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Sarasota Magazine is proud to host our 2018 Unity Awards, a celebration of the people, companies and projects advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our community and around the world. This is our company's eighth year honoring these inspiring champions. Our winners are advocates for the poor, for the physically and mentally disabled, for those from difference cultures, races and religious backgrounds, and those in crisis.

Please join us for a luncheon celebration at Michael’s On East, Feb. 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with an introduction by former Unity Award winner, Neil Phillips, founder of Visible Men Academy.

Our 2018 winners are:

Health Care 

Dr. Karen Hamad, Dr. Vida Farhangi and Dr. Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch at the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center at Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice-Newtown


Tom Waters, Easter Seals Southwest Florida


Embracing Our Differences


Vickie Oldham, Newtown Alive

Public/Private Partnership

Sarasota Community Homeless Partnership, a joint effort by facilitator Jon Thaxton of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and city and county officials


Tarnisha Cliatt, Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce

Hurricane Heroes

Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez, Ana Maria Suarez, Myreli Zamora of SRQ Florida Helps Puerto Rico


12th Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Williams and Charlie Ann Syprett, Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee


Sarasota County Bar Association, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee, Zenith Insurance Company, Florida Power & Light, Hultman Sensenig + Joshi, FCCI, The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee Community Federal Credit UnionManatee Technical College