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  • 15 Feb 2019 11:19 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    (Bradenton, FL – February 15, 2019) Mark your calendars for blast off with the Take Stock 5K Space Race in Lakewood Ranch on March 3 at 8 am.

    Celebrating its tenth year, the annual event hosts a fun, family day with runs for both the elite and the fun runner as well as the After Race party with food, music and activities.

    One of the largest 5Ks in Manatee County, funds raised go to college and other post-secondary education scholarships for Take Stock scholars.

    Here is the schedule:
    7:15  Fun Runs for different age groups. Moms, Dads with strollers are welcome!
    8:00  Take Stock 5K
    8:10  Mentor Mile – featuring mentors and their mentees

    Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide talented, academically qualified, at risk students the opportunity for a post-secondary education. Take Stock scholars outperform all Florida students in high school and college graduation rates.

    Entry fees range from $15 - $45. Early registration runs through Feb.24. Find details and register now at TakeStockManatee.org or in person at Fit2Run at the UTC mall or Main Street in Sarasota.

    ###     Photo Credit: Tom Conner, 2018 Take Stock 5K

    Register now for the Take Stock 5K Space Race!
    Sunday March 3 in Lakewood Ranch
    Benefitting Take Stock in Children of Manatee County


  • 15 Feb 2019 11:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Seniors and adults with disabilities who have concerns about Medicare and other health insurance options can receive free insurance counseling at several new locations. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors are now providing free, unbiased health insurance counseling at Goodwill Manasota community rooms at four locations in Sarasota County. 

    Offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL), SHINE empowers Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family members to make informed decisions about health care coverage. SHINE is a volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and part of the national State Health Insurance Assistance Program network.

    The SHINE counseling sessions are available at the following Goodwill locations from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays: Goodwill Selby (1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota) the first Thursday of each month; Goodwill Honore (1740 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota) the second Thursday of each month; Goodwill Mecca (5150 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota) the third Thursday of each month; and Goodwill University (8490 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota) the fourth Thursday of each month. Sessions are by appointment only; to request an appointment with a SHINE counselor, please call the Elder Helpline at (866) 413-5337.

    SHINE counselors assist clients with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, and long-term care insurance. SHINE counselors can help seniors and adults with disabilities find programs which may lower their prescription drug costs, provide prescription drugs at no cost, or help with Medicare co-pays and deductibles. As part of the national Senior Medicare Patrol program, SHINE counselors also educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage.  Last year in Southwest Florida alone, SHINE assisted 10,000 people with counseling services.

    By partnering with organizations like Goodwill Manasota, AAASWFL is able to assist more Medicare beneficiaries in our region. Goodwill is able to host these sessions through its Good Neighbor program, which was launched more than 20 years ago to provide community meeting places, free of charge. Goodwill has expanded the program over the years to offer numerous free, instructor-led classes on a variety of topics and volunteer-directed activities, providing a place where local residents can enrich their lives through educational, cultural and social programs. Goodwill Manasota is able to provide these free classes and services to the community thanks to the sales of donated goods.

    "Given the demographics of our region, Goodwill feels it is very important to provide extra support and services for area seniors," said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. "We are pleased to partner with organizations such as ITN Suncoast, AARP and now AAASWFL in an effort to provide transportation, activities and programs, and information that will help our region's seniors to lead more active, healthy, and financially secure lives."

    To make an appointment at any of the Goodwill Manasota sites, or to receive assistance by phone, call the AAASWFL’s toll-free Elder Helpline at (866) 413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). Additional counseling sites can be found on the SHINE website: www.floridashine.org

    PHOTO ID: Gray Videnka (left), vice president of the Goodwill Manasota Foundation and Marianne Lorini, president and CEO of AAASWFL

    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.

    The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization celebrating its 40th year of serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to connecting adults ages 60 and over and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safetly with independence and dignity. More information is available at www.aaaswfl.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).


  • 14 Feb 2019 2:34 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)
      (Bradenton, FL – February 14, 2019) – The Neuro Challenge Parkinson Café has a new home. On March 7, the monthly social gathering for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers will be held at Elan  Manatee, a senior living community located at 7350 55th Ave E, Bradenton. The special program celebrating their new home features the following guest facilitators:


    10 a.m. Coffee hosted by Elan Manatee
    10:15 a.m. Lynn and Brad Schramek, Getting to Know You
    11 a.m. Lisa Richardson, LMHC,
    Art Therapist, Spirited Away Art Therapy; discussing the power of creativity on emotional health
    12 noon. Lunch
    1 p.m. Carolyn Michel, Asolo Repertory actor for 24 seasons; sharing excerpts from one-woman plays
    Encore: Panel sharing stories of a love for the theatre: Carolyn Michel, Howard Millman and Bradford Wallace.

    The Neuro Challenge Parkinson Café program provides social, cultural and intellectual interaction for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners as well as education on living with the progressive neurological disorder. The program is offered in Manatee on the first Thursday from October through April. Founded by Lynn Schramek in 2009 after her corporate executive husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 45, the program is now federally trademarked and offered in Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and upstate New York.

    The Neuro Challenge Parkinson Café is free but registration is required. Register by calling Lynn or Brad at 941-351-6281. Go to www.parkinsoncafe.org for upcoming events. Learn about other events for people with Parkinson’s at NeuroChallenge.org/programs.

  • 13 Feb 2019 10:02 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will play host to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Sunday March 17, 2019 with festivities beginning at 12 noon and continuing until 9 pm. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Family Friendly free festivities include:

                     • Singer Paul Cottrell 12 Noon-4 pm Center Court

                     • Singer Jim Garee 1-5 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee

                     • Singer Dave Heveron and Friends 1-5 pm third section of Village

                     • Irish Dancers from Kavanagh Porter Warren Academy USA 4:30 pm Center Court

                     • Finest Face Painting by MaryRose 2-7 pm near Center Court

                     Lee County Pipes & Drums Parade/Performance 5:30-6:00 pm Center Court

                     Traditional Irish Music Show by Mark Fitzpatrick and Eddie Dillon 5-9 pm Center Court

    Originally from Boston, Eddie Dillon is a multi-instrumentalist – guitar, mandolin, banjo & bass blended with a little Irish wit! Singer/Songwriter Mark Fitzpatrick has toured with Ireland’s famous folk singers, The Clancy Brothers.

    Village Restaurants will feature Irish food specials (call for details/reservations)

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL. 941 639-8721 www.fishville.com.



  • 08 Feb 2019 8:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    During the week of February 18th-22nd, PDQ on SR 70 in LWR will be offering a 20% discount to all Alliance members!!

    Thank you to Mark Dennis for this generous offer!

  • 05 Feb 2019 2:22 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure we invite the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance members to be our guest for the LECOM Suncoast Classic Golf Tournament held at the beautiful Lakewood National Golf Club, just a few minutes from our LECOM Bradenton campus. 

    Tournament Dates:  Thursday Feb 14th, Friday Feb 15th, Sat Feb 16th or Sunday Feb 17th

    Please follow the link below for specific event details and to submit your request to attend one of these days.  Daily event passes are limited and on a first come first serve basis, so please RSVP right away!

    Your Day Pass can be picked-up at the will call in the LECOM Concierge Tent upon arrival.  Parking is free.

    LECOM Suncoast Classic 1 day pass A

    Hope to see you on the course!


  • 29 Jan 2019 12:06 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA, Fla. (January 29, 2019) – Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has promoted Ellen Thomas to senior meeting sales manager, and appointed Amanda Walker leisure group sales manager and Allison Jones group sales coordinator. The growth of VSC’s sales department will allow the tourism bureau to better identify, attract and entertain conferences, meetings and groups, resulting in extended stays, large bookings, and an upsurge in first-time visitors to the area.

    “It was important for us to grow the sales team for Visit Sarasota County so that we are able to help keep our hotels full during the midweek period,” said Kelly Defebo, VSC’s director of sales. “The business traveler becomes intrigued with all we have to offer here, and often they end up returning so that they can enjoy our amenities with their spouse or families on vacation.”

    With the promotion to Senior Meeting Sales Manager, Thomas will lead a team devoted to marketing the destination to meeting professionals and leisure group planners. This will allow VSC to enhance and expand its efforts to strategically target qualified contacts who bring meetings and groups to Sarasota County.

    In the newly appointed position of Leisure Group Sales Manager, Walker will work to secure accommodations and community activities for the social, military, educational, religious and fraternal (SMERF) groups market as well as for weddings and travel agents. Previously with The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota sales department, Walker has extensive knowledge of the area, and is passionate about sharing it with these groups. 

    As Group Sales Coordinator, Jones assists Thomas and Walker in acquiring leads and showcasing qualities that make Sarasota the best destination for group conferences, meetings and events. A native, alumna of Riverview High School and recent graduate from the University of Florida, Jones is excited to continue to build relationships within the community to enhance her role with VSC.  

    About Sarasota County

    Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC is to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. To learn more, visit www.visitsarasota.com.



  • 28 Jan 2019 9:14 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL, January 25, 2019—Brian Bonacci, owner of TeamLogic IT with offices in Naples, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch serving SWFL, is pleased to announce several staff changes. Due to the company’s significant growth over the last few years, several organizational changes have been made to support the growing number of clients seeking managed IT services for their organizations.

    Russell Barrick is the newest member of the TeamLogic IT technical team. He joined the company as a Technical Support Specialist. Other staff promotions include:  Matthew Thomas, Director of Technical Services; Samantha Howard-Russo, Client Experience Advocate; and Joy Garafola, Account Executive.

    Bonacci said, “Since opening in 2011 we have been focused on providing proactive technology management and support to businesses of all sizes.  I am extremely proud of our team members and their personal and professional growth. They are highly skilled and caring individuals who go above and beyond to help our clients maximize their productivity while reducing their cybersecurity risks.”

    TeamLogic IT has been recognized as one of the top MSPs on the Channel Futures MSP 501 Worldwide Rankings.

    About TeamLogic IT                                                                    

    TeamLogic IT provides clients the IT support needed to run their businesses more efficiently by leveraging the latest technology solutions including managed services, cybersecurity, business continuity, and cloud computing. With a national presence, TeamLogic IT helps companies minimize downtime and improve productivity across single or multiple offices.

    Contact:

    Brian Bonacci 941-548-9388

    TeamLogic IT

    202 N. Rhodes Ave Suite 101

    Sarasota, FL 34237

    Email: bbonacci@teamlogicit.com

    Website: www.teamlogicit.com/SarasotaFL


  • 21 Jan 2019 9:04 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Popular annual event to feature authentic Cajun food, New Orleans-style music and dancing, and more

    SARASOTA, FL – Goodwill Manasota and Michael’s On East invite the public to the most anticipated event of the season: the Mardi Gras Gala. This event features authentic Cajun food, open bar, fabulous live auction items, New Orleans-style music, and dancing. The 2019 Mardi Gras Gala will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 6-10 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota).

    This is the fourteenth year of the event, which was conceived by Michael’s On East co-proprietor Philip Mancini. Guests dress in beads and masks and enjoy New Orleans style drinks and dinner offerings such as Crawfish Étouffée, crab cakes, Jambalaya, Oysters Bienville, and much more.

    Co-chairs are Tim Schalch and Megan Baers, who are both Goodwill Ambassadors – community members who have made a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill Manasota with the greater community by volunteering at events, speaking on its behalf, creating new fundraisers, and introducing Goodwill to their friends, family and colleagues. Major sponsors include CS&L CPAs, NDC Construction, and Seaside Bank.

    “For all of us at Goodwill Manasota, not only is the Mardi Gras Gala a lot of fun, it’s also a wonderful celebration of lives we have helped to change through our employment services and other crucial programs,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Gray Videnka. “The proceeds of this event help those with barriers to employment find career opportunities and move toward self-sufficiency. We are grateful to our generous event sponsors and supporters for helping to make our work possible.”

    Tickets are $150 per person and this event will sell out quickly; visit experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 251 for reservations or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

    Photo ID: Goodwill staff members (from l-r) Adrian Gessen, Morgan Howell, Pavitra Ciavardone, Donna Evans and Gray Videnka are excited to welcome guests to the Goodwill Manasota Mardi Gras Gala

    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.






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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