recipients with much-needed funds from community donors.

    In 2020, although the pandemic hindered efforts to place as many veterans into employment as the veterans’ team had hoped, they were able to assist in many other ways, especially through the SERV Fund. The breakdown on SERV Fund distributions included payments for: phone bills, gas cards, internet for a veteran’s children who were attending virtual school, work clothes, school supplies, a Publix gift card for prescriptions, a new radiator for a broken-down car, payment of an electric bill, security guard training so veterans could embark on higher-paying careers, and more.

    “We are very grateful for The Patterson Foundation’s ongoing support and all it is doing to build a stronger, more responsive community,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “The needs throughout our local veterans’ community are so great and, sometimes, there is an urgent matter that requires funds to be available for distribution without a lot of bureaucracy standing in the way. With our SERV Fund replenished, we can continue to help veterans who reach out for our help – and quickly.”

    For more about Goodwill’s Veterans Services program, go to experiencegoodwill.org/impact/veterans-services.

  • 02 Feb 2021 8:50 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County officials are urging local residents to take steps now to be ready for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) that will assist renters who are delinquent on rent and who need financial assistance as a result of financial losses from the COVID-19. Applications will open Feb. 16 at mymanatee.org/renthelp for the program that aims to distribute $12 million in grants for rent and landlord-paid utilities for much of 2021. Eligible renters may receive grant funds for up to 12 months of assistance, if needed, through November 2021, whichever is less. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord for delinquent rent bills. "There have been so many negative local impacts from the global pandemic, but we believe this new Emergency Rental Assistance program will go a long way in helping vulnerable people remain sustainably housed," said Karen Stewart, Manatee County Deputy County Administrator. "We expect ERA funds to help up to 1,500 households each month for much of 2021, but the key for those people to receive assistance is to prepare now." 


  • 29 Jan 2021 8:23 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced the appointment of John Horne to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District board of trustees. Horne, of Bradenton, is the president of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, which he’s operated since 1996. He is a member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Leadership Florida and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree in administrative management from Clemson University. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

  • 27 Jan 2021 8:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that it achieved a record $7.1 billion in total company sales volume for 2020, a 37% increase year-over-year. In the Sarasota region, total sales volume was up 35% from 2019. The number of regional transactions increased 21% year-over-year and the average sales price was up 12%. Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, said, “With the safety of our customers and team paramount, we proudly led our regions with remote and virtual solutions while not compromising our pledge to elevated service. During extraordinary circumstances, our valued customers allowed us to shatter previous sales records in 2020. It is an honor to be part of the communities we serve, and a privilege to provide the global expertise unique to our time-honored brand.” 






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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