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  • 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.   


  • 07 Aug 2020 9:10 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Crystal Clean Green Cleaning, a designated Healthy Sarasota County Worksite, is taking extra steps to prioritize employee health and well-being amidst COVID-19. Crystal Clean has been a Healthy Sarasota County Worksite for many years, and their leader, Steven Pajevic, makes no exceptions when it comes to making sure his staff stay healthy and happy.

    The Healthy Sarasota County Worksite program, which is administered through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, designates employers who are carrying out health promotion actions endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proven to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

    Due to Crystal Clean’s robust worksite wellness program, the additional safety measures put in place due to COVID-19 were nothing new. Crystal Clean has been actively using gloves, shoe covers, and other protective measures to prevent illness for many years. Employees are also now screened at the start of each workday, helping to ensure a healthy and safe workforce


  • 07 Aug 2020 9:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    While much of the community focus is on COVID-19, heart attack and stroke continue to be major health threats as well. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST- elevation myocardial infarction, known as a STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack, and according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is consistently recognized for quality treatment and recently received the following awards for the hospital’s commitment to meeting specific quality achievement measures: Gold Receiving-Mission: Lifeline® program for heart attacks, Honor Roll Elite -Gold Plus with Target: Stroke and Honor Roll-Target: Type 2 Diabetes from Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program. “Our ER at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER in Lakewood Ranch continue to be open and safe. This recognition underscores the superior care our teams deliver for heart attacks and strokes,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.  “If you need emergency care, please don’t delay treatment.” 

  • 07 Aug 2020 9:06 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Anna Maria Oyster Bar (Cortez location) today announced it has been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for ranking in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite, top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. “We are beyond proud to receive the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award from Tripadvisor. Being recognized by our guests is an honor that means more than anything to us. We are proud to be a place where our guests are comfortable recommending to their friends and fellow Tripadvisor travelers,” said John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar. 

  • 06 Aug 2020 1:15 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Joint replacement specialist and board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Cashen with Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedics, sports medicine, pain management and physical therapy services, recently received the Patients’ Choice Award from the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “I am honored to receive the first Patients’ Choice Award from Lakewood Ranch Medical Center,” said Dr. Cashen. “It has been a privilege to act as the medical director of the joint replacement program and to work alongside the caring staff on the orthopedics unit. I greatly appreciate the kind words of our patients.”  

    “Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is honored to recognize Dr. David Cashen as our first provider chosen for the Patients’ Choice Award,” said Andy Guz, chief executive officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “Feedback from our patients is very important to us to maintain the highest quality of care.”


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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