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  • 24 Mar 2020 8:30 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    As an initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is relying on the Season of Sharing partnership with the Herald-Tribune Media Group and multiple nonprofit agencies to quickly and proactively help the most vulnerable individuals and families with immediate basic needs such as payments for utilities, childcare, and rent. As a response to this crisis and to bolster Season of Sharing funds, The Patterson Foundation has committed up to $1 million to strengthen this important safety net. The commitment includes an immediate $500,000 contribution, along with an additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $500,000. “Even in regular times, Season of Sharing is vital to many in our community, and we are so fortunate to have it to help now,” said Roxie Jerde, president, and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “In times like this, philanthropy can truly shine by providing resour ces for those most vulnerable. Our network of local human services nonprofits will be especially needed.  Bolstering Season of Sharing funds now will further support the changing government and private measures that are being developed at state and federal levels.”    

    When the match is fulfilled by the community, there will be $1.5 million total in additional funds for distribution in the four-county region of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. “While people navigate the evolving challenges COVID-19 presents in their own lives, they also want to know how to help others who find themselves facing uncharted financial trauma,” said Debra Jacobs, president & CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “For 20 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group have harnessed Season of Sharing to help strengthen individuals and families in our region and move them from uncertainty to security. Season of Sharing’s network offers donors a tried and true way to ensure their funds are administered effectively to those with immediate needs.”


  • 23 Mar 2020 4:32 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Icard Merrill Shareholder Tom Icard has earned board recertification in construction law from The Florida Bar. He is also board certified in civil trial law, one of ten attorneys in Florida who is dual-certified in both practice areas. Icard focuses his nationally recognized practice on construction related matters, from review of contract documents to claims negotiation and complex, multi-party litigation. His practice also includes regular engagement as a mediator, arbitrator, or special master in a broad range of civil disputes. Icard was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 and 2018, and Tampa metro area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012. 


  • 23 Mar 2020 7:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    JFCS of the Suncoast announces a special match opportunity from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust (the Flanzer Trust) to help financially prepare for anticipated increased needs directly related to hardships caused by the COVID-19 crisis. For 30 days, from March 19 to April 19, 2020, any gift up to $500 made through the Flanzer Trust Match Program to support ‘JFCS-COVID 19’ will be matched 2:1. As an example, JFCS will receive $1500 from the Flanzer Trust for a $500 donation made during the special match period. 

    JFCS serves more than 5,700 individuals each year in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto and Lee Counties.  Its support services include counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life necessities, financial aid and life skills education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis. 

    “As our community faces COVID-19 together, JFCS’ commitment to provide critical programs, services and support to those in need – including Seniors, Veterans and those experiencing or near homelessness – remains unwavering,” said Heidi Brown, JFCS CEO. “The Flanzer Trust has long been a valued partner, and we appreciate their support now more than ever as we work to ensure our readiness to manage the needs of those that we serve,” Brown added.

    “The Flanzer Trust is proud to carry on Gloria Flanzer’s passion for JFCS and its vital human services and mental health programs that provide impact and positive outcomes in our community,” said Eric Kaplan and Dean Hautamaki, Flanzer Trust co-trustees. “Gloria had a strong commitment to the well-being of Sarasota. We recognize that those who benefit most from JFCS’ services and support also have the potential to be most impacted by COVID-19, and we appreciate the opportunity to support JFCS in their desire to be ready for likely increased needs,” Hautamaki and Kaplan added. 


  • 18 Mar 2020 4:16 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL  March 18, 2020 – Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is working to feed food-insecure residents of Manatee County as many businesses, community centers, and schools close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    While Friendship Dining Centers, the Enrichment Center, and Daybreak Adult Day Center, all programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, suspended programming due to recommendations regarding group gatherings from the Centers for Disease Control, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee continues home-delivery of meals to home-bound seniors and disabled residents in Manatee County to ensure they receive proper nutrition. Volunteers and staff are taking extra precautions to safeguard clients and themselves.

    Through The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, emergency relief is also being provided to children and families in the wake of COVID-19.  In partnership with the School District of Manatee County, The Food Bank of Manatee is providing bags of food to feed a family of five breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the weekend.  The food will be distributed on Fridays in conjunction with the school district’s Food and Mobile Feeding Buses that service seven locations throughout Manatee County.  In addition, The Food Bank of Manatee is providing increased services to food pantries and partner agencies within the county to help meet the demand for essential nutrition.

    Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is in need of:

    • ·         Non-perishable food items, specifically canned meats, canned fruits, peanut butter, and boxes of cereal. Donations can be delivered to 811 23rd Ave. East, Bradenton, Florida. 
    • ·         Unopened packages of toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer to provide to home-bound and disabled residents as the supply of these items at the stores are depleted.  Donations can be delivered to 811 23rd Ave. East, Bradenton, Florida. 
    • ·         Monetary donations to cover operational and program expenses related to increased needs due to COVID-19. The Steven and Natalee Herrig Family Foundation has offered a $50,000 $1: $1 match to assist in providing critical nutrition and supportive services to those in need in our community.  Donations can be made online at MealsOnWheelsPLUS.org/donate or by mail to 811 23rd Ave. East, Bradenton, Florida. 

    “Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has always offered so much more than a meal to members of our community,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “During this exceptional, challenging time we are a literal lifeline – providing critical nutrition and care to those who are hungry and isolated. We need the support of our community to meet the needs that are increasing daily related to this pandemic.”

    PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

    Friday, 03/20/2020 – The Food Bank of Manatee, a program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, will distribute food to children and families at Lincoln Park 501 17th St. East, Palmetto between 12:30 and 1:30pm.


  • 16 Mar 2020 9:26 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, has been awarded the contract to construct a new 11,000-square-foot building for Harvest House, one of the few nonprofit organizations in Sarasota to work towards the development, preservation, and management of affordable, service-enriched housing. The nonprofit’s new Life Enrichment building will house four classrooms, one large multipurpose space with a stage, a catering kitchen, adequate childcare space for varying ages, restroom facilities and community accessible administrative and development offices. Its existing building will be converted into office space with church worship services. Halfacre Construction Company will perform site development and new construction of the new pre-engineered metal structure. Zoller Autrey Architects is the architect on the project. “Harvest House provides life enrichment activities to more than 200 clients weekly,” said Erin E. Minor, executive director of Harvest House. “Of those clients, 120 attend classes five nights per week, yet we currently have no classroom infrastructure. The new building will also facilitate more community walk-ins and agency partner meetings. We have raised $1.4 million so far, but our goal for this capital campaign is $1.75 million with the community’s continued support.” The $2.3 million is projected to start in summer 2020. Located at 3650 17th Street in Sarasota on a 5-acre parcel, the project is slated for completion in spring 2021. Harvest House serves homeless families, veterans, youth ages 16 to 24 and adults with a history of incarceration and substance abuse. The organization offers family services, youth services, addiction services, veteran services and its Harvest Food Pantry. Today, Harvest House has nine supportive housing campuses and 30 affordable rentals encompassing more than 400 beds and serves more than 900 individuals annually. 

  • 10 Mar 2020 1:08 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    360 ORTHOPEDICS is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Silverstein, MD as Chief of Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Silverstein is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction.  He is Managing Partner and President of 360 Orthopedics with three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Dr. Silverstein hails from West Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.  He holds his Medical Degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He performed his orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed Fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. Dr. Silverstein treats patients at all three of the 360 Orthopedics locations where same day and next day appointments are available when needed. The facilities are full service offering MRI, X-ray, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, EMG, Nerve Conduction Studies, and the dispensing of durable medical equipment. 360 Orthopedics was established in 1978 to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for the community.

  • 10 Mar 2020 1:07 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The purchase of this standalone building is something that is important to our Wealth Mangers, our dedicated clients and to our management team. This building truly allows us to be part of the community that has supported our efforts in Sarasota for more than half a decade. The Gulf Coast of Florida, and Sarasota more specifically, has been the perfect location for the firm to be able to service its relocated clients and continue to expand our independent wealth management platform. Halliday Financial continues to grow its advisory channel, through the addition of new clients and new Wealth Managers. At Halliday we believe our independent nature and robust technology platform will be a model current advisors in Sarasota will find most attractive. The format that allows seasoned advisors to service their existing individual and retail clients on their terms, and realize countless opportunities for growth, makes Halliday Financial a welcome addition to Sarasota’s financial landscape.

    When asked about expanding the firm’s reach and the new building, Scott H. Solomon, Chief Operating Officer, Halliday Financial said, “The last few years have proven that Sarasota was the right choice for our firm’s expansion. Our clients, like many others, are attracted to the white-sand beaches, the world class museums, art, and the overall culture of Sarasota. The growth of the surrounding communities and business district are truly impressive. We are looking forward to becoming a part of all of it.”


  • 05 Mar 2020 1:11 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Throughout the month of February, Veteran Air Conditioning held a donation drive to support Goodwill Manasota’s mission services. The company picked up gently-used items that its clients in the Sarasota-Manatee area no longer wanted or needed, and transported them to Goodwill, where they are being sold in retail stores throughout the area. Proceeds support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.

    Veteran Air Conditioning owner Kevin Henault, who has been a proud Ambassador for Goodwill Manasota for a number of years, supports the organization in particular for its commitment to helping veterans reintegrate into their families, jobs and communities. Henault – who served in the Army – comes from a long line of veterans. He notes that many of the men in his family have served in the Armed Forces, in every conflict since World War I. And his son returned from Afghanistan in 2015, where he served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

    "I appreciate that Goodwill works to help and employ veterans through its many programs and services," said Henault. "Especially given my own family’s tradition of service, I'm honored to partner with Goodwill to help the veterans in our community as well as those who are seeking to improve their lives through career services, education and training."

    Henault, who employs numerous veterans, has hired veterans through Goodwill's Veterans Services Program. He also notes that his wife, Adriane, is a Goodwill fan who loves to shop in its retail stores.

    “This is a wonderful example of a local business showcasing great corporate social responsibility. Through our Ambassadors Program, we are proud to partner with companies like Veteran Air Conditioning for events and donation drives throughout the year,” said Gray Videnka, vice president of the Goodwill Manasota Foundation. “We are grateful to Veteran Air Conditioning for continuing to help us to give chances – not charity – to deserving people in our community.”

    Veteran Air Conditioning management offered up a prize of $200 for the technician who brought in the most donations. Nearly 50 households donated to the effort, with eight technicians collecting goods during service calls. Items the team members collected included clothing, shoes, jewelry, functioning computers, household items and decor, kitchenware, books and more. Veteran Air Conditioning held similar donation drives to benefit Goodwill in 2016 and in April of 2019.

    Through Goodwill Manasota’s Ambassadors Program, community members make a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill with the greater community by volunteering at events, speaking on the organization's behalf, creating new fundraisers, and introducing their friends, family and colleagues to Goodwill. For more information or to get involved, contact Pavitra Ciavardone at pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 163.

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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