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  • 27 Jan 2021 8:51 AM | Deleted user

    Aqua Plumbing & Air, a local heating, air conditioning and plumbing company, partnered with Gorman Company, a plumbing wholesale company, to host the 4th annual “Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Appreciation Breakfast” on Friday, January 22, 2021. “It’s important to say ‘thank you’ to people who serve our community, and we are proud to continue this annual appreciation breakfast for our local heroes,” said Chuck Jacobson, co-owner of Aqua Plumbing & Air. “Our Sheriff and his team work 24/7, 365 days a year, to keep our community safe. Not only is it good to give back, we believe it is our responsibility as business owners to show appreciation to our community. We are proud to partner with Gorman Company to host this annual event and look forward to showing our gratitude, year after year.” 


  • 27 Jan 2021 8:51 AM | Deleted user

    The Patterson Foundation has contributed $250,000 to support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s work to ensure that more children in asset-limited families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. “The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has built a vast network of 350+ communities working to move the needle on reading proficiency for children across the country,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Being able to witness the impact of this nationwide movement in The Patterson Foundation’s home region continues to inspire and motivate as we strive to connect, learn from and share with each other.” 


  • 27 Jan 2021 8:33 AM | Deleted user

    Sarasota-based construction management firm and commercial contractor Firmo Construction has been hired to convert downtown Fort Myers’ Hotel Indigo into a Tapestry Collection, Hilton’s newest upscale brand.  In partnership with Savannah-based hospitality and development company HOS Management, over the next year Firmo will execute a top-to-bottom conversion of the eight-story, 6,500-square-foot property, which currently has 72 guest rooms. When finished, the new hotel will feature 96 guest suites, a renovated rooftop pool and bar, and a new commercial kitchen and lobby bar for expanded food and beverage offerings.

  • 27 Jan 2021 8:32 AM | Deleted user

    Sarasota-based Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency recently acquired Jeff DeJongh and Associates, a property and casualty insurance agency that serves Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Jeff DeJongh and his three staffers will all join Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency, with DeJongh acting as vice-president of sales.

  • 26 Jan 2021 3:13 PM | Deleted user

    Sarasota, FL (January 26, 2021) - PGT Innovations, a national leader in the premium window and door category, has partnered with Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, to kick off the agency’s 60th anniversary in a special initiative called 60 for 60.

    In honor of Children First’s major milestone, the agency is hosting 60 volunteer projects with 60 different community partners throughout the year. PGT Innovations began the year-long initiative on January 26 at Children First’s North Port campus with landscaping and mulching.

    Jeff Jackson, CEO and President of PGT Innovations, was on-hand to accept a special award from Children First CEO Philip Tavill for his service to the agency’s mission during his six-year tenure on the Board of Directors. Jackson, who served as Board Chair in 2019, has been a long-time supporter of providing high-quality education and opportunities for children and families in need.

    “PGT is proud to support Children First and its efforts to make our community the best it can possibly be as a lead partner in this initiative. For nearly a decade, our staff has been involved in the agency’s mission, from volunteering, to sponsoring, to serving on the board, and we are excited to help commemorate this incredible achievement,” says Jackson.

    “Because of our extraordinary partners like PGT, we are celebrating 60 years of providing the highest-quality early childhood education and family strengthening services to those most at-risk in our community. At Children First we say that many hands make light work, and we could not be more appreciative for Jeff and every employee at PGT who continue to invest in our children and families, mission, and greater community,” says Tavill


  • 22 Jan 2021 11:47 AM | Deleted user

    SARASOTA — After partnering for more than a year, Easterseals Happiness House and InStride Therapy have formally merged all business operations.

    The unification will expand Easterseals’ already-diverse inventory of therapies and strengthen offerings in south Sarasota County for individuals with disabilities and their families, according to a press release. 

    Easterseals began managing business operations at InStride in 2019. The merger completely marries business details of the two enterprises.

    “We are proud of the work that our organizations have accomplished and look forward to celebrating even stronger success as the two become one,” says President and CEO Tom Waters in the statement. “This will allow us to deliver an exceptional full range of services for our clients and their families, now with the powerful tools only the horses can provide.”

    The merger expands traditional Easterseals’ therapies, which include occupational, physical, speech and behavioral, to now fully include hippotherapy, which aids physical needs, and equine-assisted therapy, which assists clients with mental health, emotional and behavioral needs, including those associated with autism.

    InStride Therapy will maintain its brand identity and website, now anchored under the 74-year-old Easterseals umbrella of services, as well as its 25-year legacy of offering equine therapy at one of the premier equestrian facilities in the Southeast U.S., the release says. 

    Easterseals Happiness House provides therapies and services for individuals with disabilities and their families. The agency began serving the Southwest Florida region in 1946.


  • 22 Jan 2021 8:42 AM | Deleted user

    The Van Wezel is proud to announce a partnership with Impact100 SRQ to host the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry food drive on January 30, 2021. The event will be held in the Van Wezel’s parking lot from 9am to 12pm, and members of the community are encouraged to donate perishable and non-perishable food items for those in need during that time. Jane Gill Watt, President of Impact100 SRQ commented: “This year we have seen people in our community struggling and they need our help more than ever. We all have a role to play in ensuring everyone in Manatee and Sarasota counties has adequate food and can lead a healthy life."   


  • 21 Jan 2021 4:32 PM | Deleted user

    SARASOTA, FL – The law firm of Icard Merrill has renewed its long-standing pro bono program for the 13th year, continuing the firm’s legacy of service by providing vital legal services to those in need.

    Icard Merrill has worked for many years with The Florida Bar, Legal Aid of Manasota, the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program, and key community partners on hundreds of pro bono cases in numerous areas of law, including estate planning, probate, family law, guardianship, property issues, and more.

    Despite a pandemic and virtual challenges, the firm continued to serve clients and engage in the program throughout 2020 with over 550 hours of pro bono work completed by attorneys and staff. Ten of the firm’s attorneys were recently honored for “exceptional pro bono service,” contributing over 20 hours each of pro bono work in 2019. The Supreme Court of Florida presented a pin and letter of commendation to Drew Clayton, Tom Icard, Bob Lyons, Tony Manganiello, Bianca Manos, Lindsey Meshberger, Nicole Price, Stephen Rees, Jordan Riccardi, and John Waskom. Paralegals and other staff members also devoted considerable hours to the cases.

    Program Coordinator Attorney Nicole Price was recognized for donating an astounding 100+ hours of pro bono work. She stated, “We are all committed to the success of this program and it’s not only part of our culture, but an integral part of our firm’s values, giving back and fulfilling community needs and expectations.”

    In addition, some of the firm’s attorneys also volunteer as mentors to local youth through Faces of Accomplishment, Inc., and Booker High School Law Academy.

    Icard Merrill’s pro bono program was created in 2008 when Chief Judge Lee E. Haworth approved Icard Merrill’s “Firm Commitment to the Community,” a voluntary firm plan for services. As part of the plan, members are committed to participate in pro bono activities to the fullest extent possible and to exercise leadership to address the legal needs of the working poor in our community and assist in building a local pro bono culture.

    Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.

    Legal Aid of Manasota provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of the community who qualify for services by partnering with local lawyers. This group of volunteer and staff lawyers helps stabilize homes, health and families, making our community stronger socially and economically. Legal Aid of Manasota is committed to providing access to justice by making sure the justice system serves the poor and not just those who can afford a lawyer. Founded in 1990, they have three offices located in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. Learn more at legalaidofmanasota.org.

    Florida Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s pro bono program develops pro bono partnerships with bar associations, law firms, courts, law schools and legal aid organizations to increase and maintain the number of lawyers who take pro bono cases; increase the number of individuals, both low-income and special populations, that receive free legal assistance; and assist pro bono providers to be more effective and efficient through innovation and technology. The Florida Bar Foundation strives to provide greater access to justice in Florida by expanding and improving representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters; improving the fair and effective administration of justice; and promoting public service among lawyers by making it an integral component of the law school experience. More information can be found at FloridaProBono.org.


  • 20 Jan 2021 4:18 PM | Deleted user

    Sarasota, FL (January 20, 2021) – Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is excited to welcome new directors and announce board leadership for 2021. Elizabeth (Liz) Stamoulis, partner at Williams Parker Attorneys at Law, leading the firm’s intellectual property practice, Linda Monda, community philanthropist, and Joe Stephan, former Vice President for the National Cash Register Corporation’s International Division, have all been named to the 2021 Board of Directors.

    “We are excited to welcome Liz, Linda, and Joe, who all add so much to our incredible board of directors. Each brings a wealth of experience in their respective fields and a keen understanding of those we serve and will make our agency even stronger as we celebrate sixty years of changing the lives of generations of children and families within our community,” said CEO Philip Tavill.

    Stamoulis was recently recognized as the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2020 Young Professional of the Year and has been named a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past three years. Monda has helped create pathways and opportunities for those in need through a distinguished record of supporting initiatives such as grade-level reading, scholarships, and ending homelessness. Stephan has lived and worked internationally and has become a staple of support in the Sarasota community through serving on the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and other roles. They join the rest of the board in providing governance experience that helps Children First continue to provide the highest quality of comprehensive and family services to our community’s most vulnerable.

    Katherine Martucci, retired educator, will serve as Board Chair and Jacqueline Ray, Ph.D. as Vice Chair. Katrina Otchet, Community Volunteer, and Keith Johnson, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor with Truist Wealth, will serve as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Mike Keebaugh, former President of Intelligence and Information Systems at The Raytheon Company, is now Chair Emeritus.


  • 20 Jan 2021 1:08 PM | Deleted user

    ATLANTA- January 20, 2021, Southeastern-based accounting and business advisory firm, Mauldin &

    Jenkins, is pleased to announce the expansion of their Advisory Practice with the addition of (M&J)

    Human Resource Advisory Services .

    “We believe that in addition to traditional business advisory and consulting services, it is critical that we

    find new ways to meet client needs in these uncertain times, “ says Jeff Fucito, Partner in Charge of the

    Firm’s Advisory Practice. “We welcome the addition of Human Resources Advisory to our Firm as a

    valuable resource to our clients.”

    Led by Timothy (Tim) Evans, Senior Manager in the Firm’s Advisory Practice, Human Resources Advisory

    will include Recruitment and Selection of Employees and Management, Managerial Relations,

    Unemployment Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations, Performance Management, as well as Job

    Analysis and Job Design, and more.

    “In order to optimize success and alleviate challenges within an organization, you must understand that

    every organization is different,” Evans said. “By adding Human Resource Advisory Services to the list of

    services we provide, Mauldin & Jenkins is committing to help organizations through various human

    resources functions that they need to be tailored to them.”

    Evans’ experience includes providing executive leadership and project direction to Georgia state

    government and Federal and state partner agencies. Tim has 27 years of service to the State of Georgia,

    including serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Human Resources Director at the Georgia

    Department of Labor.

    Learn more about our Human Resources Advisory Services by visiting our website at

    www.mjcpa.com/human-resources-advisory-services.






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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