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  • 30 Oct 2020 10:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Patterson Foundation provided a $250,000 contribution to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. This gift will strengthen CDP’s support for medium- and long-term recovery efforts in regions affected by a significant amount of activity this hurricane season. “The Patterson Foundation has been a leader in responsive giving in times of disasters,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “We are grateful to The Patterson Foundation for their generous and steadfast commitment to supporting the equitable recovery of communities living in areas hit by this year’s hurricanes and for inviting other donors to do the same. Their support allows us to help communities rebuild and withstand future disasters.” 


  • 29 Oct 2020 8:26 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lorna Luft, Broadway star and daughter of the beloved legendary star July Garland, will be the keynote speaker at Tidewell Foundation’s 12th Annual Signature Luncheon, scheduled for February 5, 2021. The 12th Annual Signature Luncheon is Tidewell’s signature fundraising event to help fund the services Tidewell provides to more than 10,000 patients annually, regardless of their ability to pay. The luncheon gets under way at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. 


  • 28 Oct 2020 8:53 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Tidewell Hospice is deploying the largest virtual reality rollout in hospice care history for the 1,100+ patients they serve daily in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Rendever, the leading provider for VR technology for seniors, aids with memory care and helps overcome social isolation. Tidewell is able to enhance its care programs by now providing patients and their loved ones moments of enjoyment and relief from pain and loneliness. "The VR platform a llows groups of people to leave the four walls of their residence and engage with the world in ways they never thought possible," Tidewell shares. "Patients are encouraged to experience their immersive life review, an important process for anyone facing end of life, by revisiting significant places from their past, and check off bucket list items – all through the immersive experience that VR offers." 

    Clinical staff members have been trained to use the VR headsets in the assisted-living, long-term care, home and hospice house settings. Clinical Director Harris Zeliff recently facilitated a VR session at the Sarasota Hospice House with a patient and the patient’s wife , both of whom had never tried VR before. “It was an amazing experience for everyone, myself included,” Zeliff said. “We went skydiving, enjoyed an elephant safari, explored a volcano and visited the International Space Station. The patient and his wife had a friendly competition popping virtual balloons. At the end of our experience, we relaxed with the technology’s meditation app, which guided them through breathing techniques while in a calming meadow.”

    The Tidewell Foundation, Inc. received a pair of grants that assisted with the purchase of Rendever's equipment and accessories. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund provided funds for headsets and iPads at the Lakewood Ranch Hospice House. The J. Milton & Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation funded headsets and iPads for the Tidewell Hospice unit at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

    “The Tidewell Foundation is so appreciative to these donors who understand the importance of family connections, particularly during health challenges," says Zeliff. "These grant investments support the Tidewell Foundation to provide additional technology tools during this challenging time of COVID, and sustain the world-class care our patients, families and community have come to expect from Tidewell Hospice.” 


  • 27 Oct 2020 11:38 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, Florida – October 27, 2020 – Fawley Bryant Architecture recently completed the design and build of a 9,307 SF batting tunnel for the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The project served as a catalyst for upcoming improvements, additions, and renovations to the Cardinals’ spring training complex that will also be led by the Sarasota/Bradenton firm. 

     

    “Many organizations recommended the team at Fawley Bryant. As soon as we started working together, it was evident why,” said Dan Good, VP of Business Development for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization. "Their knowledge during planning and programming was crucial, and their 3D visualization tools helped ensure clear communication. Their support didn’t stop at design; it continued through permit documents, construction administration, and closeout. This team understands the meaning of service and I’m thankful for their partnership.”  

     

    The collaboration is the latest addition to Fawley Bryant’s growing sports portfolio that includes projects with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins baseball teams, along with Gatorade, Under Armour, PBR Sports Performance, IMG Academy, Prince Tennis and Binghamton University. 

     

    Designed to provide convenience and accessibility, the scope of the project included building three batting tunnels and an adjacent structure to house restrooms, storage, a cart wash area, water and ice dispensary, and an A/V room for video coaching. 

     

    “We are proud to play a part in helping the St. Louis Cardinals compete at their highest level,” said Steve Padgett, Principal and Managing Partner of Fawley Bryant Architecture. “We worked closely with the organization and our partners to create a best-in-class, optimal training environment for the players and coaches to thrive.” 

     

    About Fawley Bryant Architecture 

    Since 1994, Fawley Bryant Architecture has been committed to creating smart, beautiful spaces. The company's integrated approach transforms how people experience architecture by utilizing the latest technologies, the brightest people, and operational excellence. Fawley Bryant serves clients throughout southwest Florida and has offices located in Sarasota and Bradenton. To learn more, visit www.fawleybryant.com. 


  • 27 Oct 2020 8:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Annually in October, The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, gathers community partners in a collaborative effort to collect needed food items to feed Manatee County families through the “Stuff the Bus” event. “In 2019, our generous supporters donated over 100,000 pounds of food to be put to use in our community through the annual Stuff the Bus event,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “This year’s virtual Stuff the Bus event will enable us to replace the food we would normally receive through this important, community-wide event,” Phillips added. The virtual collection effort will take place October 25 – 31. 


  • 26 Oct 2020 4:45 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota/Bradenton – Coldwell Banker Realty is pleased to announce that The May Group has formed under experienced agent, Christy May of the Lakewood Ranch office in Bradenton. Christy May, group leader is thrilled to add Kris Pelow who will provide residential, community and commercial real estate services in the area along with visualization that comes with having a talented Architect/Realtor on board! Collectively, the group brings over 54 years of experience in the industry. Christy May Group Leader Broker Associate here in Florida and GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute) CCIM Candidate and CIM Designee (Commercial Investment Management) IRES (International Real Estate Specialist) Member Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Member CREA Realtor of the Year in Greater Boston Women’s Council of Realtor’s Greater Boston & State President TV News Producer at Channel 5 & Promotion Director at 4 & 56 in Greater Boston AB & BS from the University of Miami FL (Communications and Marine Bio Chemist) MFA from BU (Communications where she started & managed the internal Ad Agency) CEO of DM Communications, Inc - a Boston high-tech & sci-tech Ad Agency & PR firm 

    Kris Pelow Sales Associate and Architect

    14 years of professional architecture experience with prominent Sarasota firms. Includes commercial and luxury, custom residential Florida Real Estate License Florida Architect License Florida Interior Design License New York Institute of Technology - Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts & Business Boston Architectural College - Master's Degree in Architecture Boston Architectural College Awards: Alpha Rho Chi - Architectural Leadership and Service Metal, Thesis Commendation Award, Thesis Excellence Nomination American Institute of Architects - Gulf Coast Chapter - Secretary for 2020/Vice President-President Elect for 2021 Member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (allows for multi-state licensure)

    For more information, Contact:

    Christy May, The May Group Leader

    ChristyMayRE@gmail.com

    MayGroupRE.com

    or call or text 781-258-6022

    “Kris Pelow – our new May Group Realtor and Architect’s passion for real estate and dedication to clients perfectly aligns with Coldwell Banker’s standard of experience,

    vision, and excellence,” said Vinnie Vinopal, Sales Manager of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s East Manatee Lakewood Ranch office. “We are looking forward to assisting The May Group to grow their business now and into the future.”

    The May Group can be contacted through their team leader and our office:

    Christy May Broker Associate

    11215 70 E #105 Bradenton, FL 34202

    Office 941-739-6777

    May Group Team Leader

    Residential Community Commercial

    Christy.May@floridamoves.com

    ChristyMayRE.com

    MayGroupRE.com

    Call or text 781-258-6022


  • 23 Oct 2020 1:24 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    October 23, 2020 – The Twig is excited to announce they are opening a second location in the Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton area by summer of 2021. This location will enable the non-profit based in Venice to expand their reach of blessing the lives of children in foster care. Conveniently located on SR64 just east of 75 this location will be easily accessible for the many foster families located throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Currently serving around 300 children every month, The Twig is a special place with a boutique only open to children in foster care. From newborns through young adults who have aged out of care are able to shop with dignity for clothing and shoes completely free of charge. Beyond just clothing they are receiving love and encouragement from volunteers serving as personal shoppers.

    In September 2020 The Twig was gifted an initial $200,000 grant from The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.  An additional $50,000 matching grant has also been offered by the Barancik foundation. To help fund this initiate and have your gift matched visit www.TheTwigCares.com/Branchingout

    Mission
    The mission of The Twig is to encourage and inspire the lives of children in foster care by meeting their needs in practical ways. To learn more visit www.TheTwigCares.com


  • 22 Oct 2020 8:54 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    As a way to give back to the community on the most giving day of the year, the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce a Giving Tuesday Community Celebration featuring New York Times bestselling author and speaker Ben Nemtin. Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group, this virtual event is free for the community and will take place from 9am-10am Tuesday, December 1.  Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason said. “This year has created a great distance in our lives beyond that of social connection. This Giving Tuesday, thanks to the Lincoln Financial Group’s support, the Tidewell Foundation invites people to reconnect with their dreams and the power inside that can transform barriers into opportunities

  • 21 Oct 2020 2:15 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 –  Blake Medical Center has been recognized as one of the top three physical rehabilitation centers in Florida by Newsweek and Statista, Inc. Newsweek announced America's Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers 2020  to recognize the nation's top physical rehabilitation facilities based on the quality of care, quality of service, quality of follow-up care, and accommodation and amenities relative to in-state competition. 

    “We are thrilled to share this notable recognition, says Randy Currin, President and CEO of Blake Medical Center, “Our interdisciplinary team of caregivers work to provide patients in need with care plans and treatments that meet each individual’s specific needs. The hospital continues to invest in the best people, technology, and practices to help patients return to their highest level of recovery.”

    Blake Medical Center provides the only Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Center in Manatee County and plays a vital role in the hospital’s continuum of care. The Center helps people triumph over challenges resulting from trauma or complications from a stroke, fractures, burns, and serious injury, as well as the onset of a disease that can affect activities of daily living, mobility, and other cognitive functions. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Blake is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission (JC). The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center provides a goal-oriented, family-focused approach to success. 

    According to Clement Hakim, Director of The Rehabilitation Center, “The excellent outcomes that our patients experience are the result of concerted efforts by a comprehensive team consisting of Board Certified Rehabilitation Physicians and passionate certified rehabilitation nurses that work hand in hand with a variety of outstanding therapists, with specialized certifications to address the specific needs of our patients. A dedicated social worker ensures that the rehabilitation process does not end when exiting our walls but that the patient has all the appropriate resources that they need upon discharge. The team works to meet the patients’ goals and eliminate barriers to return home.”

    The Best Physical Rehab Centers were chosen based on a rigorous methodology that includes data from a survey of thousands of medical experts as well as key performance indicators (KPIs) based on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 


  • 14 Oct 2020 1:20 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Attorneys Telese McKay and Matt Brockway have been renamed to the board of directors of local organizations.

    Attorney Telese McKay has been reelected to the board of directors of the West Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. McKay served as president of the organization in 2009, and will serve her third 3-year term on the board.

    Attorney Matt Brockway has been renamed to the board of directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Brockway has been a member of the board since 2017 and has also served as chair of the Government Issues Council since 2013.

    Attorney Dick Webb departed from the Sarasota Chamber board after being actively involved with the organization for several years. Webb served on the board of directors since 2012, and was also a member of the Executive Committee from 2012-2014 and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Icard Merrill is proud to support these organizations. The firm is a gold corporate sponsor of CAI, and has been a member of the Sarasota Chamber for over 55 years.


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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