The Good News



KATIE HOOD

Focusing on healthy brains, Katie Hood and the Alzheimer's Association provide support for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Katie Hood"

SUSIE CHINN

For the last 25 years, nonprofit organization Sarasota in Defense of Animals has provided rescued animals with a permanent home.
Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Susie Chinn"

IVONNE PADILLA

Through a partnership with Girls Inc., Selby Gardens has awarded 20 families yearlong memberships to help instill a lifelong love of the outdoors in children.
Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Ivonne Padilla"

SARASOTA MIDDLE
SCHOOL

For Sarasota Middle School teachers and administration, STEMsmart award reflects everyday student engagement.
Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Sarasota Middle School"

TEAGAN NICKOLS AND 
PETE NICKOLS

Father-and-daughter volunteer team helps level the playing field at Miracle League of Manasota. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Teagan and Pete Nickols"

SHERI POTTER

Using the tradition of folding and retiring the flag, Girl Scouts of the Gulf Coast Troop 254 create a sense of community. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Sheri Potter"

BOOKER ELEMENTARY'S DEDRA 
REED

Booker Elementary students share life goals and celebrate the
importance of dreaming big with the school’s first anthology. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Booker Elementary's Dedra Reed"

VENICE HIGH SCHOOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Hobby meets real-world application for Venice High School Amateur Radio Club members. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Venice High School Amateur Radio Club"

MEALS ON WHEELS PLUS
OF MANATEE

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/?page=2#sthash.p5icvkbc.dpuf
Using the universal language of art, Embracing Our Differences hopes to create newfound appreciation for the value of diversity. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/#sthash.0WyVzZRk.dpuf

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee strives to improve the lives of seniors in the area through both traditional meal delivery programs and supportive care-giving services. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee"

VENICE AREA
BEAUTIFICATION

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/?page=2#sthash.p5icvkbc.dpuf
Using the universal language of art, Embracing Our Differences hopes to create newfound appreciation for the value of diversity. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/#sthash.0WyVzZRk.dpuf

Through its strong volunteer base and community support, Venice Area Beautification Inc. strives to make Venice a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Venice Area Beautification"

EMBRACING OUR
DIFFERENCES

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/?page=2#sthash.p5icvkbc.dpuf
Using the universal language of art, Embracing Our Differences hopes to create newfound appreciation for the value of diversity. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/#sthash.0WyVzZRk.dpuf

Using the universal language of art, Embracing Our Differences hopes to create newfound appreciation for the value of diversity. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Embracing Our Difference"

MOTHERS HELPING 
MOTHERS

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/?page=2#sthash.p5icvkbc.dpuf

The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations. Read more and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Mothers Helping Mothers"

CAT DEPOT

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

Cat Depot volunteers find rewards in the organization's mission to save lives and provide shelter for homeless cats. Read more about volunteer Katie Norvell and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Cat Depot"

MEALS ON WHEELS
SARASOTA

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

When summer comes and snowbird volunteers head back up north, Meals on Wheels Executive Director Terry McGannon hopes to see more young volunteers taking their place. Read more about him and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Meals on Wheels Sarasota"

GOCIO ELEMENTARY

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

For Gocio Elementary teacher Dawn Burns, teaching her students about theater and the fine arts sets the stage for success. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Gocio Elementary"

ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf
Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank's desire to help children fuels her work at the nonprofit organization. Read more about her and watch a video tour in this week's Good News.

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All Faiths Food Bank"

 

SUZANNE GREGORY

For the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, providing access to nature is crucial to its mission. Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Suzanne Gregory"

 

TERRY REDMAN

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

 

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.Z0WS081r.dpuf

Friends of Sarasota County Parks is raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for a proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail. Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Terry Redman"

 

JAMIE UIHLEIN

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.mPwNvX6k.dpuf
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services gives stray animals a forever home by matching them with adoptees. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.pjJ0Wrp3.dpuf

Four years ago, following a successful cancer treatment, Jamie Uihlein and his family created the Polo Under the Palms fundraiser to give back. This year's event will feature a local charity for the first time. Read more about him and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Jamie Uihlein"

 

CYNTHIA MCMULLIN

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.mPwNvX6k.dpuf
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services gives stray animals a forever home by matching them with adoptees. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.pjJ0Wrp3.dpuf

Through compassion and dedication, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center's mission is to end domestic and sexual violence. Read more about SPARCC and this volunteer and watch a video in this week's Good News.

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Cynthia McMullin"

 

KRISTEN LITTLE

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.mPwNvX6k.dpuf
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services gives stray animals a forever home by matching them with adoptees. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.pjJ0Wrp3.dpuf

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services gives animals a forever home by matching them with adoptees. Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Kristen Little"

 

HARVEST HOUSE

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.mPwNvX6k.dpuf

For those struggling with addiction or homelessness, the organization offers social services for a fresh start. Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Harvest House"

 

JUDY ALEXANDER

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all. - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/#sthash.mPwNvX6k.dpuf

As CEO of Every Child Inc., Judy Alexander strives to provide equal opportunities for all.
Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Judy Alexander"

 

ADELL EROZER

Adell Erozer and Turning Points in Manatee use compassion to change the lives of the homeless.
Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Adell Erozer"

 

JONAH DUCHESNE-SHAW

Volunteer Jonah Duchesne-Shaw, 12, keeps young readers turning the page through the Literacy Buddy program.
Read more about him and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Jonah Duchesne-Shaw"

 

SARASOTA MEDICAL 
PREGNANCY CENTER

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center helps women make informed decisions about parenthood.
Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center"
 

ERIKA ECHEGARAY

Suncoast Polytechnical High School student Erika Echegaray has volunteered for Face Autism for two years.
Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Erika Echegaray"

 

SHERI AND GERRY LUBLIN

One of Gerry and Sheri's favorite things to do is to use Gulf Coast Gives to find projects to which they can donate on behalf of friends and acquaintances who have helped them in some way.
Read more about them and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Sheri and Gerry Lublin"

 

LAUREL NOKOMIS 
SCHOOL

Inspired by their personal heroes, Laurel Nokomis reading ambassadors teach preschoolers what it takes to make a difference.
Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Laurel Nokomis School"

 

CHILDREN FIRST

Children First hopes to raise funds to provide an appropriate space for waitlisted children as well as money to scholarship them, which costs between $9,000 and $10,000 per year, per student, for educational programs, screenings, family counseling and food. Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Children First"

 

MEGAN WENGER
As community engagement coordinator for Community Youth Development, Megan Wenger says she enjoys the opportunity to interact with some of the city's most involved and promising students. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Megan Wenger"

 

MANASOTA
OPERATION
TROOP SUPPORT

One of Manasota Operation Troop Support's most prominent efforts includes packing and mailing customized care packages to deployed local troops.Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.


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Manasota Operation
Troop Support"

 

KAREN VAN
LINDONK

Karen Van Lindonk is a volunteer with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.

 



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Karen Van Lindonk"


 

FAIRY TAIL ENDINGS
Fairy Tail Endings is
a nonprofit organization that
has formed partnerships with
local veterinarians and service providers to help struggling families provide care for and maintain ownership of their pets. 
Read more about it and watch a video in this week's Good News.



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Fairy Tale Endings"


 

BIG BROTHERS BIG 
SISTERS OF THE
SUNCOAST

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast is seeking good role models in its 100 Real Men Mentor campaign. Read more about it in this week's Good News.








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VOLUNTEERS JEANEEN 
HALL AND SUZANNE HORN

Jeaneen Hall and Suzanne Horn are volunteers at Historic Spanish Point. Read more about them and watch a video in this week's Good News.








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PHILANTHROPIST KATHLEEN MCDONALD
Kathleen McDonald is a philanthropist and the former president of Art Center Sarasota. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.








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PHILANTHROPIST ALISA 
PETTINGELL
Alisa Pettingell is a philanthropist and Gulf Coast Community Foundation supporter. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.








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KAREN DERITTER OF BRIDES AGAINST 
BREAST CANCER
Karen DeRitter is a bridal consultant at Brides Against Breast Cancer. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.








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AMANDA SIMON OF PINEVIEW SCHOOL
Amanda Simon is a fourth grade teacher at Pine View School. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's Good News.








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REBECCA LOCKWOOD OF FORTY CARROTS
Rebecca Lockwood is the preschool director of Forty Carrots Family Center. Read more about her and watch a video in this week's The Good News.








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DAVE STRICKLAND OF AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Dave Strickland is the board chairman of the Manatee County American Cancer Society. Read more about him and watch a video in this week's The Good News.








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SHELLEY THAYER OF CAT DEPOT
Shelley Thayer has been the executive director of Cat Depot since 2009. Read more about her in this week's Good News.








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