The Charity Register Part 1

By saratemporary September 1, 2003


It takes more than non-profit status to make this list. We limit our register to not-for-profit organizations located in Sarasota (and those in surrounding counties that serve the Sarasota region) that offer vital community services and are funded by events that are open to the public. We’ve made every effort to include all groups that fit our criteria, and we hope you’ll bring any omissions to our attention so we may include them in our next edition. If you’d like a copy of our standards, or would like to make a comment or suggestion, please contact Pat Haire at SARASOTA Magazine, 601 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota 34236, or e-mail her at [email protected]

Agape Flights

Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistic 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—Features displays by cooperating ministries and praise reports from missionaries and short-term volunteers.

Date: January 2004

Location, Ticket Price and Event Chair: 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; teach prevention and intervention techniques and optimize the quality of life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Peer counseling, massage therapy, office, fund-raising, buddy and companion services.

Main Fund-raising Event: Red Ribbon AIDS Walk—Walk to raise HIV awareness and funds for support services.

Date: March 1, 2004

Location: Bayfront Park

Ticket Price: Donations and pledges accepted.

Event Chair: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Contact Telephone: (941) 954-6011

All Faiths Food Bank

Solicits, warehouses, processes and distributes food to non-profit agency partners offering hunger relief.

Executive Director: Daniel E. Dunn

Address: 717 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-6333

Web site:

Mission Statement: Feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community about the issues of hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Volunteer Opportunities: Sorters and events.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) McCurdy’s “Laughter Feeds the Soul, Food Feeds the Body”—Fund-raiser hosted by McCurdy’s Comedy Club.

2) Taste of Sarasota—Evening of sampling food and wine from numerous Sarasota restaurants, along with music, exercise and laughter.

3) Taste of the Nation— Evening of sampling food and wine from numerous Sarasota restaurants, along with music, exercise and laughter.


1) November 2003

2) April 2004

3) TBA

Locations and Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chairs:

1) Ann Darling, George Generosa, Les and Pam McCurdy

2) May Jang, Bob Kirshner, Chef Paul Mattison, Ann Andrews

3) TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 379-6333, Aundria Shooks

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 banquet and awards ceremony—Dinner with awards presented to national and local personalities in recognition of their contributions to ALSO and its mission.

Date: March 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: David Lopez, board president

Contact Telephone: (941) 951-2576

Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

As an area chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter addresses the educational and support needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a memory-related disorder.

Executive Director: Gloria J.T. Smith

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Mission Statement: Provide a support system for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through patient and family services, education, advocacy and research.

Volunteer Opportunities: Special events committees, support group facilitation, leadership council, office support and special projects.

Main Fund-raising Event: Memory Walk—Annual national walkathon.

Date: Oct. 18, 2003

Location: Lido Beach pavilion

Ticket Price: Free admission, participating walkers collect donations prior to walk.

Event Chair: Cindy Marino

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-8883

American Cancer Society-Sarasota Unit

Executive Director: Beth Ellen Holimon

Address: 1750 17th St., Suite A

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-2858

Web site:

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Cancer education, working with cancer patients, community organizing, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Relay for Life and Gala

2) Cattle Baron’s Ball


1) Spring 2004

2) April 3, 2004


1) Venice, North Port, Englewood

2) Sarasota Fairgrounds

Ticket Prices:

1) Free

2) $150/person

Event Chairs:

1) Varies by location

2) Jennie Compton

Contact Telephones:

1) (941) 497-4309

2) (941) 365-2858

American Cancer Society-South Sarasota Unit (Venice)

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: Cancer education, working with cancer patients, community organizing, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: Relay for Life and Gala—

Date: Spring 2004

Location: Venice, North Port, Englewood

Ticket Price: None

Event Chair: Varies by location

Contact Telephone: (941) 497-4309

American Heart Association

Executive Director: Terry Bentz

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: American Heart Walk

Date: Oct. 25, 2003

Location: Siesta Key Beach; G.T. Bray Park

Ticket Price: Pledge event

Event Chair: K.C. Cudney

Contact Telephone: (941) 927-4997

American Lung Association

Provides programs and services to fight lung disease in both children and adults.

Executive Director: Kimberly Titus

Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 100

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 377-5864

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote lung health and ultimately conquer lung disease through education, research and advocacy.

Volunteer Opportunities: Asthma education programs, tobacco-use prevention and fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: 02 Oxygen Ball/Celebrity Corporate Cup Weekend—Cocktail party with oxygen bars and concert; golf tournament with silent and live auctions.

Date: Oct. 24-26, 2003

Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Dr. Kirk and Chris Volker; Dr. Dean and Rachel Hautamaki; Ed Howard, Lincoln Mercury

Contact Telephone: (941) 377-LUNG (5864)

American Red Cross-Southwest Florida

Local chapter of the nationwide volunteer agency that helps individuals and families in need as a result of diasters.

Executive Director: TBA

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, as well as volunteer heroes and corporate community promoters.

Date: March 2004

Location, Ticket Price, Event Chair: TBA

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

American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.) Association IV North Chapter

Professional organization of interior designers and related industries.

Executive Director: Carol Field

Address: 7557 Tamiami Trail S.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 926-7794

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Promote professional development and education, increase public awareness of A.S.I.D., support community service, encourage and improve participation of membership while attracting new members.

Volunteer Opportunities: Showhouse and reception tour guides.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual A.S.I.D. Designer Showhouses—Member designers lend their talents to recreating a fabulous bayfront residence, then invite the general public to tour the home. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ringling School of Art and Design, University of Florida and the symphony.

Date: Jan. 17-Feb.15, 2004

Location: 8834 Fisherman’s Bay Drive

Ticket Price: $20/person

Contact Telephone (941) 926-7794

Andrew’s Toybox

Provides toys and books to children with serious or terminal illness.

Executive Directors: Rich and Mary Fimbel

Address: 6501 Gulf Drive N.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Telephone: (941) 779-0674

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide smiles to the faces of sick children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for volunteer opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Toy and book drives by churches, schools, organizations, companies and individuals.

Contact Telephone: (941) 779-0674

Animal Rescue Coalition

Advocacy group for adoptable animals and spay and neuter programs.

Executive Director: Mary Lee Richey

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209

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 program and mobile spay/neuter clinic.

Main Fund-raising Event: Gala 2004, Best in Show—An elegant evening of dinner and dancing.

Date: Jan. 24, 2004

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket Price: $250/person

Event Chairs: Koni Findlay and Charlie Ann Syprett, honorary chairs Penny Hill and Lee Barsky

Contact Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota’s oldest arts and cultural organization.

Executive Director: Lisa-Marie Confessore

Address: 707 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236-4050

Telephone: (941) 365-2032

Web site:

Mission Statement: Develop, promote and sustain a vital, thriving visual arts climate throughout the community and initiate support and enhance the arts in Sarasota through education and exhibition programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Greeters for receptions and exhibitions, youth and adult class monitors and reception desk greeter.

Arthritis Foundation/SW FL Chapter

Provides quality programs and services throughout the state, locally and nationally.

Executive Director: Anne Fair Forest

Address: 501 Village Green Parkway, Suite 5

Bradenton, FL 34209

Telephone: (941) 794-1400

E-mail: [email protected]

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Event help, clerical duties and committee help.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Arthritis Walk—Fund-raising 5K walk.

2) Jingle Bell Run—Fund-raising 5K run.


1) May 2004

2) December 2003


1) Bradenton

2) Sarasota

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Bridget Gennett

Contact Telephone: (941) 794-1400, ext. 227

Artists Helping Artists

Arts organization that exhibits contemporary works of art, develops programs for visual artists and the general public while assisting other artists with financial grants of $10,000 annually.

Executive Director: Suzette Cushman

Address: P.O. Box 15022

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 544-6557

Web site:

Mission Statement: Create a fertile and supportive environment for artists to thrive.

Volunteer Opportunities: Special events, board of directors, fund-raising and administrative duties.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Artists Helping Artists”—Exhibition and auction.

Date: March 2004

Location and Event Chair: TBA

Ticket Price: $50/person

Contact Telephone: (941) 544-6557

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 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 our artistic and educational programs.

Date: Jan. 17, 2004

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Prices: $275, $500 and $1,000/person

Event Chair: Scott George

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: Derick Fabien

Address: 1670 Fourth St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1886

Web site:

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionist, transportation, food pantry, furniture and clothing pickup, food shipping, food drive, fund-raising, education support groups, prayer advocates.

Main Fund-raising Event: Spring concert—Musical concert.

Date: March 2004

Location: Incarnation Parish Hall

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

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 2004—Participants bowl and collect pledges.

Date: February and March 2004

Location: Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton

Ticket Price and Event Chair: 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 Events:

1) Steak & Steak Dinner—Steak dinner.

2) Dick Vitale Sports Night— Evening of dinner and auction, presided over by sportscaster and Sarasota resident Dick Vitale.

3) Golf Challenge—Golf tournament.

Dates and Ticket Prices: TBA


1) TBA

2) TBA

3) Meadows Golf & Country Club

Event Chairs:

1) Vivienne Smith

2) John Perseo

3) Ken Dickie

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

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 Events:

1) Annual golf tournament—Golf tournament.

2) Spring Fling Music Fest—Music festival and silent auction.


1) October 2003

2) April 2004


1) TBA

2) Monk’s Steamer Bar & Grill

Ticket Prices:

1) TBA

2) Free

Event Chair: 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 13, 2004

Location: Cardinal Mooney High Selby Center

Ticket Price and Event Chair: 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—All proceeds go to the aid of the needy.

Date: Jan. 22, 2004

Location: Chelsea Center at St. Thomas More

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chairs: Maria DeSanto and Edith Barr Dunn

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.

Child Development Center

Provides prevention and early intervention services to young 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 young 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: December 2003

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chairs: Rita Steele, Mary Mapp, Scotty Hamilton

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

Child Protection Center Inc.

Works to prevent child abuse.

Executive Director: Ginna Downing, M.S., C.F.L.E.

Address: 1750 17th St., Building L

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-1277, ext. 117

Web site:

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, Ticket Price, Event Chair and Contact: TBA, but information is available at

Location: Venues throughout Sarasota

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 at (941) 953-3877 for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Children First Celebration—Series of events bringing attention to and support for very young children and families living in poverty.

Date: Feb. 15-22, 2003

Location: Events throughout Sarasota County

Ticket Price: $10-$100/person

Event Chair: Committee Chaired

Contact Telephone: (941) 953-3877, ext. 115 (Ken Sons)

The Children’s Guardian Fund

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, “Let the Season Begin,” auxiliary membership.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Let the Season Begin”—Display of creative table settings, luncheon, and creative holiday and fashion show.

Date: Nov. 24, 2003

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket Price: $65/person

Event Chair: Tish Fitzgerald

Contact Telephone: (941) 360-9207

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

Creates solutions and makes changes in the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs.

President and CEO: Peggy J. Connell

Address: 4405 DeSoto Road

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 355-8808

Web site:

Mission Statement: Empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.

Volunteer Opportunities: Selby pre-school, plant nursery, CHAC farm project, Treasure House thrift shop, administration, maintenance, occupational training program, Active Arts.

Main Fund-raising Event: Second Annual “Handi-capable Award & Celebration”—Annual event that showcases an individual with disabilities who has exemplified courage in their own life, as well as the lives of others.

Date: March 2004

Location: Lakewood Ranch

Ticket Price: $50/person

Event Chair: Marla Doss

Contact Telephone: (941) 355-8808, ext. 224

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 performance, 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: Jan. 16, 2004

Location: Under the Big Top at Tuttle and Ringling Avenues

Ticket Price: $125-$250/person; $800-$2,000/tables.

Event Chairs: Mary Ann Robinson, Janet Hunter and Pasquelina Peterson

Contact Telephone: (941) 371-6798

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Inc

Provides more than 50 substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, prevention, intervention and treatment programs.

Executive Director: Dr. Christine Cauffield

Address: 1565 State St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 927-8900

Web site:

Mission Statement: Offer affordable behavioral healthcare that exceeds customer expectation for quality, availability and satisfaction.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Dance Revue with Fred Astaire—Dance revue.

Date: Oct. 4, 2003

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: Corporate and individual sponsorships are available.

Event Chair: Dr. Chrissie Eisele

Contact Telephone: (941) 330-2920, ext. 103

Coastal Resources Foundation, Inc.

Raises funds for youth-oriented projects and gives grants to teachers for special projects about the environment, state and country.

Executive Director: R. Earl Warren

Address: 359 W. Dearborn St.

Englewood, FL 34295-1207

Telephone: (941) 474-7768

Email: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Help youth achieve their goals with grants and scholarships.

Volunteer Opportunities: Coordinate and run local events.

The College Fund (UNCF)

The nation’s oldest higher education assistance organization.

Executive Director: Beverly Marshall-Luney

Address: 1080 Woodstock Road, #280

Orlando, FL 32803

Telephone: (407) 896-6940

Web site:

Mission Statement: Enhance the quality of education for minority students by raising operating funds for the 39 member colleges and universities and provide scholarships for deserving young men and women.

Main Fund-raising Event: UNCF 20th Annual Dinner—Dinner celebrating higher education scholarships.

Date: February 2004

Location: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium

Ticket Price: $75/person, $1,000/table

Event Chair: Cynthia Newell

Contact Telephone: (407) 896-6940

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: October 2003

Location: The Chelsea Center

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: Stephen Sieg

Contact Telephone: (941) 925-9060

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Community Foundation is a public charity that matches donors’ charitable interests with needs in the community by giving grants and scholarships. It encourages individuals to create permanent funds that are good forever. Volunteers may help in the office with mailings and special events.

As of June 1, 2002:

Assets: $72 million

Total grants: $5.3 million plus $369,400 in scholarships

Number of grants: 597

Range of grants: $250-$100,000

Average grant size: $12,500

President and CEO: Stewart W. Stearns

P.O. Box 49587

Sarasota, FL 34230-6587

(941) 955-3000

The Community Music School of Southwest Florida

Individual and group music instruction in all instruments and voice. More than half the school’s students are on scholarship or are in no-fee group programs.

Executive Director: Mary C. Geldi

Address: 2329 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 953-4410

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide individual and group music instruction to anyone who wants to learn, regardless of age, experience or ability to play.

Volunteer Opportunities: Teaching, office, fund-raising, events, program assistance, newsletter, publicity, grant writing, Board of Trustees and community advisory board.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Stravinsky in Sarasota”—New, national competition for students of community music schools, where up to 10 finalists will be chosen to perform for a student audience and at a gala.

Date: Feb. 23, 2004

Location, Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 953-4410

Community Video Archives (CVA)

Produces a living (video) history of the Sarasota community and its outstanding people.

President: 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: TBA

Location: Michael’s On East

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

Event Chair: Roberta Hamilton

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-7052

Community Youth Development Project

Identifies needs of teens and develops 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: Improve 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, museum collections and exhibits, building restoration.

Main Fund-raising Event: Starry Nite—Gourmet dinner and silent auction with amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.

Date: January 2004

Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 322-1000

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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

Executive Director: Betsy K. Ilges

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 Events:

1) Black & White Ball “Unmasked”—Black-Tie gala.

2) Gettel Mitsubishi Charity Golf Classic—Golf tournament.


1) Oct. 11, 2003

2) Nov. 2, 2003


1) Michael’s On East

2) Laurel Oak Country Club

Ticket Prices:

1) $200/person

2) $150/person

Event Chairs:

1) Sarah Morgan, Phillip and Kim Mancini

2) Jim Gettel

Contact Telephones:

1) (941) 379-8992

2) (941) 952-5836

D.A.S.H., Inc.

Housing for domestic abuse victims.

Executive Director: Donna M. Leclerc

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.

Main Fund-raising Event: Yard sale—Sale of all donated items, furniture and small items.

Date, Location, Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 475-8722

Dattoli Cancer Foundation

Fund-raising organization for cancer research.

Executive Director: Don Kaltenbach

Address: 2803 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: Toll-free (800) 915-1001

Web site:

Mission Statement: Raise awareness of prostate cancer and the need for early and annual screening, provide information and support to newly diagnosed patients, foster research into better diagnostic tools and treatment options.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

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: 14th Annual Walk-A-Thon—A 5-mile walk with participants encouraged to collect pledges of $20 or more.

Date: Feb. 7, 2004

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: Minimum $20 (pledges)

Event Chair: Donna Carlton

Contact Telephone: (941) 921-5447

Dreams are Free Institute

K-12 school for students with special learning needs, teacher education and research center, parent and community resource center.

Executive Director: Sister M. Gilchrist Cottrill

Address: P.O. Box 50755

Sarasota, FL 34232-0306

Telephone: (941) 366-4010

Web site:

Mission Statement: Help all children reach their full potential intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Rumba, Salsa and All That Jazz—Silent and live auction, live music, dinner and professional dancing performance.

Date: March 16, 2004

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Melba Jimenez

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-4010, ext. 1

Easter Seals Southwest Florida, Inc.

Provide 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 through high-quality therapeutic, educational and support services for children, adults and families.

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

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Meadows Cup Charity Golf Classic—Golf tournament.

2) “Walk With Me”—Walk-a-thon.


1) May 2004

2) August 2004


1) Meadows County Club

2) DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton and Sarasota Square Mall in Sarasota

Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chair: Carrie Rasmussen

Contact Telephone: (941) 355-7637, ext. 411

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

Foundation that links the community and school district, raises funds, and provides educational opportunities for public school children.

Executive Director: Dorothy B. Stuart

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd., Suite 326

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-0965

Web site:

Mission Statement: Support, promote and provide opportunities for educational excellence for all students in Sarasota County public schools.

Volunteer Opportunities: Grant readers, science fair judges, scholarship selections and event fund-raiser committees.

Main Fund-raising Event: Evening of Excellence—Elegant dinner and spirited student art auction showccasing outstanding student art.

Date: Feb, 27, 2004

Locations: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $175-$300/person

Event Chair: Cindy Kaiser

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: P.O. Box 791/700 E. Dearborn St.

Englewood, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 474-5864

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide short-term emergency service to Englewood residents.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are scheduled through their churches.

Main Fund-raising Event: Englewood Crop Walk—5-mile walk where sponsors pledge funds.

Date: February 2004

Location: Community Presbyterian Church

Event Chair: Maxine Brunner

Contact Telephone: (941) 697-5032

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. 303

Mission Statement: Prevent and control epilepsy, and assist clients and their families to overcome problems associated with this disorder so they can achieve maximum potential, independence and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities: Limited; 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

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Encourage those children who live in Sarasota’s five housing projects to stay in school by providing necessary school supplies.

Volunteer Opportunities: Donations of school supplies, new books, holiday gifts. Distribution of school supplies and holiday gifts.

Main Fund-raising Event: Summer mailing in order to raise funds for major Back to School event in August. Donations accepted year-round. 

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: Dinner—Dining at a quality restaurant with all proceeds going to FACE.

Date, Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chairs: Bernice Bergen with co-chairs

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-9250

Family Counseling Center of Sarasota County, Inc.

A community-based organization working to strengthen and support families since 1964.

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: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party—Family event held under Selby Gardens’ banyan trees, fashion show, children’s activities, lunch and auctions.

Date: Feb. 8, 2004

Location: Selby Gardens

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Lisa Meshad

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 children with special needs and disabilities and the community at large.

Executive Director: Mary Smith

Address: P.O. Box 10707

Bradenton, FL 34282

Telephone: (941) 358-0275

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Annual disability conference workshops, special projects and fund-raising events.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Annual Disability Conference—Conference on latest developments in disabilities. 

2) Spa and Salon Package Gift Certificate—Gift package from John Carl Spa valued at $75. 

3) Christmas Wreath Sale—Fresh live Wisconsin Christmas wreaths, mini trees and decorated baskets, and fresh Florida citrus delivered locally and shipped for the holidays.


1) February 2004

2) April, May, June 2004

3) August and September 2003

Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chairs: Nancy Marsh or Mary Smith

Contact Telephone: (941) 378-2295 or (941) 358-0275

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc.

Arts organization.

Co-presidents: Dorothy E. Thomas and Barbara Sanandres

Address: P.O. Box 1432

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 330-0680

Web site:

Mission Statement: Support the arts in Sarasota.

Volunteer Opportunities: Backstage and art tours at Van Wezel.

Main Fund-raising Event: The Creators and Collectors’ Tour—Two-day tour of artists’ and art collectors’ homes and studios.

Date: March 2004

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: $17

Event Chair: Jan Berk

Contact Telephone: (941) 966-1366

First Step of Sarasota, Inc.

A comprehensive center for alcohol and drug rehabilitation serving adolescents and adults since 1968.

Executive Director: David Beesley

Address: 1970 Main St., Fifth Floor

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5333

Web site:

Mission Statement: Prevent and treat alcohol/drug addictions and associated disorders to promote fully functioning, productive individuals whose lives are positive.

Volunteer Opportunities: Infant caregivers, clerical, housekeeping, maintenance, committee members, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: First Step Golf Tournament

Date: April 19, 2004

Location: Prestancia Country Club

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chairs: Gail Sack and Lynne Ross

Contact Telephone: (941) 552-2470

Florida Restaurant Association (FRA), Sarasota Chapter

Association of restaurants that donate their time and resources to a variety of charity programs.

Sarasota Chapter Director: Don McGee

Address: 1780 N. Honore Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 925-8841

Web site:

Mission Statement: Foster goodwill in the community, encourage fraternal spirit and promote the restaurant/food service industry.

Volunteer Opportunities: Special event involvement.

Main Fund-Raising Event: A Taste of Sarasota—Benefit showcasing restaurants from around the city presenting samples of their cuisine.

Date: Nov. 9, 2003

Location: Phillippi Estate

Ticket Price: $5/adults, children under 12 free

Event Chair: May Jang

Contact Telephone: (941) 320-3775

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Residential program to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness.

Program Director: Marvin Glover

Address: 751 Rye Wilderness Road

Bradenton, FL 34212

Telephone: (941) 776-1777

Web site:

Mission Statement: Prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities.

Florida Studio Theatre, Inc.

A professional theater that presents the finest in contemporary American theater.

Executive Director: Richard Hopkins

Address: 1241 N. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-9017

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide the best in contemporary theater by presenting plays that speak to a living, evolving, dynamic, changing world.

Volunteer Opportunities: Parking concierge, ushering, administration and production.

Main Fund-raising Event: Row Party—A special black-tie gala event celebrating the opening of FST’s Winter Mainstage Season.

Date, Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Anne Folsom Smith

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-9017

Florida West Coast Symphony

Symphony orchestra.

Executive Director: Joseph McKenna

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4252

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote chamber and symphonic music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based educational programs of the highest quality, and making both available to the broadest possible constituency.

Volunteer Opportunities: Ushering, assist in music library, assist receptionist.

Main Fund-raising Event: Opening Night Gala—Celebrates the 55th Florida West Coast Symphony season with pre-concert cocktail reception and gala formal dinner.

Date: Nov. 8, 2003

Location, Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 953-4252, ext. 25



Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc.

A premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children’s programs and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Its main event is an auction, held in April on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Volunteers should call for opportunities.

Total grants: $250,000 to $400,000

Number of grants: 19-25

Range of grants: $2,000 to $50,000

Average grant size: $13,157

President: Sandy W. Loevner

P.O. Box 4193

Sarasota, FL 34230-4193

(941) 952-1109

Forty Carrots Family Center

Parenting center, outreach parenting education program, accredited preschool and professional training facility.

Executive Directors: Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss

Address: 1500 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7716

Web site:

Mission Statement: Strengthen families through educational programs for children, their parents and professionals in the field.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mass mailings, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: Carrotcakes 2004—Dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions.

Date: March 19, 2004

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Beth McGregor

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-7716

Foundation for Dreams

Funds and provides therapeutic and recreational programs to individuals with special needs; programs include Dream Oaks Camp, adaptive sport clinics and respite services for parents and families.

Director of Development: Amanda Fisher Delp

Address: 2620 Manatee Ave., W., #D

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 748-8809

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide services, therapeutic and recreational, for children and families with special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.

Main Fund-raising Event: Golf tournament and pairing party—Celebrity golf tournament with a pairing party and silent auction the night before.

Date: March 2004

Location: Bradenton Country Club

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Jim Brand

Contact Telephone: (941) 748-8809

The Foundation for Manatee Community College, Inc.

Provides financial education assistance for students.

Executive Director: Peg Lowery


1) 5840 26th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 752-5390

2) 8000 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 408-1418

Web site:

Mission Statement: Secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for Manatee Community College.

Volunteer Opportunities: Special events committee, scholarship committee, Legacy Society and investment committee.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Annual executive luncheon—Luncheon with highlighted guest speaker.

2) Annual masquerade ball—Costume ball.

3) Evening Under the Stars—Evening outdoors accompanied by the sound of the symphony.

4) Evening Under the Stars—Evening outdoors accompanied by the sound of the symphony.


1) Nov. 11, 2003

2) Feb. 28, 2004

3) April 2004

4) May 2004


1) Michael’s On East

2) Hyatt Sarasota

3) MCC-South Campus

4) Lakewood Ranch

Ticket Prices:

1) TBA

2) $75/person

3) $15/in advance, $20 at the gate

4) $15/in advance, $20 at the gate

Event Chairs: TBA

Contact Telephones: (941) 752-5390 or (941) 408-1418

Friends of the Selby Library, Inc.

Fund-raising and volunteer support for the Selby Public Library.

Administrative Coordinator: Marianne Cowger

Address: P.O. Box 2255

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 365-5228

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Support and coordinate with the Selby Public Library and the community in the development of services by raising funds, provide a volunteer base to assist library staff and advocate the use and growth of library services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Book store/gift shop, circulation, media, reference and youth.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sarasota Reading Festival co-sponsorship—Annual event downtown with booksellers, book signings and author panel discussions.

Date: Nov. 1, 2003

Location: Five Points Park

Ticket Price: Most events free to public.

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-5228


Hands-on learning center for science and technology.

Interim director: Richard G. Sheldon

Address: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 309-4949

Web site:

Mission Statement: Make science relevant, technology understandable, and learning an interactive adventure for people of all ages.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Butterfly Ball—Black-tie event, dinner, dancing and auction.

Date: March 13, 2004

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 309-4949, ext. 102, Donna Wolski

Gifts From God of Sarasota, Inc.

Organization that provides basic need practical assistance to Sarasota County poor and homeless, including food, clothing, furniture, donated automobiles and emergency finances.

Executive Director: Michael Butterfield

Address: P.O. Box 1300

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 485-4707

Web site:

Mission Statement: Reach the needy for Christ.

Volunteer Opportunities: Serve meals to the poor and homeless every Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Main Fund-raising Event: Heavenly Celebration Dinner—Dinner gala.

Date, Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Joy Smith

Contact Telephone: (941) 485-4707

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast FL, Inc.

Designed to meet the needs and interests of girls ages five to 17 and help them reach their full potential in a supportive, all-girl environment.

Executive Director: Sandi Stewart

Address: 2909 Olympic St.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 921-5358

Web site:

Mission Statement: Inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.

Volunteer Opportunities: Leaders, mentors, event directors, trainers and workshop coordinator, consultants, fund-raisers, drivers and speakers.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Girl Scout Benefit Golf Tournament—Four-person scramble. Singles and twosomes, men’s, ladies’ and mixed.

2) Girl Scout Cookie-Off—The area’s top chefs create a dessert using Girl Scout cookies.


1) May 15, 2004

2) Feb. 15, 2004


1) El Conquistador Country Club

2) Michael’s On East

Ticket Prices:

1) $100/player

2) By invitation only

Event Chairs:

1) Emily Lane

2) Kathy Carol

Contact Telephone: (941) 921-5358, ext. 253

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Operates programs uniquely designed for girls aged 6-16 to foster self-respect and self-determination, to nurture their ability and interest in math, science and technology as well as to build their athletic skills and competitive spirit.

Executive Director: Stephania Feltz

Address: 201 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-6646

Mission Statement: Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring, sports, program facilitation, reading and storytelling.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Celebration luncheon—Annual award luncheon honoring three outstanding women with the “She Knows Where She Is Going” award, and one exemplary visionary leader with a “Visionary Award.”

2) Dream Builders Society Luncheon—Luncheon showcasing success stories and highlighting program areas.


1) February 2004

2) TBA

Locations, Ticket Prices, and Event Chairs: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-6646, ext 207

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

A 13-building complex housing 17 non-profit social agencies that provide affordable and accessible preventative and treatment services to low-income individuals, children and families.

Chairman of the Board: Kay Glasser

Address: 1750 17th St., Building J-1

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-4545

Web site:

Mission Statement: Facilitate efficient delivery and accessibility of health and human services to disadvantaged people and enhance the quality of case management through agency intercommunication and interaction in a convenient centralized location; maximize the resources of health and human services agencies by minimizing operational costs; and contribute to the quality of life of the Sarasota community by helping individuals achieve productive lives.

Main Fund-raising Events: Frequent tours of the facility and dedicatory recognition celebrations to create awareness of the center and promote support for the Dr. Kay E. Glasser Endowment Fund.

Goodwill Foundation

Part of a 100-year-old organization that serves Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties.

President: Zoltan Karpathy

Address: 8490 N. Lockwood Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 955-4483

Web site:

Mission Statement: Turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Goodwill Gala—Casual, fun and interactive evening when prominent artists and community members actually create a work of art during the gala using items donated to Goodwill.

Date: March 12, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chairs: Mary Ann and Robbie Robinson

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-4483

Great Kids!, Inc.

Youth development center.

Executive Director: Jerry Prince

Address: 2674 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 951-2674

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Offer nutritious meals, quality child care services and enrichment programs in a secure environment to at-risk pre-school and school-age children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Teaching, meal preparation, office.

Main Fund-raising Event: Holiday Auto Surprise—Car with estimated value between $6,000 and $8,000 awarded by raffle.

Date: Dec. 25, 2003

Location and Event Chair: TBA

Ticket Price: $1-$2/ticket

Contact Telephone: (941) 953-2211

The Great Outdoors Conservancy

Purchases land for conservation and recreation.

President: Bill LaMee

Address: 4311 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 210

Bradenton, FL 34209

Telephone: (941) 708-3456

Web site:

Mission Statement: Conserve wild, natural open and scenic land for the recreational enjoyment of present and future generations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office administration, database management, development and fund-raising, grant research and writing, land stewardship.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Conservation Celebration—Annual banquet, automobile raffle and auction.  

2) Oktoberfest Suncoast—Bavarian folk festival.


1) January 2004

2) Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2003


1) Bradenton Municipal Auditorium

2) Manatee and Sarasota Fairgrounds

Ticket Prices:

1) $150/person

2) $5/person

Event Chairs:

1) Jeff and Helen King

2) Mark and Marianne Barnebey

Contact Telephone: (941) 708-3456

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

Organization that promotes instructional and competitive junior golf for all girls and boys aged 7-18. Provides financial assistance.

Executive Director: Judy Christman

Address: P.O. Box 1665

Venice, FL 34284-1665

Telephone: (941) 366-0445

Web site:

Mission Statement: Introduce juniors to the world of golf.

Volunteer Opportunities: Instruction, registration, scorekeeping.

Main Fund-raising Event: The Legends Golf Tournament—Afternoon golf tournament preceded by an evening of cocktails, dinner, silent auction and live music.

Date: Oct. 25, 2003

Location: Laurel Oak Country Club

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chair: Lisa Wright

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-0445

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

With $147 million in assets, this foundation is the largest community foundation in Florida, using its resources to identify and respond to community needs and opportunities. It serves donors who wish to create a legacy in the community. Volunteer opportunities exist in screening grant and scholarship applications.

As of June 30, 2002:

Assets: $147 million

Total grants: $4.7 million

Number of grants: 128

Range of grants: $250 to $984,000

Average grant size: $33,000

President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen

601 Tamiami Trail S.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 486-4600

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

Organization dedicated to the cure of diabetes and its related complications.

President: Eva Martin

Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 957-5099

Mission Statement: Assist, individually or collectively, persons on the Gulf Coast of Florida afflicted with diabetes by providing financial aid for supplies, services, information and research.

Volunteer Opportunities: Board members.

Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc.

A 30-acre archaeological, environmental and historic site, known as Historic Spanish Point, located on Little Sarasota Bay.

Executive Director: Linda W. Mansperger

Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trail

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 966-5214

Web site:

Mission Statement: Operate Historic Spanish Point to connect people with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida.

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents, tour guides, store clerks, receptionists and gardeners.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Preservation Gala 2003—A casual fun evening event that raises funds for quality education and preservation programs.

2) Spring Luncheon—Luncheon.


1) April 2003

2) Feb. 4, 2004


1) Historic Spanish Point

2) TBA

Ticket Prices:

1) $125/member, $150/non-member

2) $60/member, $75/non-member

Event Chairs:

1) TBA

2) Coni Craig

Contact Telephone: (941) 966-5214, ext. 250 Dianne Prairie

Gulf Coast Legal Services, Inc.

Provides free legal assistance to the poor and the elderly. Since 1979, GLS has served more than 125,000 clients in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Executive Director: John Cunningham

Address: 1750 17th St., Unit 1

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 366-1746

Mission Statement: Provide high-quality legal services to protect personal safety and to establish, advance and protect the rights and interests of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance.

Main Fund-raising Event: Direct mail campaign twice yearly; 25th anniversary event to be announced.

Gulf Coast Marine Institute-North

Program contributing to public safety and providing economic and social benefits to the community.

Executive Director: Edwin L. Jones

Address: 301 Seventh St. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

Telephone: (941) 741-3102

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Help troubled youth in our community develop into responsible citizens with programs that stress discipline, personal motivation, job skills and education.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: GCMI car raffle—Winner receives a new Volkswagen Beetle.

Date: May 2004

Ticket Price: $100/ticket

Event Chair: Debbie Hall

Contact Telephone: (941) 741-3102

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc.

Builds homes for qualified, low-income families.

Administrative Coordinator: Randy B. Long

Address: 2067 Constitution Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 923-4300

Mission Statement: Build safe, decent, affordable homes for families in need.

Volunteer Opportunities: Construction, office, committees, administrative and family partnership, home storage outlet.

Main Fund-raising Event: Year-end appeal and small special events.

Habitat for Humanity Venice Area, Inc.

Builds homes for qualified, low-income families.

Administrative Director: Nancy Buscher

Address: 243 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 486-8258

Web site:

Mission Statement: Eliminate sub-standard housing in south Sarasota County.

Volunteer Opportunities: Construction, office assistance, family selection, nurture communities, church liaison, site selection, newsletter, speakers’ bureau.

Main Fund-raising Event: Ongoing grants and donations.

Contact Telephone: (941) 497-4262, Ellen Hillstrom

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

Public-private partnership of agencies and individuals dedicated to improved pregnancy outcomes and the optimum growth and development of young children.

Executive Director: Sarah Gorman

Address: 1750 17th St., Building M

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 373-7070

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote and protect prenatal and infant health.

Volunteer Opportunities: Coalition and executive board membership, participation in design and implementation of intitiatives to reduce fetal and infant deaths.

Main Fund-raising Event: Pre-Thanksgiving Walk—Beach walk to raise funds for emergency transportation for Healthy Start clients to access medical care and other services.

Date: Nov. 23, 2003

Location: Siesta Beach

Ticket Price: $8/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 373-7070

Hospice of Southwest Florida

Independent organization serving patients with life-limiting illness in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

President and CEO: Marge Maisto

Address: 5955 Rand Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 923-5822

Web site:

Mission Statement: Total support system for patients and families dealing with a life-limiting illness, providing the highest level of care.

Volunteer Opportunities: Patient care, office, Hospice House, cooking, gardening.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Pathways of the Heart”—Unique gifting opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones while supporting your local hospice.

Date: Ongoing

Location: Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota, Venice and Port Charlotte

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Georganna Elliott

Contact Telephone: (941) 929-2302

The Hospital Foundation

Fund-raising arm of the Bon Secours Venice Healthcare Group.

Executive Director: Debra Hunt

Address: 540 The Rialto

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 483-7557

Mission Statement: Provide a focused avenue for community support of the Bon Secours Venice Hospital through the development of financial support.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Hospital Ball—Benefit for the Venice healthcare system.

Date: Spring 2004, TBA

Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chairs: Gilly Francis, Christine Griffith, Angie Edbrooke

Contact Telephone: (941) 483-7557

Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc.

Provides care, shelter and love to thousands of animals annually since 1952. In addition to pet adoption, it offers education, pet therapy, children’s programs, dog obedience training and low-cost spaying and neutering.

Executive Director: Deborah Robbins Millman, APR

Address: 2331 15th St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-4131

Web site:

Mission Statement: Prevent cruelty, suffering and overpopulation of animals through education, housing and financial support.

Volunteer Opportunities: Matchmaking, cat cuddling, dog walking, pet therapy, special events, off-site adoption, administration.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Hot Dogs and Cool Cats—Gala featuring live and silent auctions and a people and pets fashion show. 

2) Pat Schlesinger-Lonsdale Invitational Golf Tournament—Golf tournament with pre- and post parties.


1) Spring 2004

2) Nov. 14-15, 2003


1) TBA

2) Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Ticket Prices:

1) TBA

2) $185 for golf and parties; $75 for “Party with Pat”

Event Chairs:

1) TBA

2) Pat Schlesinger-Lonsdale, honorary chair; Rob Lonsdale and Jan Oppenheimer, co-chairs

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-4131

Island Village Montessori School

The area’s only private charter school offering free Montessori education.

Executive Director: Kym Elder

Address: 2001 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34275

Telephone: (941) 484-4999

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide high-quality Montessori education to elementary students.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reading tutors, surrogate grandparent program, community partners.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Jog-A-Thon

2) Spring Social—Silent auction, family dance.


1) February 2004

2) March 2004

Location and Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chair: Kim Reschethaler

Contact Telephone: (941) 484-4999

J.H. Floyd Sunshine Manor, Inc.

Skilled nursing center, rehabilitation clinic, independent living center and assisted living facility.

Executive Director: Dewayne Harvey

Address: 1755 18th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-4915

Mission Statement: Meet the healthcare and housing needs of elderly residents while providing an environment that encourages independence and self-worth.

Volunteer Opportunities: Activities department, dietary, housekeeping.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet—Banquet honoring employees and community members who make significant contributions to the facility.

Date: May 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $60/person

Event Chairs: Dewayne Harvey and Lori Fordham

Contact Telephone: (941) 906-9217

Jazz Club of Sarasota

Provides jazz music to the community.

Vice President: Bob Gaines

Address: 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1552

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote, perform and preserve jazz.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sarasota Jazz Festival—Indoor and outdoor jazz events, some free to public.

Date: March 21-28, 2004

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket Price: Free-$40/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-1552

Jewish Family & Children’s Services

Community center.

President and CEO: Rose Chapman

Address: 2688 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-2224

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide high-quality mental health and social services to enhance the lives of families and individuals of all races, creeds and religions in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Volunteer Opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, community re-sale warehouse, office and clerical. Call Caroline Zucker at 366-2224 for information.

Main Fund-raising Event: Tribute Dinner

Date: March 14, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-2224

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Home to three spectacular attractions, including the internationally recognized Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion and the Circus Museum.

Executive Director: Dr. John Wetenhall

Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-5700 or 351-1660

Web site:

Mission Statement: Preserve, develop and enhance the legacy of John and Mable Ringling and engage and educate a large and diverse audience in a world-renowned collection of art, the Ringlings’ mansion and its historic contents, collections documenting the circus and its history, the historic Asolo Theater and the historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Volunteer Opportunities: Complex-wide for info desk, special events, clerical, or tram driving on the grounds.

Main Fund-raising Event: UnGala Gala—Black-tie gala event.

Date: Oct.18, 2003

Location: Ringling Museum

Ticket Price: $225/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-5733

Junior Achievement

Educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economies to improve the quality of their lives.

Executive Director: Maria Hussey

Address: 405 26th Ave. W., Suite A

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 749-5301

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system.

Volunteer Opportunities: Teachers, grades K-12.

Main Fund-raising Event: Bowl-A-Thon—Bowling tournament.

Date: September 2003

Location: Sarasota Lanes

Ticket Price: Donations only

Event Chair: John Compton

Contact Telephone: (941) 749-5301



Junior League

For 45 years, the league has been committed to service and volunteer training. Membership is open to all women. Numerous community service projects are completed throughout the year and current initiatives include school literacy, transitional housing and helping the homeless. The main fund-raising events are Holiday Tour of Homes, Tinsel and Treasures Gift Mart and the Barely Blemished Rummage sale. Call for volunteer opportunities.

Total grants: $8,500

Number of grants: 7

Range of grants: $500-$2,500

Average grant size: $1,200

President: Cheryl Burstein

3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 3

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 953-5600

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The world’s leading non-governmental funder of diabetes research.

Branch Manager: Sara Rankin

Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 160

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-0621

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Volunteer Opportunities: “Walk to Cure Diabetes,” community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fund-raisers.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Walk to Cure Diabetes”—Annual 5K walk on Siesta Key Beach that attracts more than 2,500 participants.

Date: March 2004

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket Price: Free; walkers receive pledges to walk

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 929-0621

La Musica Di Asolo, Inc. DBA La Musica

International chamber music festival.

Executive Director: Sally R. Faron

Address: P.O. Box 5442

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 346-2601

Web site:

Mission Statement: Bring the finest musicians from Europe and the Americas to perform chamber works, both familiar and seldom-heard, to transmit the joy of performance.

Volunteer Opportunities: Box office, supervise rehearsals, mailings, computer work.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sonata a Due—Good music, good food and good company. An evening that starts with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by music recital and dinner.

Date: Dec. 8, 2003

Location: Charles Ringling House

Ticket Price:  $125-$175/person

Event Chair: Rachele Rivolta, Sally Islan and Janet Hunter

Contact Telephone: (941) 346-1795

Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.

Provides free legal services to Sarasota and Manatee County residents using local attorneys who volunteer their time and services.

Executive Director: Linda Harradine

Address: 1900 Main St., Suite 302

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-0038

Mission Statement: Provide free legal services to income-qualified residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties and educate the public on legal rights and responsibilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mainly attorneys, but also some basic office work and volunteers for special projects.

Lemon Bay Conservancy, Inc.

Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community.

Executive Director: N. Perry Cook

Address: P.O. Box 508

Englewood, FL 34295

Telephone: (941) 475-9021

Web site:

Mission Statement: Forever protect the well-being of Lemon Bay.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fund-raising and preservation promotion.

Main Fund-raising Event: Winter Gala—Dinner, dance, and live and silent auction.

Date, Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Gail Giles

Contact Telephone: (941) 475-9021

The Life of Riley Foundation

Support and fund-raising group that supports the cure of pediatric brain tumors and supports families of children with brain tumors.

Executive Director: Kelly R.A. Saba

Address: 2121 Main St., Suite A

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 923-3093

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote awareness about pediatric brain tumors, raise money for a cure and provide support to and a voice for families who children live with these tumors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Riley’s Royal Gala—Sarasota’s first black-tie gala for children (grades preK-5) and their parents and/or grandparents. 

2) Beach Run/Walk—5K run or 1-mile fun run/walk.


1) May 8, 2004

2) May 29, 2004


1) Michael’s On East

2) Siesta Key Beach

Ticket Prices:

1) $65/children, $85/adult

2) $15/adult, $10/child

Event Chairs:

1) Kelly R.A. Saba

2) Kelly G. Saba

Contact Telephones:

1) (941) 923-3093

2) (941) 923-3093

Literacy Council of Sarasota, Inc.

Free private instruction in reading and learning English as a second language.

Board President: W. David McShane

Address: 1750 17th St., Building H

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-0421

Mission Statement: Provide free private instruction to adults in English-as-a-second-language and basic literacy skills to empower them to become more productive members of the communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tutors, computer lab monitors, interviewers, data entry, special events, volunteer coordinators and project leader, grant writers.

Main Fund-raising Event: Spell-a-Bration—Adult spelling bee where executives compete.

Date: February 2004

Location and Event Chair: TBA

Ticket Price: Team sponsors

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-0421, Roselyn Leon

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Offers art classes and hosts art exhibitions.

Managing Director: Maggie Noble

Address: 6860 Longboat Drive S.

Longboat Key, FL 34228

Telephone: (941) 383-2345

Web site:

Mission Statement: Enhance and enrich the cultural life of Longboat Key and neighboring communities by providing art classes, exhibitions and performing arts.

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents, gallery sitters, events committees, exhibit committees

Main Fund-raising Event: “They Make a Difference”—Benefit dinner to recognize individuals who have made a significant civic contribution.

Date: February 2004

Location: Longboat Key Club

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Edina Jennison

Contact Telephone: (941) 383-2345

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida, Inc.

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care to those living with ALS in Sarasota.

Executive Director: Vicki Watkins

Address: P.O. Box 11104

Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 955-4771

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families, and assist researchers in finding a cure for this disease.

Volunteer Opportunities: Patient coordination and services, support group facilitation, fund-raising, administration, support and equipment inventory.

Main Fund-raising Event: Golf tournaments throughout the year.

Dates, Locations and Ticket Prices: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-4771

Loveland Center, Inc.

Provides adult day training, supported living, job coaching and community volunteer opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.

Executive Director: Carl Penxa Jr.

Address: 157 S. Havana Road

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 493-0016

Mission Statement: Help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

Volunteer Opportunities: Lovelanders Volunteer Group—volunteers who provide events and special projects.

Main Fund-raising Event: Jacaranda West Golf Tournament—Women’s and men’s golf tournament.

Date: March/April 2004

Location: Jacaranda West Country Club

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Steve Davis

Contact Telephone: (941) 493-2664

Lutheran Services Florida

Guardianship programs.

Executive Director: James A. Wells

Address: P.O. Box 848

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 358-6330

Mission Statement: Protect incapacitated individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation while ensuring they live their lives with dignity and respect.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sunset Silent Auction—Fun, casual evening with live entertainment, raffle, food and drinks.

Date: Sept. 20, 2003

Location: The Chelsea Center

Ticket Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Event Chairs: Carmen Scoma and Mary Sander

Contact Telephone: (941) 358-6330

Make a Wish Foundation of Sarasota Tampa Bay

Grants wishes to children with life-threatening illness.

Executive Director: Vee C. Yerrid

Address: 5033 W. Laurel St., Suite 110

Tampa, FL 33607

Telephone: (813) 288-2600

Web site:

Mission Statement: Grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Volunteer Opportunities: Wish-granting, fund-raising, speakers’ bureau.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sarasota Tennis Tournament—Tennis tournament.

Date: May 2, 2003

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket Price: $40-$100/person

Event Chair: Joanne Bloom

Contact Telephone: (941) 926-9474

Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind

Provides specialized services for the visually impaired.

Executive Director: Janice T. Felski

Address: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-1404

Mission Statement: Promote the individual growth and dignity of visually impaired and blind adults and children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Drivers for client classes.

Main Fund-raising Event: Dr. James Morrish Sr. Memorial Golf Challenge—18-hole golf competition in memory of former client and board member, Dr. James Morrish Sr.

Date: Sept. 13, 2003

Location: Bradenton Country Club

Ticket Price: $125 per player

Event Chair: David Cruikshank

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-1404

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC)

Provides day, residential and employment services at locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills.

CEO: Ivan Canuteson

Address: 3659 Cortez Road W.

Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 752-2976

Web site:

Mission Statement: Enhance the dignity and independence of adults with disabilities, enabling them to choose and realize their goals through participating in community-based opportunities and individualized programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Family support groups, clerical assistance, committees of the board, programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.

Main Fund-raising Event: Celebration dinner and silent auction.

Date: April 29, 2004

Location: El Conquistador Country Club

Ticket Price: $50-$75/person

Event Chair: Barbara Lombardo

Contact Telephone: (941) 752-2976

Manasota Solve, Inc.

Provides maternity housing and services in a drug-free atmosphere where productive use of their time is encouraged by continuing their education, working or volunteering.

Executive Director: Donna Vellenga


1) 1509 Eighth Ave., W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 748-0094

2) 5125 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-9288

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide a home for pregnant women of any race and age who wish to preserve the lives of their unborn children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mentors, transportation, fund-raisers, lawn service, answer phones, sort baby clothes. At Bradenton location, housing.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Golf Tournament—Four-person scramble, men and mixed.

2) Poinsettia sales

3) Carnation Sale

4) Classic Car Show

5) Paul Todd Concert


1) TBA

2) Holidays

3) Mother’s Day

4) October 2003

5) TBA


1) TBA

2) TBA

3) TBA

4) Gamble Mansion

5) TBA

Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chair: Curtis Vallenga

Contact Telephone: (941) 748-0094

Manatee Glens

The area’s oldest and largest provider of mental health services and addiction treatment services.

Executive Director: Mary Ruiz

Address: 391 Sixth Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 741-3111

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote a healthier community through the delivery and support of quality mental health and addiction services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call Gloria Barsalou at 741-3131 for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: “A Special Event”—Renowned speaker, dinner and silent auction.

Date: March 13, 2004

Location: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Committee Chaired

Contact Telephone: (941) 741-3111

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A world center for research, education and display of epiphytes, primarily orchids and bromeliads.

President and CEO: Dr. Meg Lowman

Address: 811 S. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5731

Web site:

Mission Statement: Conservation and display, and education about tropical plants and their habitats.

Volunteer Opportunities: Many, from garden docents to gardeners, special events, administrative.

Main Fund-raising Event: The Orchid Ball—An elegant evening of dinner and dancing amid the tropical splendor of Selby Gardens.

Date: April 3, 2004

Location: Selby Gardens

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-5731, ext. 259

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Campaign

A group of volunteers interested in feeding the hungry in our community.

Executive Director: Joel C. Swallow

Address: P.O. Box 1992

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 364-7440

Web site:

Mission Statement: Raise funds from the public and community organizations to provide food vouchers to feed the hungry during holiday seasons.

Volunteer Opportunities: Find out during weekly 11 a.m. meetings at City Hall from August to January.

Main Fund-raising Event: Community mailing in October/November annually—Mail letter to community signed by mayors asking for donations to feed the hungry.

Date: October-November 2003

Location: Sarasota and Manatee counties

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Joel Swallow

Contact Telephone: (941) 364-7440

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota

All-volunteer meal delivery service to shut-ins living in Sarasota.

Executive Director: William Morris III

Address: 421 N. Lime Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-6693

Mission Statement: Deliver noon meals six days a week, holidays included, 52 weeks a year to shut-ins in Sarasota.

Volunteer Opportunities: Drivers, kitchen workers, call 330-8683 for details.

Main Fund-raising Event: Once-a-year private mailing.

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.

Provides daily programs at three drop-in centers in Sarasota, Venice and Arcadia that bring the members into the mainstream of society.

Executive Director: Jessica Ventimiglia

Address: 240-B S. Tuttle

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 953-3477

Mission Statement: Provide support services to adults with mental illness and disabling emotional problems.

Volunteer Opportunities: Arts and crafts, office support, activity leadership and maintenance/gardening.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner—Celebrity waiters vie for the “Tarnished Spoon” award by getting the largest amount of tips from their table of guests.

2) High Hopes Gala—Elegant dinner dance with silent and live auction.


1) March 2004

2) May 2004


1) Village on the Isle

2) Serendipity Country Club

Ticket Prices:

1) $50/person

2) $125/person

Event Chairs:

1) Carolyn Eagen

2) Myra Ratoss and Nick Drizos

Contact Telephones:

1) (941) 496-4934

2) (941) 953-3477

Mote Marine Laboratory

Marine research and education organization and aquarium that draws 400,000 visitors annually. 

Executive Director: Dr. Kumar Mahadevan

Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 388-4441

Web site:

Mission Statement: Excellence in marine science and education.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call Andrea Davis for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Oceanic Evening—Annual black-tie gala with proceeds benefiting Mote’s research centers.

Date: Oct. 25, 2003

Location: Mote Aquarium Courtyard

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chairs: Mollie Nelson and Sandy Buchanan

Contact Telephone: (941) 388-4441, ext. 305

Mothers Helping Mothers

All-volunteer organization that provides donated basic necessities to 20-30 mothers a month at no charge.

President: Madeline Brogan

Address: 2239 N. Washington Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 953-7572

Mission Statement: Meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves.

Volunteer Opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store on North Washington Boulevard, open Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Movement Disorder Society

Offers a specialized neuro-rehabilitation clinic, adult day care and wellness programs for Parkinson’s patients and those with movement disorders.

Executive Director: Janelle Kelly

Address: 126 E. Olympia Ave.

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Telephone: (941) 833-8312

Mission Statement: Provide the type of care, support and education that allows patients and caregivers to understand and manage their Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders, to make their lives whole.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-Raising Event: Gala—Evening featuring guest speaker Janet Reno. Also scheduled to attend is U.S. Representative Katherine Harris.

Date: Sept. 20, 2003

Location: Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 833-8312


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