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  • 15 Sep 2020 10:49 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Tidewell Hospice has received a $10,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation, Inc. to support its Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center, an evidence-based program that helps grieving children, teens and caregivers through professional counseling, peer-support groups and activities. “The Blue Butterfly program provides stabilizing support to help children and families grieve, heal and live more successful lives,” said Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason. “We are incredibly grateful to donors who understand that dollars invested in these services may be key to preventing future mental health and behavioral issues.” 


  • 15 Sep 2020 10:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Patterson Foundation has selected six organizations in our region to receive 1:1 consulting to strengthen their efforts through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability, an opportunity for nonprofits to learn ways to make mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products and services. “Nonprofits throughout our region are shifting their strategies to meet this uniquely challenging moment in a resource-challenged world,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include: The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Florida Cultural Group, Inc., Habitat for Humanity Charlotte County, Habitat for Humanity Manatee County, Our Y, Inc. and Punta Gorda Symphony. 


  • 15 Sep 2020 9:38 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL  September 14, 2020 – Beginning on Thursday, September 17th, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, through The Food Bank of Manatee, will provide fresh produce each month, from September through May, to families in need in Manatee County. 

    “This initiative is aimed at getting fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables into Manatee County homes,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “Our selected Community Partners are near six Title 1 schools, enabling us to serve as many families as possible with this tremendous resource,” Phillips said.

    Locations near Blackburn Elementary, Daughtrey Elementary, Oneco Elementary, Rogers Garden Elementary, Samoset Elementary, and Tillman Elementary have been identified, though families living anywhere in Manatee County can participate. The produce will be provided free of charge on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at the following locations:

    • Visible Men Academy:  921 63rd Ave. East, Bradenton 34203 from 8:00am – 10:00 am
    • Sozo Missions: 3124 17th Street East, Bradenton 34208 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Increasing Joy Ministries: 2515 37th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee received a generous grant from United Way Suncoast, which makes this program possible. 

    In addition to the Mobile Produce Pantry, The Food Bank of Manatee has provided over 500,000 meals through the Food4Families program in response to COVID-19.  In addition, The Food Bank of Manatee provides food to over 80 food pantries and partner agencies who are feeding an additional 25,000+ families each week.  If you or someone you know needs food assistance, visit www.MealsOnWheelsPLUS.org to learn more about the services available through Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.  


  • 11 Sep 2020 6:40 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Achieva Credit Union recently announced that it donated a total of $275,000 to Southwest Florida food banks after a 30-day food drive, with $51,747 going to Sarasota County’s All Faiths Food Bank and $37,479 going to Bradenton’s Salvation Army. More than 475 credit union members and non-members donated to the drive, as did the credit union’s philanthropic arm, the Achieva Foundation

  • 09 Sep 2020 9:36 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    To provide families, employees and the community additional information on Coronavirus cases in our schools and support sites, the School District of Manatee County will unveil a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website beginning this evening. The Dashboard can be accessed from the home page under the heading of “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Similar to dashboards used in other school districts in Florida, the Manatee District’s COVID-19 Dashboard will display the number of confirmed cases in individual Manatee District schools and support sites dating back to the first day of school on Monday, August 17, 2020. The dashboard will also include the total number of cases in the district dating back to the start of the current school year. “The dashboard will be help our parents and employees understand how COVID-19 is impacting our schools and school district on a daily basis as well as over time,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “We are still commi tted to protecting the medical privacy rights of individuals impacted by COVID-19, and we believe the dashboard will provide useful insight while also protecting individual confidentiality.”

  • 09 Sep 2020 9:01 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Tidewell Foundation, Inc., an independent charitable foundation exists to sustain wellness programs and services provided through the not-for-profit mission of Tidewell Hospice. In order to continue its philanthropic strides, the foundation recently partnered with local handbag atelier, BSWANKY. Founded by designer Gretchen Bauer in Sarasota, BSWANKY created a luxury handbag collection to support Tidewell's Blue Butterfly Family Grief Centers. Blue Butterfly, launched in 2018, remains the only evidence-based program in the region that helps grieving individuals through professional counseling, peer-support groups and therapeutic activities. “Blue Butterfly offers a safe and caring environment for children, teens and caregivers to connect with others and grieve in a way that makes them feel supported,&rdq uo; says Tidewell President and CEO Jonathan Fleece. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, Tidewell is able to offer these services at no cost and we are incredibly grateful for that.” Therapy and bereavement services remain completely donor-supported and available for free to community members, in addition to its hospice patients and their families. 

    According to the foundation, each year, more than 8,000 children in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties experience the loss of a parent—increasing their risk of struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. Inspired by the personal stories of children and families apart of the Blue Butterfly program, Bauer jumped on board with the common belief that no child should ever grieve a lost loved one alone. Creating a give-back collection, dubbed Sofita Mariposa (mariposa translates to butterfly in Spanish), each honey-colored heritage leather handbag comes hand-painted by Dallas-based artist Cherie Fruehan. Fruehan donated her services to hand-paint each one-of-a-kind, luxury bag to represent the Blue Butterfly program. Much like its namesake, the partnered Mariposa collection was created by the two women to symbolize hope and life—truly making this fashion accessory an emotive, meaningful piece of art. “At BSWANKY, we empower people through fashion,” says Bauer, “whether they are the women handcrafting or carrying our luxury handbags, or the community we give back to with initiatives like these.” 

    Fifteen percent of the total sale of each Mariposa handbag, and one hundred percent of the total sale of each Sapphire Mariposa BSWANKY keychain, will be donated to the Tidewell Foundation to fund the Blue Butterfly Family Grief Centers and programs. "We hope that with the sale of these limited-edition luxury handbags we can help women and children alike to spread their wings." 

    Sofita Mariposa recently launched on August 25, and has already been included in PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibit curated by Ilene Wood. The collection, along with three other artisan BSWANKY handbags, will be on display at the Historic Bethlehem Museum in Pennsylvania, until it moves down to Coral Gables Museum this fall for Floridians to visit from September 15, 2020 - January 15, 2021. 


  • 03 Sep 2020 8:43 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The application window for the second round of Manatee CARES Act funding for local small businesses, nonprofit agencies and community organizations will close temporarily at noon on Friday to allow staff to review pending applications. Applications for Round 3 of the Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program, which provides rent and mortgage assistance to residents affected by the coronavirus, close at 5pm on Monday, September 7.


  • 01 Sep 2020 1:17 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- An initial brain health study, part of the Brain Health Initiative, is being launched in Lakewood Ranch and the greater Suncoast region. The study is part of a larger initiative developed with the collaborative leadership of Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. It strives to create brain healthy communities that promote brain health and fight brain illness, while optimizing brain performance at every age.

    The approach includes a collective impact framework that seeks to engage community members in the full brain health promotion, research, and innovative process. Once fully launched and underway, the BHI is anticipated to be the largest brain healthy living laboratory in the world, and will have developed a replicable and scalable model to create other thriving brain healthy communities.

    Jennifer Bencie, M.D., health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, and Andy Guz, CEO of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, are also working with BHI on this early step in the initiative’s effort to build brain healthy communities. Bencie and Guz and the Brain Health Initiative’s Founder and Executive Director, Stephanie Peabody, Ph.D., are encouraging randomly selected Lakewood Ranch residents to participate in the pilot study.

    “After decades of neuroscience research, while science brings opportunity and hope, we’re in a crisis,” said Peabody. “The current state of science and real-life experience demonstrates that there is a global brain health crisis and most of the public is in the dark regarding its ability to take control of brain health and daily performance.” She continued, “Surveys have found that a majority of Americans consider dementia a natural part of getting older, while scientists say the opposite. Many experts consider brain health to be the biggest medical priority of the 21st century.”

    “The Florida Suncoast region has a rare opportunity to participate in the pilot of what will become a world-class, comprehensive initiative of brain health,” said Guz. Randomly selected Lakewood Ranch adult residents will begin receiving invitations to participate in the brain health pilot study in the next several weeks.

    “The pilot study is the next of many brain health projects initiated in and planned for the Suncoast region toward the effort of improving brain health and optimizing performance outcomes for people of all ages, while also decreasing the gap between life span and brain span,” explained Peabody. “The Brain Health Initiative will use data analyzed from the pilot to inform the identification of innovative brain health interventions to bring to the Suncoast region through the developing Brain Health Innovation Lab. This lab is being designed as an accelerator lab where solutions from a global explosion of brain health innovations can be brought and tested with the region’s residents, students, workforce and visitors—young and older—to participate in clinical trials that promote brain health, fight brain illness, and optimize performance.”

    The program was created by Peabody and her colleagues who looked at the current brain health crisis and decades of advances in neuroscience, medicine, and public health as an opportunity to protect and enhance brain health and optimize brain performance outcomes. The American Heart Association states that 3 out of 5 of all Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime. “Understanding what causes brain health problems and how best to prevent brain illness remains one of the biggest medical mysteries of our time,” said Bencie. “Especially now—when discoveries related to brain health and brain illness, across the lifespan, are critically needed worldwide. I hope every community member who is contacted will step up to help this team of scientists and our region by participating in this study.”

    The Brain Health Initiative officially launched in 2018 with a survey—the Lakewood Ranch Brain Health Community Stakeholder Prioritization Survey. The results of that survey informed the development of the pilot study. The pilot study will collect data specifically about how Lakewood Ranch residents function mentally, socially, cognitively and biologically. It will pay special attention to what Lakewood Ranch reported as brain health priorities. Epidemiologist and Research Director of the Brain Health Initiative, Erin Dunn, Ph.D. explained “adult residents of the community will be randomly selected to participate in a confidential online questionnaire and complete a series of cognitive computer games. The survey includes questions about health habits, medical conditions, social relationships, recreational activities and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those participating will also be asked to share information about health behaviors such as exercise, nutrition, smoking, alcohol usage, sleep patterns, as well as demographic information.”

    The pilot study will help researchers capture risk and protective factors linked to brain health across multiple domains. They’ll incorporate key “lessons learned” from other successful community-based, population health projects including the Framingham Heart Study, The Blue Zones and Shape Up Sommerville to identify ways to protect brain health across the lifespan of an individual and at the community level.

    In addition to establishing a robust brain health baseline of the community that will lead to greater opportunities for scientific discovery, the goal of the BHI is to recruit brain health scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs from around the world to also support the brain health of the region. “This program is a multi-generational living lab,” said Peabody. “We hope to gain significant insights into learning the best possible ways to positively impact brain health. After decades of neuroscience research, we have an opportunity to bring hope to this crisis so that the public will be able to use ‘prevention and early detection’ as a viable path to significantly reducing incidence of brain illness.”

  • 01 Sep 2020 8:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was recently recognized at the state level by the Florida Public Relations Association with a Golden Image Award for “Small Town, Big Roar.” The Golden Image Award is awarded to the top-scoring entry in each category. The Hall also received a Judges’ Award, presented to entries showing maximum results relative to the investment spent. The awards were received in the Public Relations Programs Division, as part of the Integrated Marketing Category

  • 31 Aug 2020 3:32 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida – August 31, 2020 – Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) is now hiring a Manager for the new Freestanding Emergency Department (FED) located on Fruitville Road that will open in
    late 2020. The FED Manager will be a professional nurse leader who will provide oversight of the operations of the FED as well plan, direct and oversee the care provided to patients.
    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Director of Emergency Services, Christine Bolkema, RN, BSN, stated, “The FED Manager will collaborate with other disciplines at the FED to develop policies and implement evidence-based standards of care and practice. They will also participate in community functions and hospital committees.”
    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, HR Manager, Jo Ann Dillon, PHR, SHRM-CP, stated, “Your passion, inspiration and talents are invaluable to us and our mission to serve others. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center can provide a place for you to thrive and continue your professional development. Quality Healthcare is our passion, improving lives is our reward. We are working to change lives and transform the delivery of healthcare.” LWRMC offers healthcare, life insurance and disability benefits to help meet the needs of employees and their
    families. Among the benefits available to eligible employees are: medical, dental, vision, insurance and income protection, retirement and savings and flexible spending accounts.
    To view the full job description for the FED Manager position | https://jobs.uhsinc.com/lakewood-ranchmedical-center/jobs/55572?lang=en-us
    For more information on careers at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center | https://jobs.uhsinc.com/lakewoodranch-medical-center
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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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