The Sarasota Scene – Giving – Nov. 17, 2017

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Education Foundation of Sarasota County Grants over $60,000 to Sarasota County Schools

Provides funding for college and career preparation

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has granted over $60,000 in funding for Sarasota County Schools to support its Middle School College and Career Readiness Project. This funding provides over 6,300 students in eight middle schools The Naviance College & Career Readiness Curriculum, allowing students to develop skills and college knowledge needed to reach their post-secondary goals, and AchieveWORKS assessments, providing a comprehensive profile of each student’s strengths. This grant was made possible thanks to generous donations from the Koski Family Foundation and the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.

“Middle school is a critical time for self-discovery, developing confidence, and understanding why academic planning is relevant to a student’s future,” explained Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “Naviance is a tool that provides Sarasota County Schools with the necessary curriculum to show students the countless pathways to post-secondary success.”

Naviance will train a focus team for each of the middle schools consisting of a career advisor, school counselor, assistance principal and lead teachers along with the Executive Director of Middle Schools, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction on how to facilitate the platform and implement the curriculum. Every Sarasota County Middle School student will receive 25 minutes of Career Readiness instruction each week and will have access to 17 career lessons annually including a pre- and post-test assessment tool.  Students will also be able to explore their career interests through 3000 videos created by students on various career opportunities through a Naviance platform called RoadTrip Nation.

Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Sarasota Orchestra received a $50,000 Arts Appreciation grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

“Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Arts Appreciation grant to the Sarasota Orchestra is a testament to the power of our mission and the impact of our programs on the region,” said Sarasota Orchestra President/CEO Joseph McKenna. “Gulf Coast is a key partner in the Sarasota Orchestra’s success, helping to grow the orchestra’s artistic excellence and connect with the community through our educational programs.”

Sarasota Youth Orchestra

As an arts leader in the community, the Sarasota Orchestra’s mission is to engage, educate and enrich our community through high-quality, live musical experiences. Grant funds support the presentation of the Sarasota Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season, including performances in a variety of formats, from Masterworks to Pops to Chamber Music and Great Escapes, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida.
The grant also supports the Sarasota Orchestra’s extensive education programs for our three surrounding counties. 330 students participate in seven ensembles comprising the Sarasota Youth Orchestra. The three-week Summer Music Camp provides music education to over 300 students. Finally, some 9,500 area fourth and fifth graders utilize a year-long curriculum guide in conjunction with a live orchestral performance of the Young Persons Concerts.

All Faiths Food Bank Will Distribute 6,500 Frozen Turkeys

All Faiths Food Bank received a total of $45,000 in donations from the Kathleen K Catlin Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Gail Baird Foundation to provide frozen turkeys and side dishes to distribute to over 26,000 people in our community this holiday season.

“Many working families within our community don’t have the means to provide a healthy meal during the holidays,” said CEO Sandra Frank.  “Thanks to a handful of generous donors, thousands of families in our community will have meals to truly be thankful for this holiday season.”

Along with the distribution of 6,500 turkeys, families will also take home cranberry sauce, green beans, potatoes, gravy and stuffing to serve at their holiday dinner.  More than 26,000 people will be served at seven different locations in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, with the largest distribution of holiday dinners occurring on November 21, from 11 AM to 5 PM at Robarts Arena in Sarasota.

The Orioles to Host Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program

The Orioles will once again host the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program Thanksgiving Sorting Day in the East Lot of Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, November 17 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers will sort and package donated food items for pick-up by churches, charities, and food pantries that serve families in need in the Sarasota area.

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 200 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization’s Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors’ Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.

The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria, and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota County and Manatee County Commissions. More information can be found at

Help Recipients Of Meals On Wheels Of Sarasota Have A Holy Jolly Season

Spread Holiday Cheer By Donating A Gift To A Homebound Person In Need.

This holiday season, hundreds of area seniors will be alone; with no nearby family, it can be difficult and lonely. For them, there’s Meal on Wheels of Sarasota and its annual community gift drive.
Through Saturday, December 9th, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is accepting unwrapped items to distribute to more than 600 homebound seniors, veterans and the handicapped. 

“Most of our clients have little for themselves. So a small gift during the holidays not only means so much to them but gives them hope and happiness as they remain independent in their own home,” states Marjorie Broughton, executive director, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota.

Unwrapped items may be dropped off weekdays (9 am to 4 pm) or Saturday mornings until noon at the charity’s office at 421 Lime Avenue, Sarasota. Only new items are being accepted for the children and adults who receive nourishing meals through Meals on Wheels’ daily meal delivery program. Gifts will be delivered December 20 and 21.

•    Combs and brushes
•    Socks
•    Slippers
•    Eye Glasses (magnifiers)
•    Scarves
•    Toothbrush and toothpaste
•    Shampoo and conditioner
•    Liquid and bar soap for bathing
•    Puzzle books
•    Writing pads and stamps            
•    Tissues
•    Ink pens
•    Coloring pencils
•    Adult coloring books
•    Blankets – knee and throw
•    Deodorant
•    Toys appropriate for girls
(ages 2, 9 and 15 years)

Meals on Wheels also feeds clients’ dogs and cats. Dry pet food is happily accepted.

SCF Scholarship Recipients Celebrate National STEAM Day

The State College of Florida Foundation showcased Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) at its annual scholarship luncheon a day after National STEM/STEAM day last week. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students at the luncheon were also treated to information on the STEAM programs offered at SCF and a performance by the SCF Presidential String Quartet.
Shay Atluru, president and CEO of DTC Engineering, announced that the Atluru Family Foundation will donate another $10,000 in scholarships, bringing the total to $35,000, for the DTC Engineering Opportunity Scholarship for students in Gator Engineering at SCF and the A.S. Engineering program. In an introduction video at the luncheon, Atluru talked about the importance of technical education and the STEM fields. He also emphasized the importance of community investment in education. His company provides scholarships and internships to local students, who he hopes will return to the community and work as engineers.
Ella Starr and Kyle Stone, students who both transferred from SCF to the University of Florida to pursue degrees in engineering, talked about the things they did at SCF that helped make them successful, including extracurricular activities and internships.

Starr said internships allow students to discover what they love to do and to cull out what they’re not as passionate about. Stone, who worked as an intern at Sun Hydraulics, said he started at SCF because of the affordability and small class sizes.

Donors and scholarship recipients sat together at the luncheon, an important connection said Starr, who met her scholarship donor at the 2014 luncheon, was able to offer a personal thank you. The annual scholarship luncheon allows donors to meet the students they help, showcases SCF’s academic programs and creates an opportunity to raise more money for scholarship needs.

For more information on scholarships contact Allison Nash at or 941-752-5653. To support the SCF Foundation, contact Barbara Bourgoin at or 941-752-5398.


Residents of Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life were the big winners recently, as more than 300 guests showed their support for quality continuing care for seniors during the Jewish Housing Council Foundation’s 7th Annual Keep the Dream Alive benefit. The event supports JHCF’s Benevolent Care Program, which provides resources to ensure that qualified Aviva residents are able to remain in their homes even after they have exhausted their savings.

While thousands of dollars were raised throughout the evening, it was a special matching gift of $30,000 from the Stone Foundation that highlighted the gathering.

“We are deeply grateful to the Stone Foundation for their generosity and to everyone else who contributed to making this such a special night for the Jewish Housing Council Foundation and for residents of Aviva,” said Vice President of Philanthropy Scott Anderson. “Together, we truly are keeping the dream alive for the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Established in 2010, JHCF’s Keep the Dream Alive benefit honors the vision of Aviva’s founders, who developed the campus more than 25 years ago to serve as a caring community for seniors, with an emphasis on Jewish values yet welcoming to all. A core belief of those founders was that compassion and kindness are required from all of us – especially toward those who are the most vulnerable. As such, they had the foresight to know that some members of Aviva would need financial assistance and that helping them was an essential part of the dream upon which the community was based. 

Through its Benevolent Care Program, the Jewish Housing Council Foundation fulfills that dream by making funds available to qualified residents which ensures that they are able to remain at the place they call home, Aviva, while keeping alive the founder’s vision of a just, compassionate and benevolent community.

Co-chairs for the 7th Annual Keep the Dream Alive benefit were Lori Solomon and Michael Scott. Desserts and refreshments were provided by Mattison’s Catering.

For more information on the annual Keep the Dream Alive benefit or JHCF’s Benevolent Care Program, please contact Director of Development Johnette Cappadona at or telephone (941) 203-6237.


The Sarasota Family YMCA announced the award of $5,000 from the Mildred and Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust of Northern Trust Bank. The Y will utilize the gift to fund the Schoolhouse Link program. Schoolhouse Link provides educational support for homeless youth, unaccompanied minors and their families.
This generous support will help the Y continue to further its mission to “build strong kids, strong families, strong communities,” by fostering lasting personal and social change for needy youth and families.

Men, Whiskey & Watches • J.L. Bainbridge & Co., Inc.

The Child Protection Center (CPC) has announced J.L. Bainbridge & Company, Inc., a local investment advisory firm, is supporting CPC as the presenting sponsor for the 5th annual Men, Whiskey, Watches & Wheels. Event proceeds will support the CPC’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse. This year’s event will provide two action packed days of philanthropy. Kicking off the event will be the annual charity poker tournament on December 14th at 6:30PM. The poker tournament will take place at the One Eyed Jacks Poker room at Sarasota Kennel Club. On December 15th at 6PM, the main event will kick off at a private airport hangar.

“We all have a responsibility to do anything we can to support children in our community who need our help,” said Jerry Bainbridge, president and founder of J.L. Bainbridge. “We’re happy to be able to support the Child Protection Center and make a positive impact in the fight against child abuse.”

The main event will feature whiskey tastings from select distillers, interactive cocktail demonstrations, high end fashion trends and a live auction. For ticket or sponsorship information please contact or call 941-365-1277 ext. 120.

The Patterson Foundation to Provide Match to Strengthen Nonprofit Earned-Income Plans 

The match will benefit organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation focused on boosting nonprofit mission impact through earned-income strategies

The Patterson Foundation announced it will support the four nonprofits participating in its Margin & Mission Ignition initiative by matching contributions made toward the startup costs of each organization’s earned-income plans. Funds contributed to participating organizations will be matched dollar for dollar up to 50 percent of each organization’s startup budget by Feb. 15, 2018, jumpstarting each nonprofit’s ability to implement entrepreneurial plans that strengthen their capacity to serve the community. 

The Patterson Foundation created Margin & Mission Ignition to help nonprofits in our region explore, develop and implement strategies that increase entrepreneurial capacity and heighten mission impact. Each organization participating in the 18-month process is receiving extensive guidance from No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation. This is the third year The Patterson Foundation has presented Margin & Mission Ignition. Between January and September, the organizations participating in the initiative collectively earned $1,465,000. 

“To strengthen their mission impact and better serve the community, nonprofits should plan for financial thrivability so they don’t have to rely solely on traditional sources of revenue,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The four organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition demonstrate the leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity and culture necessary to undertake this journey toward building greater entrepreneurial capacity. Early investors who participate in the match will double their impact.”

Pledges, in-kind contributions and debt funding are not eligible to be matched. 

The following organizations are seeking investors for their 2017 Margin & Mission Ignition earned-income plans:

  • Humane Society of Manatee County
  • Peace River Wildlife Center
  • Prospect Riding Center
  • Satchel’s Last Resort

For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition 2017 initiative, please visit or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

Christmas Toy Drive for Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Cavanaugh & Co., LLP, a local full service CPA Firm, is once again hosting a Toy Drive for the children’s ward at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Please do NOT donate plush toys as they can easily pick up germs. Suggested donations include: coloring books, crayons, puzzles, board games, pajamas, toy vehicles (trucks, cars, etc), dolls, craft kits, etc. Children of all ages are hospitalized so there is a wide spectrum of gifts you can donate to help put a smile on their faces. These donations are given to the children throughout the year, so your gift gives year round. Donations can be dropped off at either of two locations of Cavanaugh & Co., LPP 2381 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237 or 333 West Miami Avenue, Venice, FL 34285. This toy drive will start on November 20th will end on December 14th.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Oak & Stone presented a donation of $3,000 to Miracle League of Manasota!

Oak & Stone partnered with Miracle League for their inaugural OAKtoberfest event on October 13, 2017. Oak & Stone raised the contribution by asking for $5 or $10 donations at the door – a $10 donation included a free commemorative stein – and by donating a portion of proceeds from their food and beverage sales that day. Owners Joe Seidensticker and Brett Decklever are excited to have hosted such a successful first-annual event, and look forward to partnering with Miracle League again in 2018 for a second OAKtoberfest.

VFW Donates to Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program

The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 8118, located in Venice, recently made a donation of $2,500 to Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. The funds were raised through a golf tournament held at Lake Venice Country Club in the spring. The Venice VFW post has supported Goodwill’s veterans program for some time. Launched in 2013, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program was created to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. The goal of the program is to help veterans reintegrate into their families, communities and jobs. For more on Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program, go to or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.

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