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  • 01 Oct 2019 1:33 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Thursday, October 24th enjoy an evening of fun presented by Sally Ullman Photography.  Ms. Ullman is an acclaimed professional photographer with many of her works featured in national publications.  This is a one-night-only photography presentation from her Safari to Africa and her trip to the American Southwest.  Admission is FREE and complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served.  Donations will benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and photography sales will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation.  Win a chance for a Two (2) night stay at the EVEN Hotel or a Cork & Kale restaurant gift certificate.  A special thank you to the event sponsors: Gold Coast Eagle, The EVEN Hotel, Cork & Kale, Michael’s on East and Fiorelli Winery.  The event will be held on Thursday evening October 24, 2019 – 5:30 Reception, 6:15 Show - at Gold Coast Eagle, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota, FL 34240.


  • 30 Sep 2019 11:27 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida, September 27, 2019- John D. Rojas, MBA, Vice President of Bank

    OZK starts his fourth quarter of 2019 and the season of giving focusing on the community at large.

    The business community and the residents are invited to this networking event with the spirit of

    giving blood if you are able to do so. Suncoast Blood Bank will be onsite and there will be food

    and mingling. It is open to the public.

    Bank OZK is a member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Commercial Investment

    Division (CID) of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) and Manatee County

    Chamber of Commerce.

    “We are looking forward to the blood drive at our location,” said Mr. Rojas. “I believe we need

    each other for our businesses and this is an opportunity to connect while giving,” he continued.

    It’s All About The Community and the season of giving starts at 3:30 p.m. at 2025 Lakewood

    Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, Florida 34211.

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  • 27 Sep 2019 8:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL—Goodwill is well know for its mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Locally, Goodwill Manasota strives to adhere to green business practices, seeking to be energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint while diverting millions of pounds of unwanted goods annually from area landfills. In June of this year, the organization continued its efforts to be "green" when it was the beneficiary of lighting upgrades from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) at its Selby/Newtown location in North Sarasota. For this endeavor, Goodwill Manasota was recognized with the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) "Triple E Award," a quarterly recognition for outstanding energy efficiency efforts.


    The upgrades to the Selby/Newtown facility were possible through FPL’s Nonprofit Energy Makeover Program. Goodwill’s new LED lighting, valued at $4,500, is brighter and uses less energy, while producing less heat. This enables the air-conditioning system to cool more efficiently, particularly during warmer summer months. The lighting upgrades are expected to save the organization more than $1,200 annually - funds that can be diverted to support its mission services.

    “We are so grateful to FPL for analyzing our energy use and donating the services and lighting upgrades, which are reducing our lighting costs. Every dollar we save in energy is one dollar more we can spend on services for the people in our community," said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. "Goodwill has long been committed to environmental stewardship, conservation of energy and water, carbon footprint reduction, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally responsible purchasing. We appreciate the PSC's recognition of our recent efforts.”

    Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each quarter the PSC presents its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

    PHOTO ID: Goodwill Manasota was recently recognized for its energy efficiency efforts through lighting upgrades at its Selby/Newtown location.


  • 25 Sep 2019 1:50 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dominic Casanueva of Merrill Lynch for being ranked Number 1 on Florida Forbes’ statewide Next-Gen Wealth Advisors list!  Ben Jones from Allegiant Private Advisors was ranked Number 40!


  • 23 Sep 2019 2:55 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    TIDEWELL LWR
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    SUITE 100
    LAKEWOOD RANCH , FL 34202


  • 19 Sep 2019 9:05 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    State College of Florida (SCF) is now offering Beginning Conversational French as an evening class starting Tuesday, October 15.  Whether you are planning a trip to France, simply want to order in a French restaurant, or have friends in France you’d like to speak with in their native language, this is the course for you.  It is an 8 week course and meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m.  Registration may be done online at SCF.edu/CCD and click on “personal enrichment” and then foreign languages any time before Friday, October 11.

  • 18 Sep 2019 5:22 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2019) – USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer a series of one-day workshops designed to enhance one of the most sought-after skill sets in today’s workforce: critical thinking.

    The first of three one-day Critical Thinking Certification Workshops will be held Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room A320A. Additional workshops will be held at the same time and location Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

    Workshops are open to all professionals, including CEOs, business owners, educators, managers, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs and lifelong learners. Early registration is $79 up to one week prior to registration. Regular registration is $99.

    The registration fee includes lunch and the Watson-Glaser assessment. Participants must bring a mobile device to complete the online assessment. Visit usfsm.edu/ctworkshops to register. There is a limit of 25 participants per workshop.

    “Based on my research and conversations, critical thinking is one of the most important skill sets for both the current and future workforce,” said Greg Smogard, PhD, assistant vice president of Innovation and Business Development at USFSM.

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2018 survey, employers rated critical thinking/problem solving as the most essential competency among new hires.

    The Critical Thinking Certification Workshops Series is modeled after USFSM’s highly-successful Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking (IBCT) program, an interdisciplinary, university-wide initiative that facilitates creativity and drives innovation. Now in its fourth year, IBCT has surpassed initial goals with more than 30 courses taught by nearly two dozen faculty, mini-grants to instructors and marked improvement in students’ critical thinking.

    “We’ve shattered operational targets, showing that our faculty are excited about the program and are rising to meet the student demand for critical thinking skills and certification,” said Michael Gillespie, PhD, director of USFSM’s IBCT program. “We’ve found that the ability to solve problems and make decisions is often valued by employers even more than an applicant’s major.”

    Each one-day workshop includes:

    • n  Session 1: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment
    • n  Session 2: Watson-Glaser Development Report and Personal Work Plan
    • n  Session 3: Critical Thinking: General Case Study and Discussion
    • n  Session 4: Critical Thinking: Business Case and Discussion
    • n  Session 5: Applying Critical Thinking to your Personal Development Plan
    • n  Session 6: Post Workshop Progress Report

    Workshop presenters include the following USFSM faculty and staff:

    • n  Michael Gillespie, PhD, director, Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking Program and associate professor of Psychology
    • n  Jenny Post, administrator, Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking Program
    • n  Greg Smogard, PhD, assistant vice president, Innovation and Business Development
    • n  Phillip Wagner, PhD, regional assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs
    • n  Lisa Penney, PhD, professor of Management

    For more information, contact Mike Gillespie at (941) 359-4228 or magillespie@sar.usf.edu.

    For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit http://usfsm.edu/.

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    About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

    USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida System, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee and Sarasota counties and online. USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of more than 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

  • 18 Sep 2019 5:20 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    People with Parkinson’s are dancing.  And starting in October, people with Parkinson’s and their care partners will be able to dance with The Sarasota Ballet.

    “We are thrilled to announce that Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s and The Sarasota Balletare partnering to provide “Dancing through Parkinson’s” for our Parkinson’s community,” said Robyn Faucy-Washington, CEO of Neuro Challenge and Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet, in a joint statement.

    Parkinson’s is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. According to Faucy-Washington, numerous studies show that dance helps improve mobility, balance, and gait by addressing the motor symptoms of PD which include resting tremors, slowness of movement, and difficulties with balance as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, pain, and sleep disorders.

    “The goal of Parkinson’s therapies is to slow the progression of the disease,” said Faucy-Washington. “Dancing through Parkinson’s” integrates physical, cognitive and social activities while including movements that are shown to target areas of the brain affected by Parkinson’s.”

    The partnership of these two organizations grew from the hard work and passion of Kate Honea, Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Mistress for The Sarasota Ballet. For the past several years Honea has worked tirelessly as both an advocate and teacher for the positive impact dance can have on Parkinson’s.

    The Neuro Challenge Foundation is a special organization to my family and me,” said Honea. “For the past several years I have worked with numerous people with Parkinson’s in the studio, and two years ago I received my certificate of training from Dance for PD®. I am honored to be able to share the joy of dance with the Parkinson's community to improve their quality of life.”

    The Dance for PD® program, developed by David Leventhal in 2001 for the Mark Morris Dance Group, has become a model for classes targeting Parkinson’s in more than 300 communities in 25 countries.

    “Having known about the work Mark Morris and David Leventhal had done with dance and Parkinson’s, I was so thrilled when Kate came to me with the proposal for Dancing through Parkinson’s,” explained Webb. “Kate is an incredible person - caring, tremendously talented, and incredibly smart, and this program will flourish in her hands.”

    Assisting Honea will be Sarasota Ballet Education Director Christopher Hird and faculty member Sarah Krazit, who will be undertaking the Dance for PD® training as well. “We believe in the benefits of dance for all ages and abilities and are excited to be able to improve and inspire the lives of people with Parkinson’s through dance,” said Hird.   

    Students will experience a lively and varied class including gentle stretching plus tailored dance steps and music from this year’s Sarasota Ballet season.

    Dancing for Parkinson’s will meet twice a month beginning on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:30am. The class will take place at The Sarasota Ballet School Rosemary Studios at 1400 Blvd. of the Arts. The class is free and opens to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers; no previous dance experience is necessary. Advance registration is not required. For more information, call Neuro Challenge at (941) 926-6413.

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. All programs and services are provided at no charge. For more information and free resources, visit www.neurochallenge.org or call (941) 926-6413.

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  • 11 Sep 2019 10:14 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Friday, September 20, Goodwill Manasota and SunCoast Blood Bank will officially launch a partnership effort to encourage donations of gently used items and of critically needed units of blood. The organizations will begin by bringing both the Goodwill “Giving Mobile” and the SunCoast Blood Bank “Bloodmobile” to the campus of PGT Custom Windows + Doors from 8am to 8pm, where leaders from both nonprofits and PGT will be in attendance for an informal celebration and brief remarks.

    The organizations are currently seeking additional locations in order to hold “Change a Life, Save a Life” donation drives at least once or possibly twice per month. Already in the works are events at FCCI Insurance Group (November 14) and Booker High School (date TBA). While the September 20 event at PGT is limited to PGT employees, the public is welcome to donate during select future events. For more information or to inquire about becoming a “Change a Life, Save a Life” location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 163 or email pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org


  • 11 Sep 2019 10:13 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation has added two philanthropic advisors to its philanthropy team, further strengthening the foundation’s ability to meet its mission of transforming the Gulf Coast region through bold and proactive philanthropy. In their new roles, C.J. Bannister and Matt Kahn work directly with Kirstin Fulkerson, a 16-year member of the Gulf Coast staff who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, to engage donors and grow philanthropic resources to benefit the region.

    Bannister, who joined Gulf Coast in July, is an Air Force veteran as well as a former financial advisor. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector by joining Goodwill Manasota as its first Director of Veterans Services, and most recently served as Chief Development Officer for Sarasota Military Academy Foundation. Kahn joined the Gulf Coast team in mid-August after serving most recently as Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee’s San Francisco office. Before that, he worked as Associate Director of Interfaith Relations at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.


Recent Member News





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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