The Charity Register, Part 1

By staff September 1, 2002

Agape Flights

Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistical support, including weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies, short-term volunteer teams, distribution of medical and other ministry supplies.

Executive director: Charles Gardner

Address: 7990 15th St. E.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-5099

Web site:

Mission statement: Share the gospel and fight disease, poverty and illiteracy by serving missionaries in the Western Hemisphere, primarily in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Volunteer opportunities: Sort and package medicine and supplies, aircraft maintenance, computer entry, office work, Web page design and maintenance.

Main fund-raising event: Missions Banquet

Banquet featuring displays by cooperating ministries and praise reports from missionaries and short-term volunteers.

Date: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 355-5099

AIDS-Manasota, Inc.

Sarasota's oldest AIDS service organization, providing HIV prevention and support.

Executive director: Debbie L. Roginski

Address: 1844 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 954-6011

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide services to those infected or affected by HIV disease; to teach prevention and intervention techniques and optimize the quality of life.

Volunteer opportunities: Peer counseling, massage therapy, office, fundraising, buddy and companion services, dinners.

Main fund-raising event: Red Ribbon Holiday Auction

An evening of good food, entertainment and great holiday auction items.

Date: Nov. 10, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $50/person

Event chairperson: Marcella Gilliland and Linda Post-Noel

Contact telephone: (941) 954-6011 and (941) 371-7150

All Faiths Food Bank

Collects and delivers food to churches and non-profit agencies.

Executive director: Daniel E. Dunn

Address: 717 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-6333

Web site:

Mission statement: Solicit warehouses, process and distribute food to non-profit agencies and churches offering hunger relief in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Sorters and events.

Main fund-raising event: Taste of the Nation

Evening of sampling food and wine from numerous Sarasota restaurants.

Date: April 2003

Location: Phillippi Estate

Ticket price: $50/person

Event chairperson: Paul Mattison and Ann Andrews

Contact telephone: (941) 379-6333

ALSO for Gay Youth, Inc.

A drop-in center, outreach support groups, HIV education, a youth speak-out panel and diversity training.

Executive director: Shelley Craig

Address: P.O. Box 7382

Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 951-2576

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide peer support services, educational programs, advocacy and referrals for youth dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

Volunteer opportunities: Support group facilitators, office work, special events.

Main fund-raising event: Annual Brunch

Waterfront dining with interactive presentation from youth members.

Date: Nov 10, 2002

Location: Marina Jack

Ticket price: $40/person

Event chairperson: Carroll Hunter, board president

Contact telephone: (941) 951-2576

Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Provides awareness, service, support and education to enhance those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Executive director: Clare Loer

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Web site:

Mission statement: Enhance the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer's and related disorders through awareness, service, support and education.

Volunteer opportunities: Gala committees, Memory Walk planning.

Main fund-raising event:

1) Memory Walk - A national walkathon.

2) A Night to Remember - Gala fund-raiser with dancing, silent and live auction.


1) Oct. 19, 2002

2) Feb. 15, 2003


1) Lido Beach Pavilion

2) Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket price:

1) Walkers collect pledges

2) $125-$250/person

Event chairperson:

Stanley and Daniel Kane

Contact telephone: (941) 365-8883

American Cancer Society

Executive director: Melinda Mudge

Address: 2100 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 497-4309

Web site:

Mission statement: Eliminate cancer as a major health problem through prevention and diminish suffering through education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer opportunities: Office, fund-raising committees, fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising event: Relay for Life

Date: Held annually

Location: Varies

Ticket price: None

Event chairperson: Varies by location

Contact telephone: (941) 497-4309

American Dancesport Inc.

Provides an avenue of dance for children 6-18 to learn socialization, a variety of dance skills and self-esteem.

Executive director: Wilson Barrera

Address: 2272 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-1099

Mission statement: Promote the social, emotional and physical well-being of youth through education in the art and sport of Dancesport.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Dancesport Spectacular

Ballroom dance competition, dancing, dinner show.

Date: September 2002

Location: Sarasota Hyatt

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Wilson Barrera

Contact telephone: (941) 955-1099

American Heart Association

Executive director: Judy Brown

Address: 2975 Bee Ridge Road, Suite B

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 927-4997

Web site:

Mission statement: Reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Volunteer opportunities: Heart Walk, Heart Ball, community advocacy.

Main fund-raising event: 2002 American Heart Walk

Date: Oct. 26, 2002

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Rod Dagenais

Contact telephone: (941) 927-4997

American Red Cross-Southwest Florida

Local chapter of the nationwide volunteer agency that helps individuals and families in need after disasters.

Executive director: Larry Rider

Address: 2001 Cantu Court

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-9300

Web site:

Mission statement: Promote mutual understanding, protect life and health and prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

Volunteer opportunities: Disaster mitigation, disaster relief, health and safety instruction, clerical, data entry and reception.

Main fund-raising event: Celebrating Sarasota's Heroes

Annual luncheon to honor Sarasota County heroes, including firefighter and police officer of the year.

Date: TBA

Event chairperson: Larry Rider and Rosemarie Fisher

Contact telephone: (941) 379-9300, ext. 224

Animal Rescue Coalition

Advocacy group for adoptable animals and spay and neuter programs.

Executive director: Jaye Williams

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 213

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Web site:

Mission statement: End the killing of adoptable cats and dogs in Sarasota County, and promote and support programs involving beneficial relationships between people and companion animals.

Volunteer opportunities: Events, office and clerical, feral cat colony programs and mobile neuter/spay clinic.

Main fund-raising event: Gala 2003

An elegant evening of dinner and dancing.

Date: Feb. 22, 2003

Location: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 957-1955

Art Center Sarasota

The oldest arts and cultural organization in Sarasota County. Features artwork created by Gulf Coast artisans in a variety of exhibitions throughout the year as well as in the gift gallery.

Executive director: Lisa-Marie Confessore

Address: 707 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236-4050

Telephone: (941) 365-2032

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide and stimulate focus on the visual arts through education, workshops and exhibitions.

Volunteer opportunities: Greeters for receptions and exhibitions, youth and adult class monitors and reception desk greeters.

Main fund-raising event:

(1) Art Center Fancy Fair - Outdoor fine arts festival.

(2) Art Center Bohemian Gala - Bohemian-themed gala.


(1) Jan. 24-25, 2003

(2) March 9, 2003


(1) Phillippi Creek Estate Park

(2) Art Center Sarasota

Ticket price:

(1) $2 donation

(2) $100-$150/person

Event chairperson:

(1) Monty McMullan

(2) Charles Holman

Contact telephone: (941) 365-2032

Arthritis Foundation

Provides quality programs and services for those affected by arthritis and its related conditions.

Executive director: Anne Fair Forrest

Address: 6221 14th St., W., #305

Bradenton, FL 34207

Telephone: (941) 739-2729

Mission statement: Improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: "Joints in Motion"

Marathon training program with exotic destinations.

Date: October and November 2002

Locations: Dublin and Bermuda

Ticket price: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 739-2729

Asolo Theatre Company

Professional acting company for quality rotating repertory theatre.

Producing artistic director: Howard J. Millman

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 351-8000

Web site:

Mission statement: Produce and present high-quality professional theater in a fiscally responsible manner for the community and to act as a training ground for FSU graduate students.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, gift shop, administrative, special events including theater dinners and travel fund raisers.

Main fund-raising event: Season Gala

Dinner dance and show benefiting artistic and educational programs.

Date: Jan. 11, 2003

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket price: $250/person

Event chairperson: Susan Buck, Scott George and Candie Gunn

Contact telephone: (941) 351-9010, ext. 4704

Bethesda House

A non-denominational organization providing a food pantry, laundry, shower, assistance with housing and benefits to HIV positive people, their caregivers, friends and family at no charge.

Executive director: Francis Nevolo

Address: 1670 Fourth St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1886

Mission statement: Respond to the physical, social and spiritual needs of HIV infected and affected people.

Volunteer opportunities: Receptionist, transportation, food pantry.

Main fund-raising event: Spring concert

Musical concert.

Date: March 2003

Location: Incarnation Parish Hall

Ticket price: $30/person

Event chairperson: Jo-Ann Hillman

Contact telephone: (941) 366-1886

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.

Provides one-to-one mentoring to area children to empower youth to develop self-worth and responsibility.

President and CEO: Joy Mahler

Address: 2831 Ringling Blvd., A-201

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 331-4376

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide one-to-one mentoring to children throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.

Main fund-raising event: Bowl For Kids' Sake 2003

Participants bowl and collect pledges.

Date: February and March, 2003

Location: Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 331-4376

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Works with boys and girls to develop responsible, caring and productive citizens.

President and CEO: J. Mack Reid

Address: P.O. Box 4068

Sarasota, FL 34230-4068

Telephone: (941) 366-3911

Web site:

Mission statement: Help youth of all backgrounds, with special concerns for those from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event:

1) Steak & Steak Dinner - Dinner

2) Dick Vitale Sports Night - Dinner and auction hosted by sports celebrity Dick Vitale.

Dates, locations and tickets prices: TBA

Event chairperson:

1) Joan Verizzo

2) John Perseo

Contact telephone: (941) 366-3911, ext. 22

Boy Scouts of America

Youth development program designed to promote the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, leadership and kindred virtues.

Executive director: Gary Hampton

Address: 1801 Boy Scout Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33907

Telephone: (800) 269-8072

Mission statement: Serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Friends of Scouting

Finance campaign that targets businesses, civic clubs and individuals.

Date: January through April 2003

Contact telephone: (800) 269-8072

Breast Health Sarasota, Inc.

Provides mammograms and promotes breast health education.

Executive director: Janet Hunter

Address: 2340 Shadow Oaks Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 371-6798

Mission statement: Provide mammograms for women unable to afford them and promote breast health education in the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Lecture series or special fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising event: Ladies Luncheon

Date: Dec. 16, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $50-$75/person

Event chairperson: Janet Hunter and Roberta MacDonald

Contact telephone: (941) 371-6798

Camp Florida Fish Tales

A week-long, barrier-free wheelchair-accessible camp for children with medical or physical disabilities.

Executive director: Muffet Einwag

Address: 3220 Williamsburg St.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 921-9182

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Camp counselors, EMTs, lifeguards, nurses, physical and occuapational therapists.

Main fund-raising event: Annual golf tournament.

Golf tournament.

Date: October 2002

Location: TBA

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Muffet Einwag

Contact telephone: (941) 921-9182

Cardinal Mooney High School

The area's only Catholic, independent college prep school, offering a broad range of advanced academics, sports and arts in a safe, family-friendly environment.

President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas

Address: 4171 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4917

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide an excellent, values-based education in a small, family-oriented environment while emphasizing service to God and the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Event coordination, donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.

Main fund-raising event: Dinner Auction/Car Drawing

Dinner auction featuring more than 250 silent and live auction items, entertainment and dinner.

Date: March 15, 2003

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 379-2647

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.

Part of the nation's largest network of agencies, institutions and individuals who aim to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo, LCSW

Address: 1000 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 488-5581

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide direct services for, advocate on behalf of, and convene the people of Southwest Florida to ensure human dignity, enhance the quality of life for all people, and emulate the teachings of Jesus.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Bishop's Annual Charity Ball

Dinner and dancing.

Date: Jan. 23, 2003

Location: St. Ann Hall at Bishop Nevins Academy

Ticket price: $150/person

Event chairperson: Beverly Ryan and Maria Desanto

Contact telephone: (941 488-5581

Charis Center, Inc.

Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages.

Executive director: Glen Denlinger, LCSW, BCD

Address: 4041 Bahia Vista St.

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-1549

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide professional counseling and family life education services to meet the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Child Development Center

Prevention and early intervention services for children.

Executive director: Peter D. Howard, LCSW

Address: 4620 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 371-8820

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide prevention and early intervention services to children and their families to prevent, reduce or eliminate conditions that interfere with healthy development.

Volunteer opportunities: Call Suzanne Pontiere at 953-9100, ext 101, or visit Web site for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts

Date: Dec. 6, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Donna Dooley and Dede Curran

Contact telephone: (941) 953-9100, ext. 115

Child Protection Center Inc.

Works to prevent child abuse.

Executive director: Ginna Downing, M.S., F.F.L.E.

Address: 1750 17th St., Building L

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-1277

Mission statement: Prevent child abuse and protect and treat children and families affected by child abuse.

Volunteer opportunities: Supervise court-ordered visits between non-custodial parents and children, as well as numerous opportunities during the Sarasota Comedy Festival and other fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Comedy Festival

Cartoonists and their characters and a variety of comedians bring a week of laughter to raise funds to help abused children.

Date: TBA

Location: Venues throughout Sarasota

Contact telephone: (941) 365-1277

Children First, Inc.

Provides comprehensive services to more than 400 of Sarasota County's lowest income children from birth to 5 years.

Executive director: Philip D. Tavill

Address: 1723 N. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 953-3877

Web site:

Mission statement: Strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

Volunteer opportunities: Call Hope Kinney, Program Director, at (941) 953-3877 for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Children First Celebration

Date: Feb. 15-22, 2003

Location: Six events throughout Sarasota County

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Committee chaired

Contact telephone: (941) 953-3877, ext. 119 Josephine Pompey

Children's Guardian Fund, The

Raises and administers funds to support the Guardian Ad Litem program of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

President: Gail Johnson

Address: P.O. Box 49722

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 861-4875

Mission statement: Raise and administer funds to support the Guardian Ad Litem program of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Volunteer opportunities: Guardians, ad litem, fund raising, tennis tournament, table tops.

Main fund-raising event:

1) Table Tops - Display of creative table settings and luncheon.

2) Tennis tournament - Three-day tennis tournament.

Dates and ticket prices TBA

Event chairperson:

1) Tish Benetovich

2) Linda Harradine, (941) 360-0550

Children's Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc. (CHAC)

Supports children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs.

Executive director: Peggy J. Connell

Address: 4405 DeSoto Road

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 355-8808

Web site:

Mission statement: Support children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs.

Volunteer opportunities: Selby pre-school, plant nursery, Treasure House thrift shop, administration, occupational training program, Community Living Program Group homes.

Main fund-raising event: "Art Auction"

Art auction to benefit scholarship funds.

Date: October 2002

Location: Asolo Theatre

Ticket price: $75/person

Event chairperson: Jackie Adams

Contact telephone: (941) 355-8808, ext. 251

Circus Sarasota

Independent performance and teaching circus.

Executive director: Pedro Reis

Address: P.O. Box 18636

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Web site:

Mission statement: Represent the circus arts at the highest level through performace, education and integrated arts programming.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative office, box office and gala committees.

Main fund-raising event: "The Art of Circus" Gala

Dining and dancing, along with exciting circus entertainment.

Date: Nov. 2, 2002

Location: Under the Big Top at Tuttle and Ringling Avenue

Ticket price: $150-$250/person

Event chairperson: Ron Carter and Janet Hunter

Contact telephone: (941) 371-6798

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Inc

Provides more than 40 substance-abuse, mental health, criminal justice, prevention, intervention and treatment programs.

Executive director: Dr. Christine Cauffield

Address: 3830 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 927-8900

Mission statement: Offer affordable behavioral healthcare.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: "Around the World"

Dance revue.

Date: Oct. 5, 2002

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Corporate and individual sponsorships available.

Event chairperson: Dr. Chrissie Eisale

Contact telephone: (941) 927-8900

Community AIDS Network

Provides numerous services to those infected with and affected by HIV.

Executive director: Susan Terry

Address: 1231 N. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-0461

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide HIV education to the community and medical, dental, case management and therapeutic programs to people who are HIV-positive.

Volunteer opportunities: Anonymous testing, fund-raising and office work.

Main fund-raising event: C.A.N. Dance

Ballroom championship dancing event.

Date: Oct. 26, 2002

Location: The Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $125

Event chairperson: Stephen Sieg

Contact telephone: (941) 925-9060

Community Video Archives (CVA)

Collects and stores video footage pertinent to Sarasota history.

Executive director: Annette Scherman

Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7052

Mission statement: Record and preserve a living history of the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Everyone in this organization is a volunteer, except for professional video producers, who are paid per project.

Main fund-raising event: Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon

Luncheon where honorees are inducted into Hall of Fame.

Date: April 9, 2003

Location: Michael's On East Ballroom

Ticket price: $50/person; sponsorship tables also available

Event chairperson: Roberta Hamilton

Contact telephone: (941) 365-7052

Community Youth Development Project

Identify needs of teens and develop positive substance-free activities to meet those needs.

Executive director: Karen Bogues

Address: 4409 Sawyer Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 922-5126

Mission statement: Improving the lives of teens by empowering youth and adults as community partners.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Nature conservancy of 190 acres with nature trails, school programs and educational center.

Executive director: Debbie Dixon

Address: 16405 Myakka Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 322-1000

Web site:

Mission statement: Preserve a natural site where today's and tomorrow's generations learn about, appreciate and enjoy the environment and cultural history of the rural Gulf coast of Florida.

Volunteer opportunities: Land and building maintenance, office, computer admissions, trail guides, school programs.

Main fund-raising event: Starry Nite

Dinner and silent auction under the stars.

Date: January 2003

Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Pat Schlesinger

Contact telephone: (941) 322-1000

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Raises awareness about cystic fibrosis and funds to fight the disease.

Executive director: Rebecca Marcey

Address: 677 Washington Blvd. N., Suite 35

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 952-5836

Web site:

Mission statement: Assure development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, volunteering at events.

Main fund-raising event:

1) Black & White Ball

2) Gettel Mitsubishi Charity Golf Classic


1) Oct. 26, 2002

2) Nov. 12, 2002


1) Michael's On East

2) Laurel Oak Country Club

Ticket price:

1) $200/person

2) $150/person

Event chairperson:

1) Leslie Ralph and Nick Drizos

2) Jim Gettel

Contact telephone:

1) (941) 330-2730

2) (941) 952-5836

D.A.S.H., Inc.

Provides interim housing for domestic abuse victims.

Executive director: Scott G. Gregoire

Address: P.O. Box 1484

Englewood, FL 34295-1484

Telephone: (941) 475-8722

Web site:

Mission statement: Provide interim housing for domestic abuse victims in the greater Englewood and North Port areas and help rebuild lives through a network of social services, including child care, self-esteem classes, social services and educational opportunities.

Volunteer opportunities: Resale shop, office help.

Deaf Service Center of Manatee/Sarasota

The only communication, referral and social service agency that serves as a focal point for more than 65,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Executive director: Sharon Wiblitzhouser

Address: 7254 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34217

Telephone: (941) 921-5447 V/TDD

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission statement: Bridge the communication and cultural gap between three communities: deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing.

Volunteer opportunities: Assist with fund-raisers and events, tutor students and occasional office work.

Main fund-raising event: 13th Annual Walk-A-Thon

A 5-mile walk with participants collecting pledges.

Date: Feb. 8, 2003

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Minimum $20 (pledges)

Event chairperson: Donna Carlton

Contact telephone: (941) 921-5447

Easter Seals Southwest Florida, Inc.

Provides educational and therapeutic services to disabled children and adults.

President and CEO: Mary Hitchcock

Address: 350 Braden Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-7637

Web site:

Mission statement: Create solutions that change lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Assisting disabled or special needs children and adults.

Main fund-raising event: Meadows Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Golf tournament.

Date: TBA

Event chairperson: Mary Hitchcock

Contact telephone: (941) 355-7637, ext 104

Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

Foundation that brings together the community and school district to raise funds and provide educational opportunities for school children.

Executive director: Dorothy Stuart

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd., Suite 326

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 927-0965

Web site:

Mission statement: Support, promote and provide opportunities for excellence in education for all public students in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Grant readers, science fair judges, program and event fund-raiser committees.

Main fund-raising event: Evening of Excellence

Dinner and student art auction showcasing outstanding high school art.

Date: Feb 28, 2003

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $150-$250/person. Sponsorships and table host positions available.

Event chairperson: TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 927-0965

Englewood Helping Hand, Inc.

A community-supported social service agency that provides short-term emergency assistance to Englewood residents and refers people to other agencies for long-term aid.

Executive director: Kathryn Roach

Address: 700 E. Dearborn St.

Englewood, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 474-5864

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are scheduled through their churches.

Main fund-raising event: Englewood Crop Walk

Five-mile walk. Sponsors pledge funds.

Date: February 2003

Location: Community Presbyterian Church

Event chairperson: Mary Shevlin

Contact telephone: (941) 697-8831

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Serves an eight-county region through three programs: Direct Client Services, which provides medical and case management services to people with epilepsy who do not have health insurance; a community education program; and a vocational services program.

Executive director: Thomas Gerrity

Address: 1900 Main St., Suite 212

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-5988, ext. 304

Mission statement: Prevent and control epilepsy, and help clients and their families overcome problems associated with the disorder so they can achieve maximum potential, independence and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Every Child, Inc.

Volunteers who work together to help needy kids stay in school.

Executive director: Judy Alexander

Address: 1700 North Drive

Sarasota, FL 34239-5017

Telephone: (941) 953-2277

Mission statement: Assist elementary and middle school children in Sarasota who have the greatest needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Back-to-school program, summer celebrations, holiday events, donating kids' books, raising funds.

FACE of Sarasota, Inc.

Advocacy organization for people with craniofacial disorders.

Executive director: Bernice Brooks Bergen

Address: P.O. Box 1424

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 922-9250

Mission statement: Enhance the lives of people with craniofacial disorders, offer solace and guidance, create public awareness and fight prejudice.

Volunteer opportunities: Secretaries, case history workers, visitation, mentoring, grant writing.

Main fund-raising event: Star-studded Gala

Skits, songs, dances, all focusing on the face.

Date: TBA

Event chairperson: Bernice Bergen with co-chairs

Contact telephone: (941) 955-9250

Family Counseling Center

A community-based organization working to strengthen and support families.

Executive director: Thomas F. Crawford

Address: P.O. Box 15987

Sarasota, FL 34277-1987

Telephone: (941) 955-7017

Web site:

Mission statement: Alleviate human distress, promote personal growth, strengthen individual, family and community life.

Volunteer opportunities: Recreation and child care aides for support groups.

Main fund-raising event: The Great Key West Getaway a Latina

An evening of fun, great food, pina coladas, margaritas and dancing in dressy casual attire.

Date: Feb. 1, 2003

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Linda Larsen, Elaine Meshad and John Scalzi

Contact telephone: (941) 955-7017, ext. 225

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc.

A local alliance of families, community organizations and businesses committed to offering support and a variety of services to families and the community.

Executive director: Mary Smith

Address: P.O. Box 10707

Bradenton, FL 34282

Telephone: (941) 727-9905

Mission statement: Provide support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities and special needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Projects, fund-raising activities.

Main fund-raising event: Christmas wreaths and fruit sale

Fresh live Wisconsin Christmas wreaths, mini-trees and decorated baskets, and fresh Florida citrus delivered locally and shipped for the holidays.

Date: Orders are taken September and October.

Event chairperson: Nancy Marsh

Contact telephone: (941) 378-2295


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