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  • 02 Jul 2019 2:08 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    BRADENTON, FL – For Kashani Abnar, 22, earning her high school diploma didn’t work out so well the first time around. But, thanks to a partnership of Goodwill Manasota and Manatee Technical College – along with financial and coaching support from Goodwill – she was finally able to walk the stage, collect her GED, and take the next step toward a better future.

    Abnar left high school in 11th grade, enrolling in an alternative school program where she did very well, going from six to 18 credit hours in just one year. But when she turned 18, she was no longer eligible for the program and was told she would have to pursue her GED on her own.

    She began working at Goodwill Manasota’s Mecca location in April 2017. Like all employees at Goodwill, she began meeting with a GoodPartner Coach shortly after beginning her new job. The first goal Abnar identified was to earn her GED and, at that time, MTC was providing a GED class at her work location. Her leadership team was flexible, enabling her to work toward her diploma while both on and off the clock.

    Abnar completed her work toward her GED at the MTC West Campus in Bradenton, which was close to her home. Goodwill covered the cost of the vouchers needed to take her GED Ready tests and, after that, she passed all four of her GED test subjects. Although she had technically missed the deadline to walk for graduation, an email from her GoodPartner Coach to MTC paved the way for an exception to made. In the end, Abnar enjoyed walking the stage at the end of May (with two proud Goodwill GoodPartner Coaches in attendance) as well as a work celebration with the team that had supported her through her educational journey.

    While studying at MTC, Abnar’s GoodPartner Coach encouraged her to research career training programs, to review job descriptions and pay scales. She has decided to pursue her paralegal certification, and will begin classes in January 2020. Her certification is being funded by Goodwill’s Rick and Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund.

    The organizations have worked together well in recent years. In 2018, when MTC’s North Campus in Palmetto closed, Goodwill provided community room space for MTC’s GED classes at three Manatee County Goodwill locations. Additionally, Goodwill team members and community members served through the free Job Connection career services program who have earned their GED with assistance from the Fawley Fund can receive additional funds to support earning a technical certification – for free – at MTC, just as Abnar is doing.

    “By earning their GED, community members can make more money, increase their job satisfaction, and have the possibility of attending college, if that is their goal,” said Margie Genter, vice president of Goodwill Manasota. "Our Goodwill Works, GoodPartner Coach and Goodwill® U programs are focused on providing team members with the tools and resources to be successful at work, to enjoy personal growth, and to achieve their life goals. We congratulate Kashani for her efforts and look forward to seeing great things in her future."

    Genter also noted that Goodwill provides nearly 20,000 hours of on-the-clock training to its team members annually. Any employees who wish to earn their GED through the Goodwill-hosted MTC classes can participate for up to 90 minutes weekly while on the clock and complete the rest through computers at a Goodwill Job Connection center or at home.

    “Goodwill has helped me immensely in reaching my goals, starting with the team leader coach at Mecca who allowed me to change my schedule in order to make it to class every weekday night,” said Abnar. “My GoodPartner Coach was also there to help me stay motivated along the way. Another way Goodwill has supported me was in providing funds for school - how amazing is that?”

    For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.

    PHOTO ID: Kashani Abnar (center) during her graduation at MTC with Goodwill GoodPartner Coaches Diana Olivieri (left) and Shirley Walker

  • 02 Jul 2019 2:03 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Icard Merrill Litigation Attorney Anthony J. Manganiello has been listed in the 2019 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. Manganiello was named as a Legal Elite Up and Comer, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in the law and in their community. The list of 1,126 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. Manganiello is listed as a Legal Elite Up and Comer in the Civil Trial category. He has a diverse litigation practice with a special emphasis on personal injury, automobile accidents, wrongful death, products liability, and complex civil litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Florida.

    ONLINE LINK: 
    http://icardmerrill.com/anthony-manganiello-named-to-florida-trends-legal-elite/


  • 02 Jul 2019 1:00 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Williams Parker has announced attorney Michael J. Wilson has been reappointed to serve as co-director of the Federal Tax Division of the Florida Bar for the 2019-2020 term. Wilson, a member of Williams Parker’s management committee and the firm's treasurer, practices tax, corporate and business law handling sophisticated tax planning and tax controversy matters and advising clients on significant business transactions. He serves as outside general counsel to businesses of all sizes in many industries. He is certified as a tax specialist by the Florida Bar and handles federal, state and international tax planning matters. Wilson also represents clients during the tax audit process, before the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Office, before the Internal Revenue Service National Office in requests for rulings and technical advice, before the Florida Department of Revenue in audits, appeals, and ruling requests, and before the United States Tax Court and the Con gressional Joint Committee on Taxation. 


  • 02 Jul 2019 1:00 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed new members and elected new officers to its board of directors, which guides, oversees and cultivates the organization’s strategic planning and operations.

    Nelle Miller, co-founder of BizTank, will serve as chair, with Daniel DeLeo, a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, assuming the role of vice chair. Outgoing Chair Richard Gans, shareholder with Fergeson Skipper, will serve as treasurer and William M. Seider, partner with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, continues as secretary. Joining the board for three-year terms are Lynn Wentworth, retired financial executive currently serving as director on three public company boards, and Matthew Sauer, executive editor and general manager of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Wentworth also currently serves as a member of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Investment Committee.

    Continuing their duties as board member s are C.J. Fishman, Paul Hudson, Donna Koffman, Rodney Linford, Kelvin Lumpkin, Jeffrey McCurdy, Michael R. Pender, Jr., Richard Smith, Drayton Saunders, Felice Schulaner, Andrew Stultz, Marilyn Thompson, Terri Vitale and Mary Lou Winnick. 


  • 01 Jul 2019 8:41 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s recently named Tammy Taylor its business development manager, a newly created position that will manage Neuro Challenge’s earned income opportunities, including the Parkinson’s Expo—the largest Parkinson’s educational forum in the U.S. Taylor will be responsible for maintaining existing partnerships and overseeing the development of strategic collaborations with hospitals, universities and other organizations that support Neuro Challenge’s mission of improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Over the course of her career, Taylor has held several senior management positions in the personal and business banking sectors, where she was responsible for teams of consumer and business specialists with an emphasis on business development.

  • 27 Jun 2019 1:18 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lovers of pulled pork, ribs and brisket, take note: Nancy Krohngold is opening a new Nancy’s Bar-B-Q location in Lakewood Ranch at 11 a.m. next Monday, July 1. The restaurant will be located at 14475 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, and will be open seven days a week and offer a full bar menu, a first for a Nancy’s.

    The new restaurant will replace Krohngold’s existing Lakewood Ranch outpost, Li’l Nancy’s at the Ranch, a smaller version of her ever-popular downtown restaurant that opened three years ago. Li’l Nancy’s will close for a spell before reopening as Nancy’s Pantry Cold Grab & Go.


  • 27 Jun 2019 8:34 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (SMHF) recently awarded a total of four grants benefitting the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Emergency Care Center (ECC), Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and Palliative Care Program. 

    $397,000 will be used to purchase additional equipment for the ECC. The equipment will be used for patient care and resident training for physician residents entering SMH’s new Emergency Medicine Residency program starting in July. Nine medical school graduates enroll in this three-year program each year.

    $144,000 raised at the Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine educational luncheon last March will help support the newly created position of Chief Medical Resident at Sarasota Memorial’s Internal Medicine practice in Newtown. The chief resident will serve as junior attending physician under program director Wilhemine Wiese-Rometsch, M.D., in addition to overseeing other residents in training and helping manage daily operations.

    $73,000 was awarded to help expand palliative care services at SMH and fund a new fellowship program that will begin in July 2020 with two fellows in training. An additional $45,000 will help fund palliative care nurse education beginning this fall, as well as the purchase of comfort carts to provide in-room amenities such as snacks, beverages, books and music to palliative care patients and families


  • 26 Jun 2019 3:57 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $60,000 from the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation in support of the award-winning GoodPartner Coach program. This is the ninth year that Goodwill has received funding from the French Foundation for this purpose.

    The GoodPartner Coach program offers individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment – 84% of Goodwill’s workforce has a self-identified disability of disadvantage – with job training and case management services. The goal of the program is to enable those who may have been overlooked elsewhere to gain positive personal and workplace behaviors and skills, feel the pride of earning a paycheck and move toward self-sufficiency, build a strong work history, and develop the experience and skills to position them for higher-paying jobs outside of Goodwill.

    Through Goodwill's GoodPartner Coach Program, team members participate in a career needs assessment, the development of an individualized case management plan, and then go through training components to reach ultimate desired outcomes. Job performance and educational benchmarks are set, providing clear expectations for career advancement readiness. Ideally, individuals with disabilities or other barriers to self-sufficiency will establish a lifetime link with Goodwill, so that they may take advantage of ever-increasing services available throughout the community.

    “Goodwill has been innovative in hiring people from the community who may have been overlooked elsewhere and the GoodPartner Coach Program has been essential in providing these people with the tools they need to succeed in finding and retaining employment,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Everyone deserves a chance to earn a paycheck and feel the dignity of work. We are grateful to the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation for helping us change lives in a very big way.”

    For more information about the GoodPartner Coach program, call 941-355-2721 or go to experiencegoodwill.org.

    Photo ID: GoodPartner Coach program manager Dana Knuuti (right) with employee Dayhana Morales

    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 26 Jun 2019 8:42 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Hermione Gilpin has been appointed vice president of institutional development for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. She will lead the gardens’ comprehensive development program and strategic direction for its annual, planned, major and capital campaigns—including its master plan—and oversight of grant-writing efforts and sponsorship activities. Gilpin recently served as a philanthropic advisor at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she advocated for of donor engagement in arts and culture at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

  • 25 Jun 2019 8:28 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The office of U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan has announced that the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has been awarded $3.6 million by the Federal Aviation Authority for a drainage and water management system improvement project, noting that the announcement came after Buchanan urged acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell to approve the airport’s request for federal funding.

    The funds will help improve airfield drainage and reduction in wildlife hazards. It will permit an additional 80 plus acres of taxiways, buildings/hangars, aprons, parking and access road improvements. The reduction in storm water ponds, and the deepening and steepening of the pond and side slopes will also eliminate or reduce wildlife that is currently attracted to the storm water ponds.

    An update found that the existing airport water management system was essentially at capacity. In addition, most of the current system has design elements that are not consistent with the United S tates Department of Agriculture/FAA guidance on minimizing the attraction of hazardous wildlife. The proposed project will correct those deficiencies. 


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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