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  • 26 Aug 2020 9:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Asolo Repertory Theatre has been awarded $5,000 from Manatee County as part of the CARES Act, which provides funding to help businesses recover from COVID-19 by preparing CDC-compliant operations. Asolo Rep will apply the money toward the cost of a Reme Halo Air Purifier and touchless faucets to be installed at the theatre’s Robert and Beverly Koski Center, which is located in Manatee County. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and look forward to our 2020-2021 season, this support goes a long way toward reassuring our staff and visiting artists that their wellbeing is our upmost concern,” said Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele. “This new equipment will greatly aid in the safety of the actors and production personnel who work in the Koski Center.” 


  • 25 Aug 2020 10:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota-based commercial construction management firm, Firmo Construction, has added a Superintendent, Project Manager, and Director of Marketing & Communications to its expanding team. In response to its increase in regional construction projects, as well as new builds in Florida’s panhandle, the team behind Firmo has found itself experiencing an incline this past quarter, resulting in the addition of Jeff Bryde as Superintendent, Brittany Edwards as Project Manager, and Nicole Miskovic as its first Marketing & Communications Director. “With a 20 percent increase in our commercial construction development pipeline this year in comparison to last, our team is enthusiastic and fortunate to experience a new stage of growth during this time,” said Eric Collin, Owner and President of Firmo Construction. “We’re excited to bring these three experts in their field on board as they support us in a new stage of evolution in ou r company,” said Stefan Baron, Vice President of Operations at Firmo Construction. “Together, they bring decades of additional leadership to a team with a mission to deliver business owners’ visions in our region and beyond." 


  • 25 Aug 2020 10:55 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Doctors at Sarasota Memorial Hospital are the first in southwest Florida to offer a new, minimally invasive procedure to help those in our community in need of hemodialysis. The Ellipsys System offers a minimally invasive way to create the vascular access needed for dialysis, replacing a more complex surgery and helping patients with kidney failure to begin their needed dialysis treatment sooner with fewer risks for complications. With just a few needle pokes, the Ellipsys System has now helped two patients at Sarasota Memorial get ready for their necessary dialysis treatments.

    “This is really no different than placing a really big IV,” says Dr. Wagner. “We don’t have to destroy any anatomy to create a good fistula and the vein should not have any scarring on it.” No scarring means the fistula can be accessed again and again for dialysis treatment, without risk of the blood vessels collapsing. The procedure takes about 30 minutes or less, requires no general anesthesia, and results in less trauma, pain and infection risk than the surgical approach. 


  • 24 Aug 2020 11:51 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Atlanta‐ August 24, 2020– Southeastern-based CPA firm Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is proud to
    announce the appointment of five new firm partners, effective Sept. 1.
    We are extremely excited to welcome these five individuals as partners in Mauldin & Jenkins and would like to congratulate all of them. We have many talented people and each of these individuals has demonstrated great success in delivering exceptional client service, their commitment to our core values, and strengthening the accounting profession. –
    Hanson Borders, Managing Partner, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

    Brandon Smith‐ Atlanta, GA
    Brandon Smith, CPA, joined Mauldin & Jenkins in 2008, after studying Accounting and Information Systems at Georgia Southern University. As a Partner based in the Atlanta office, he works with organizations throughout the Southeast to help deliver a blend of capacity building,
    management consulting, and traditional accounting services.
    Brandon’s experience includes evaluating internal control, cybersecurity, and risk management policies and practices. He helps organizations implement and expand established frameworks to meet operations, reporting, and compliance objectives. Brandon is enthusiastic about
    transformative technologies and the impact they have on our clients and the accounting profession. He is a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Georgia Planned Giving Council, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. He is also a volunteer instructor for Nonprofit University’s certificate programs. 
    Brandon resides in downtown Atlanta with his partner Morgan, a tax attorney and advocate for low income taxpayers.

    Ross Cannon‐ Atlanta, GA
    Ross W. Cannon, CPA, is a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services practice of Mauldin & Jenkins. Ross graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Georgia Southern University in 2006. He began his career with Mauldin &
    Jenkins shortly after graduation. Ross lives with his wife Jennifer in the Vinings area of Atlanta. Since joining Mauldin & Jenkins, Ross specializes in providing attestation services for a wide range of industries, including not-for-profit organizations, healthcare entities, affordable
    housing, higher education, employee benefit plans, and middle market businesses. Ross also provides accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals, corporations, and partnerships. Ross is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the
    Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA). Ross serves on the Leadership Council and the A&A Advisory Council for the GSCPA. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Institute on Aging. He also serves as the area chairman for the Smyrna Chapter of
    Ducks Unlimited and as state treasurer for Georgia Ducks Unlimited.

    Lacey Heath‐ Birmingham, AL
    Lacey Heath is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins. She graduated with a Master’s in Accounting from Auburn University in 2005, and joined Mauldin & Jenkins shortly after. Services provided to clients include financial statement audits, internal audits, and tax services.
    She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Alabama and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.
    Lacey and her husband Matthew reside in Birmingham, AL. Outside of the office Lacey attends The Church at Brook Hills.

    Jameson Miller‐ Chattanooga, TN
    Jameson Miller, CPA, CISA, CISSP is a Partner in the Chattanooga, TN, office and has been with the Firm since 2006. Jameson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2007. Jameson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant,
    with the state of Tennessee, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
    His experience includes audits for financial institutions, public SEC companies, manufacturers, not for profit organizations and higher education Institutions. Additionally, he has extensive
    experience performing information systems regulatory compliance and framework reviews, 
    SSAE 18 System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reporting, and Technical audits and cybersecurity assessments for information systems. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), ISC2, and ISACA. He previously
    served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Chapter of the TSCPA as chair of the Career Awareness and the Community Service committees. He currently serves as the treasurer/secretary on the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Trails Conference. Jameson resides in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Ashley, and two sons, Fox and Ozzie. They
    are avid outdoor enthusiasts and in their spare time enjoy hiking and backpacking. Together they have completed over 460 miles of the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mountain, GA to Damascus, VA), and over 200 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

    Hope Pendergrass‐ Macon, GA
    Hope M. Pendergrass, CPA, is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC. She graduated from Wesleyan College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and joined Mauldin & Jenkins immediately thereafter. Her expertise covers a wide variety of state and local governments. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and is involved in the Georgia Government
    Finance Officers Association. She also serves on the GFOA's Special Review Committee and performs reviews of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) as part of GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program. Hope holds the AICPA
    Advanced Single Audit Certificate after passing the AICPA Advanced Single Audit Exam. Most recently, she was named Mauldin & Jenkins’ lead compliance audit technical partner. Hope enjoys community service work and has volunteered with various organizations in the
    middle Georgia area including United Way of Central Georgia, Distinguished Young Women of Monroe and Bibb Counties, and Wesleyan College. Hope and her husband, Derrick, live in Macon with their son, Corbin.

    Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm providing assurance, tax, consulting and advisory services since 1918. The firm has eight offices located across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. For more
    information, please visit
    www.mjcpa.com.

  • 24 Aug 2020 10:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    At the request of former Board Chair Brad Prechtl and his wife Terri, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) is transferring all proceeds from the Brad & Terri Prechtl Fund to a newly-created special fund for immediate financial assistance to cancer patients who have been affected by COVID-19. The FCS Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients with their non-medical, essential living expenses, such as overdue rent, mortgage, utility bills and car payments, while they undergo treatment.

    Lynn Rasys, Executive Director of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, said, “When Brad and Terri presented the idea of using the $70,000 in their namesake fund to help patients affected by COVID-19, we enthusiastically agreed. As our founding Board Chair, Brad was instrumental in establishing the Foundation and has always championed our mission and, as a volunteer in the Lakewood Ranch clinic, Terri saw first-hand the immediate relief patients feel when they no longer have to worry about overdue bills.”

    Foundation Board Member Shelly Glenn, who also serves as Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for FCS, explained, “The Brad & Terri Prechtl Fund is a tribute fund honoring our founding FCS Foundation Board Chair Brad Prechtl, who also served as CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) for nearly 11 years, and his wife, Terri, who was Lead Patient Support Volunteer for over five years at the Lakewood Ranch location of Florida Cancer Specialists. The fund was created in January 2018 to recognize Brad and Terri’s leadership, personal financial support and dedication to the FCS Foundation.”

    Prechtl, who recently retired as CEO of FCS, added, “Cancer patients and their families are among those most severely impacted by COVID-19. Patients and their spouses may have lost their jobs or cannot work because they are in active treatment. Their stress is compounded because their immune systems are compromised and, if they contract the coronavirus, they may not survive. The Foundation seeks to eliminate some of this stress by providing financial assistance for non-medical living expenses, so that patients can focus on what is most important . . .their recovery. Terri and I are honored to support this noble mission.”

    Due to the ongoing generosity of the Florida Cancer Specialists physicians in covering all overhead expenses for the Foundation, 100% of donations received go directly towards patient grants.

    Foundation Board Chair Michael Diaz, MD, who is also Assistant Managing Physician for FCS, emphasized the urgency surrounding financial assistance to cancer patients, especially because of the COVID-19 crisis. “When a patient applies for a grant from the FCS Foundation, we are able to process their request quickly and can often provide assistance within a few days. This immediate response is critical for patients who are facing having their electricity or water shut off, or potentially being evicted from their home.” 


  • 24 Aug 2020 10:54 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Icard Merrill attorneys selected for the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers are Charles J. Bartlett (Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation), Michael J. Furen (Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate), Thomas F. Icard, Jr. (Construction Law, Mediation), Robert G. Lyons (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs), William W. Merrill III (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Land Use and Zoning, Land Use and Zoning Litigation), and Jaime L. Wallace (Family Law). In addition, two of the firm’s attorneys are listed in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: Anthony J. Manganiello III (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs) and Jordan J. Riccardi (Real Estate). 


  • 24 Aug 2020 10:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    An exciting new Canopy Zone feature is now open at Manatee County’s Robinson Preserve, allowing visitors to experience nature from a fresh perspective while exploring amidst the treetops.

    Situated at the edge of the historic Reasoner Tract at Robinson Preserve South, the Canopy Zone is nestled among century-old botanical giants that once formed the test plot for Royal Palm Nurseries. Follow the boardwalk as it extends past the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology (the NEST) and find yourself climbing among the limbs and leaves.

    The project was designed by Stantec Engineering and built by Tandem Construction, taking inspiration from the natural elements surrounding it. Thanks to careful planning, the Canopy Zone was built amongst the existing trees, allowing for a densely shaded environment and a cool experience to combat the summer heat. The boardwalk features LED lighting allowing it to be used for staff-guided evening programs for the public and permitted special events.

    The compact, two-story structure is filled with adventure park elements including a series of boardwalks, rope bridges, climbing nets, and slides. Crawl through the net tube to catch a bird’s-eye view of the newly built waterways of the Robinson Preserve Expansion or climb the tower, zigzagging through platforms to top and then take the spiral slide all the way to the understory loop on the forest floor. While some of the more challenging elements are recommended for ages 5 and older, all ages and abilities are welcome on the accessible tree-top boardwalk loop that emerges overlooking the Robinson Preserve Expansion, complete with mounted binoculars for viewing the wading birds and other wildlife within the preserve.

    The project complements the ongoing habitat restoration on 135 acres located at the expansion area of Robinson Preserve to enhance fisheries habitat and install native plants. Additional amenities are also being constructed including new pavilions, restrooms, kayak storage tubes, benches and trailside shade structures. These habitat and amenity improvements are expected to be completed and re-open this winter.

    The Canopy Zone is now open to the public the same hours as Robinson Preserve, sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Parking can be found near the NEST which can be reached from the preserve’s South Entrance at the end of 9th Avenue Northwest. 


  • 13 Aug 2020 1:14 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $50,000 in Community Investment funding from United Way Suncoast, designated for its GoodPartner Coach Financial Literacy program. The United Way funding will support efforts to provide Goodwill employees – primarily those who live and/or work in North Sarasota – with one-on-one job training, coaching, life and career goal-setting, and financial literacy services for those with barriers to successful employment, including those with significant disabilities.

    “We are proud to partner with Goodwill in support of our community impact priority of financial stability," said United Way CEO Jessica Muroff. “Our community needs this support now more than ever. We look forward to the impact these dollars will make in serving people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and those with other barriers to employment.”

    Every Goodwill employee is assigned a GoodPartner Coach. These coaches work with team members to do needs assessments to determine barriers to self-sufficiency and identify areas that could be strengthened through training as well as determine access to basic needs such as housing, food and healthcare. Other program elements include writing an individualized development plan and offering case management services to address any issues that might be a barrier to success.

    Financial literacy is a key component of the GoodPartner Coach program, with information to help team members become banked, the development of a personal budget, guidance on improving credit scores, and even assistance for employees seeking to purchase a home for the first time.

    “The 2019 United Way ALICE Report found that, while 43% of working households may be considered above the poverty line, they are ‘Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,’ meaning they struggle to cover basic needs such as food or housing," said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. "Thanks to the grant from United Way Suncoast, our GoodPartner Coach program can continue to work with Goodwill team members so that they can break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives."

    Visit experiencegoodwill.org for more about Goodwill’s programs and services.


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

    Children First recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Comprehensive Services for children and families living at-risk in Sarasota County. Comprehensive Services include early childhood education, nutrition, healthcare screenings, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for parents.

    Because the average income of a Children First family is $14,000, they are left with extremely limited income and resources for education, food stability, and housing. Approximately 900 families received strengthening services from Children First in 2019 to help them break the generational cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

    “With an incredibly high percentage of the families enrolled living below the Federal Poverty Level of $21,720 for a family of three, funding from the Wilson-Wood Foundation is critical to combatting the systemic pressures of poverty, pressures which create an environment of chronic stress for both children and adults. We are deeply appreciative of the Wilson-Wood Foundation for their continued support of our community’s most vulnerable who cannot afford to be left behind,” says CEO Philip Tavill. 


  • 10 Aug 2020 1:44 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL  August 10, 2020 – The Food4Families program was established by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee in March to provide COVID-19 Emergency Relief to Manatee County residents.  Since mid-March, over 400,000 meals have been provided direct to families in need through the Food4Families program.  The August Food4Families distributions will take place at a new time, on a new day, in a new location.

    “For over 21 weeks we have been providing food to help the hungry through our Food4Families direct distributions in support of the School District of Manatee at their Summer Break Spots.  As students go back to school, we are continuing our mission to provide vital nutrition through the Food4Families Program at Renaissance on 9th starting on Wednesday, August 12th,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.  “We anticipate food-insecurity will continue to rise in Manatee County due to the impacts of COVID-19 and we are here to help fill the gap.”

    The Food4Families distributions in August will take place on:  08/12/2020, 08/19/2020, and 08/26/2020 at Renaissance on 9th/Bradenton Dream Center, located at 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Due to social distancing guidelines, the drive-through distributions are designed for limited-contact. Those coming to receive food should follow signage and remain in their vehicle. Food4Families bags contain breakfast, lunch, and dinner to feed a family of five for two or more days. The food is provided free of charge. 


    In addition to the Food4Families program, The Food Bank of Manatee provides food to numerous 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.   


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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