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  • 21 Jun 2021 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Goodwill announces new Philanthropic Advisory Council

    Visionary leaders will assist in ensuring sustainability, bringing new friends to support the mission for area nonprofit organization

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has formed a Philanthropic Advisory Council to ensure its sustainability for years to come. The new leadership body will assist in articulating Goodwill’s mission to the community, advise on how Goodwill might address community needs, engage with philanthropic donors, participate in fundraising, and introduce Goodwill to other potential Council members.

    The members of the Council are: Goodwill Board members Rae Dowling and Eric Kaplan, Michael and Victoria Zeppi, Lori Abrams, MD, and Kevin Henault. Goodwill CEO Bob Rosinsky, Vice President Margie Genter, and Community Outreach & Development Manager Pavitra Ciavardone support the effort, which had its first official meeting in February.

    A current priority for this group is mental health services for veterans and their families. Goodwill is investigating the gaps in local services, such as when a veteran is in active crisis or when there are mental health issues, but the veteran experiences barriers to seeking help. Also on the Council’s agenda is a new and unique fundraiser, “Goodwill Haunting.” This will be an event where supporters invite friends who will connect with Goodwill’s mission, and hopefully become supporters themselves. This free, invitation-only event takes place on October 30, 2021.

    “While there are many people in the community who know some of what we do, we have found that few understand the entire scope of our mission to change lives through the power of work,” said Rosinsky. “With the Philanthropic Advisory Council’s support, we can raise greater awareness of all the facets of our social enterprise operations and be introduced to new supporters. Our ultimate goal is to guarantee that our essential programs and services are available to those who need them for many years to come.”

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

  • 18 Jun 2021 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    CONDITIONED AIR RECEIVES 2020 EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM LENNOX INDUSTRIES IN HONOR OF TOP QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Conditioned Air Company announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the seventh straight year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.

    “We are proud to represent the Lennox brand and share this honor with our customers,” said Tim Dupre, President and CEO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service, plus consistent sales growth and superior technical competence.”

    Lennox Industries is a worldwide leader in home comfort, a trusted HVAC brand for more than 125 years, and markets its air conditioning and heating products through a network of more than 7,000 dealers throughout North America.

    Founded in 1962, Conditioned Air is an employer of choice offering extensive benefits and an environment for its 400 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties in which they can grow professionally and personally. Among the new hire recruiting benefits is a retention bonus for techs with over five years’ experience.

    Based in Naples, Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems. The firm has in-house resources to design, estimate, install and maintain new construction, refrigeration and air dehumidification systems.

    For additional information, call 239-643-2445 or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


  • 17 Jun 2021 10:32 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Content: ATLANTA, GA- June 16, 2021-  Top 100 Certified Public Accounting Firm Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is proud to announce its merger with CDPA, PC, an Alabama-based accounting and consulting firm, effective July 1, 2021. This merger increases Mauldin & Jenkins’ office locations to 12 across the Southeast, adding offices in Athens, AL, Florence, AL, and Huntsville, AL, respectively. 

    CDPA, managed by David Christopher, CPA, has provided tax, financial planning and reporting, and consulting services to individuals, fiduciaries, commercial businesses and other organizations since 1954.

    "We are excited to begin our journey in partnership with the Mauldin & Jenkins team,” said Christopher. “Their professional expertise, commitment to exceptional client service, as well as our common culture make them a perfect fit for CDPA. We look forward to continuing to serve clients in North Alabama for many years to come, and our partnership with Mauldin & Jenkins will enhance our ability to do so."

    Mauldin & Jenkins’ Managing Partner Hanson Borders welcomes the opportunity to join forces with CDPA and its founders. “CDPA has a long and rich history of serving the needs of its clients and its community with a group of professionals dedicated to excellence. Their years of experience, specialized knowledge, and commitment to quality make Mauldin & Jenkins and CDPA a perfect fit because of our shared core values and history of quality service,” Borders stated. “I’m thrilled to have CDPA’s professionals as part of the Mauldin & Jenkins team, and I’m confident our current and future clients will benefit from the additional resources we will bring to each other.”

    About Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

    Mauldin & Jenkins is annually recognized as a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm by Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today and has provided assurance, tax and advisory services to clients. Founded in 1918, M&J ranks as a Top 25 Public Accounting Firm according to the Birmingham Business Journal, ranked by the number of professionals in the Birmingham area. The Firm serves clients in a range of industries including governmental, banking, health care, construction, not-for-profit, financial services, film & entertainment, entrepreneurial, and higher education. For additional information, please visitmjcpa.com.

  • 11 May 2021 3:23 PM | Dom DiMaio (Administrator)

    Each County Commissioner will host video conference with Emergency Management Chief, Public Safety Director to relay messages for 2021 storm season
     

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 11, 2021) – For the second consecutive year Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to receive important preparation information for the 2021 Hurricane Season directly from County Commissioners and public safety experts.   
     
    Each of Manatee County's seven County Commissioners will host a video conference with Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and Public Safety Director Jacob Saur beginning May 24. In addition to the seven town halls, three Manatee County cities will host similar town halls with Chief Litschauer and Director Saur. After officials relay preparation tips, lines will be open for questions from the public. 
     
    During the virtual town hall, Director Saur and Chief Litschauer will cover the following: 

    • Learning the strength of your home and whether it's in an evacuation zone using Manatee County's online tools for help. 
       
    • Making an evacuation plan NOW. If you're in an evacuation zone or mobile home, scout out several options where you can stay when severe weather approaches. Go tens of miles -- not hundreds -- to find a safer location to ride out the storm. 
       
    • In normal conditions public shelters can be crowded, noisy, cold and uncomfortable. If evacuation orders are given and public shelters open, they will keep you safe from the elements but there for those who come to shelters, there is no guarantee against the spread of germs and sickness. Public shelters MUST be your last resort.
       

    The Commissioner-hosted virtual town hall series is scheduled as follows: 

    • District 5 Commissioner and Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh 
      Monday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
    • District 1 Commissioner James Satcher
      Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • District 2 Commissioner Reggie Bellamy
      Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • District 4 Commissioner Misty Servia
      Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    • At-large Commissioner Carol Whitmore
      Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • At-large Commissioner George Kruse
      Monday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    • District 3 Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge
      Tuesday, June 15 at 11 a.m.
       

    Three additional hurricane prep virtual town halls will be hosted by municipal partners: 

    • City of Bradenton
      Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
    • City of Holmes Beach
      Monday, May 24 at 3 p.m.
    • City of Anna Maria
      Wednesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.


    NOTE: The video link for each meeting will be announced one day before each meeting at www.mymanatee.org/townhall  

    Each town hall meeting also will be available for on-demand viewing on that area of the County website for within two days of the event.

     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov.


  • 11 May 2021 3:20 PM | Dom DiMaio (Administrator)

    May 11, 2021 – Fawley Bryant Architecture is pleased to announce the beginning of construction on the 84,000-square-foot baseball stadium complex the firm designed for Binghamton University in New York. The $60 million project is a result of an anonymous donation, the largest in University history. Major enhancements to the complex include new stadium seating, VIP lounge and press box, outfield berm, clubhouse, and indoor training facility. Construction is expected to be completed by February 2022.  

    “The baseball stadium complex at Binghamton University is being built to develop student athletes and help them achieve their highest potential,” said Stu Henderson, Partner and Director of Design at Fawley Bryant Architecture. “The teaching and training spaces allow coaches the unique opportunity to evaluate their athlete’s development.”  

    The endeavor expands Fawley Bryant’s sports portfolio, which includes collaborations with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, along with Gatorade, Under Armour, Pro Bull Riding, IMG Academy and Prince Tennis.  

    “This stadium complex will be one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country. It positions Binghamton with the best of the best,” said Binghamton University Athletic Director Patrick Elliott. “We appreciate the great efforts of the Fawley Bryant staff and look forward to our coaches and student-athletes training and competing in these facilities.” 

    Project elements include increased fan seating, locker rooms, indoor batting cages, coaches’ offices, study spaces and an athletic training room. In addition, the facility will meet NCAA requirements for hosting post-season tournament play. The indoor training facility will include a turf baseball infield with a four-story ceiling, providing athletes with the ability to practice year-round.  

    For the fan experience, new stadium seating and an elevated concourse will be added, along with a 7,500-square-foot VIP lounge and press box structure positioned behind home plate. For players and coaches, the ground floor of the two-story structure will house the locker room, complete with custom lockers, team lounge, nutrition, High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) area, designated coaches’ locker rooms and athletic training facilities with hydrotherapy treatment pools. The second level efficiently lays out coach and staff offices, video coaching, study space, conference rooms, support spaces and a multi-purpose team meeting room with tiered seating overlooking first base. 

    As the design architect for this project, Fawley Bryant Architecture partnered with many local firms. Team members include: CSArch, Architect of Record; EDR, Civil Engineers; Ryan Biggs Clark Davis, Structural Engineers; M/E Engineering, MEP Engineers; and WJHW, Audio Visual.   

    About Fawley Bryant Architecture  

    We are a full-service, integrated architecture and interior design firm who works together with a passion for bringing each client’s unique vision to life. Our partnership-driven approach fuels every relationship and truly sets us apart. We listen, learn and adapt to determine the needs of each client and we create solutions through a culmination of conversations, creativity and care. Our team takes pride in earning our reputation for results by innovating, iterating, and improving until, together, we reach the desired combination of smart, beautiful spaces. To learn more, visit www.fawleybryant.com.  


  • 06 Apr 2021 11:32 AM | Dom DiMaio (Administrator)

    In an effort to support local nonprofit organization Goodwill Manasota, Bradenton restaurant Mean Deans Local Kitchen (6059 26th St. W., Bradenton) will hold "Goodwill Day" on Tuesday, April 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. On this day, 10% of all restaurant sales - and 100% of the sales of a special dessert created in Goodwill's honor, the "Good Drizzle Nut Brownie" - will go to Goodwill, to support its Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program. 

    Implemented in 2005, the SJP program targets sustainable employment for those with significant disabilities. Of Goodwill’s 700 employees, 65% have self-identified disabilities and/or disadvantaging conditions, while 53 – approximately 8% of its employees – have significant disabilities and participate in the SJP program. 

    Owners Dean Donnelly and Michele Angell approached Goodwill about partnering together; additionally, Mean Deans' back room lounge area is furnished with numerous items purchased from Goodwill. 

    For more information about the restaurant, go to meandeanslocalkitchen.com or call 941-251-5435. For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 30 Mar 2021 3:04 PM | Amy Treis

    Bradenton, FL, March 30, 2021 – Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the 2021 Doctor of the Year, Michael Van Vliet, M.D., FACS. Dr. Van Vliet specializes in surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery. He joined Blake Medical Center’s Medical Staff in 2015.

    Dr. Van Vliet is Blake Medical Center’s Chief of Surgery and serves on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. He also serves as the medical director for Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Blake Medical Center, providing compassionate care to the most critically ill burn patients, managing patient needs from the acute state of illness through reconstruction and beyond. He treats patients with hand injuries, complex wounds, traumatic defects, congenital deformities, and cancer. In addition, Dr. Van Vliet manages a variety of aesthetic concerns for patients, including surgery of the body and breast.

    “Dr. Van Vliet has a tireless passion for continually improving the care his program delivers,” says Randy Currin, President/CEO Blake Medical Center. “His dedication and leadership in ensuring the highest standards of quality, safety, and patient outcomes are inspiring.” 

     

    Nominations for Blake Medical Center’s Doctor of the Year were received from patients and caregivers, including fellow physicians. Nomination comments for Dr. Van Vliet included: 

    “Hard-working surgeon with amazing bedside manner.” 

    “Great physician that cares for his patients” 

    “Dr. Van Vliet has shown true dedication to the patients and staff at Blake. He starts his day at 5 am daily to ensure things run smoothly, and he works closely with the OR leadership to help improve processes and improve the patient experience.” 

    Top finalists for 2021 Doctor of the Year:

    • Iftekhar Baig, DO, Cardiology
    • Margita Beard, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Philip Blaustein, MD, Radiology 
    • Jose Erbella, MD, FACS, General Surgery
    • Narrani Kanapathippillai, MD, Internal Medicine – Critical Care Medicine 
    • Maria Bezares Oliveras, MD, Internal Medicine
    • Mikhail Ravvin, MD, Anesthesiology
    • Sharla Sundberg, MD, General Surgery
    • Arthur Valadie, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
    • Daniel Wagoner, DO, Emergency Medicine

    Doctor of the Year has been a Blake Medical Center tradition since 1983.


  • 30 Mar 2021 10:02 AM | Amy Treis

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota was thrilled to learn last December that it was one of 384 nonprofits to receive multi-million-dollar gifts from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. In the wake of its $10 million windfall, Goodwill is launching new programs as well as expanding existing programs, such as Supported JobsPlus, which targets employment for individuals with severe disabilities.

    Goodwill has added 10 more slots for the Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program; four of those jobs have already been filled. This expansion comes in the wake of pandemic-related SJP team member losses, due to medical issues and fears of COVID-19 infection.

    Implemented in 2005, the SJP program targets sustainable employment for those with significant disabilities. Of Goodwill’s 700 employees, 65% have self-identified disabilities and/or disadvantaging conditions, while 53 – nearly 8% of its employees – have significant disabilities and participate in the SJP program.

    One such employee is Corey Mount, who has been with Goodwill for over six years; he currently works at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus in Bradenton. Born with hydrocephalus, Mount has used a wheelchair his whole life but has never let that stand in the way of activities such as performing in the Riverview High School Band, driving, earning his Computer Programming and Repair Certification, and working.

    However, his health has been declining and frequent hospitalizations have made it impossible for him to maintain consistent employment. After going to Vocational Rehabilitation for help and two years of job searching, Goodwill hired him. He did so well as a clothing tagger that his supervisor added separating apparel tags to his responsibilities. He has done so well with his new task that Goodwill made his average production rate its standard for all who separate apparel tags.

    “Goodwill does not look at my disability – only my abilities,” Mount says. He notes that, since his mother died in 2016, one of the only things he has to look forward to is coming to work at Goodwill. “It is my family and they look out for me.”

    In conjunction with Goodwill's GoodPartner Coach Program, SJP 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 services available throughout the community.

    In 2020, Goodwill served nearly 6,000 people with disabilities across all of its programs: Job Connection, Veterans Services, GoodPartner Coach and Supported JobsPlus.

    "Everyone deserves a chance to earn a paycheck and feel the dignity of work," said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We look forward to a day when all Americans with disabilities – like Corey – who have a desire to achieve self-sufficiency will be able to find jobs and make important contributions to the workplace and their communities.”

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



  • 26 Mar 2021 10:29 AM | Amy Treis

    (Sarasota, FL) March 26, 2021 – Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is proud to welcome Andrea Johnson to the Board of Directors.

    Ms. Johnson is a Vice President, IT Architect for JPMorgan Chase. She has held several key leadership positions for the multinational banking company in a career spanning more than two decades.

    Her extensive volunteer experience includes local, national, and international organizations such as the YMCA of Delaware, the Hillsborough Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, the National Black MBA Association, and Bankers Without Borders.

    As part of the inaugural BoardLead group in the Tampa Bay region, Children First was invited to join a select cohort of nonprofit and corporate partners working together to elevate leadership in the social good sector.

    Operating in 19 states and internationally in London, BoardLead works to transform leadership in the social good sector by partnering with top companies, professional services firms, and foundations to recruit, place, train and support talented professionals for high-impact board service.

    “We are excited to welcome Andrea to our Board of Directors through this incredible partnership with JPMorgan Chase and BoardLead,” said Philip Tavill, President & CEO of Children First. “Her governance expertise, along with her broad knowledge in the fields of youth empowerment, financial education, and technology make her a critical addition to our board.”

     

    "Congratulations to Andrea on joining the team at Children First! Our own team at BoardLead is honored to have made this introduction with our corporate partner JPMorgan Chase, and we are excited to see the impact of Andrea's board service and to support her as she joins in the important work at Children First,” said Nick Boyle, Senior Program Associate, Cause Strategy Partners®, BoardLead®. 

    Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Wesley College. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., ISC2 (The International Information System Security Certification Consortium), and NSBE (the National Society of Black Engineers).

     

    The Children First Board of Directors is comprised of community members and leaders from the human services, corporate, investment, and philanthropic sectors of our region. To learn more, visit childrenfirst.net.


  • 25 Mar 2021 10:36 AM | Amy Treis

    Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce its place as one of the 2021 Tampa Bay Business Journal Largest Accounting Firms in Tampa Bay. Kerkering Barberio & Co. has been in the top ten rankings for multiple years and is ranked as 7th for 2021. 


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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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