Sarasota Charitable Register

By staff December 1, 2001

In this season-and especially in this year-we're keenly aware of how fortunate we are to live in a community with such a spirit of caring and compassion. Sarasota is known far and wide for its generous support of those in need, and for the quantity-and quality-of its charitable organizations. These groups offer help and support in many different ways, from educating our children and enriching us culturally to improving the quality of life for those who are financially, physically or mentally disadvantaged.

Some of our charities are nationally acclaimed, while others perform their heroic feats far from the limelight. Most have small but incredibly dedicated staffs, and nearly all count on volunteers to help them fulfill their noble missions. Many also add to the social life of our community through special events that raise funds-and fun-for their causes.

To help bring all these groups the attention and support they deserve, we've compiled the following register. We have included more than 100 charities in this listing. Each one accepts financial donations, and many need your time and talent as well. The listings include information about each group's mission, needs and major fundraising events.

We give heartfelt thanks to them all for improving our lives and our city, and we hope you'll agree that there's no better way to celebrate the season than by giving these selfless organizations our support.

Agape Flights

Mission statement: An independent Christian ministry that fights disease, poverty and illiteracy by serving missionaries in the Western Hemisphere, primarily in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Executive Director: Charles Gardner

Address: 7990 15th St. E.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-5099

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Missions Banquet

Date: Jan. 19, 2002

Location: First Baptist Church of Bradenton

Ticket price: $25/person

Contact telephone: (941) 355-5099

AIDS-Manasota, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Les Leighton

Address: 1844 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 954-6011

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Red Ribbon Holiday Gala

Date: November 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $50/person

Event chairperson: Marcella Gilliland

Contact telephone: (941) 954-6011 and

(941) 371-7150

All Faiths Food Bank

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

Executive Director: Daniel E. Dunn

Address: 717 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-6333

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Food sorters and events.

Main fundraising event: Taste of the Nation

Date: April 2002

Location: Phillippi Estate

Ticket price: $50/person

Event chairperson: Chef Paul Mattison and Margaret Fuesy

Contact telephone: (941) 379-6333

Alzheimer's Association

Mission statement: To enhance the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer's and re-lated disorders through awareness, service, support and education.

Executive Director: A. Gwyneth Paget

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Volunteer opportunities: Gala committees.

Main fundraising event:

1) Memory Walk

2) A Night To Remember


1) October 2002

2) March 9, 2002

Ticket price:

1) Walkers receive pledges

2) TBA

Contact telephone: (941) 365-8883

American Cancer Society

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

Executive Director: Melinda Mudge

Address: 2100 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 497-4309

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Office, fundraising committees and events.

Main fundraising event: Relay for Life

Date: Held annually

Location: Varies yearly

Ticket price: None

Event chairperson: Varies by location

Contact telephone: (941) 497-4309

American Heart Association

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

Executive director: Judy Brown

Address: 2975 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 927-4997

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: 2002 Heart Walk; 2003 Heart Ball

Contact Telephone: (941) 927-4997

American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida

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

Executive Director: Kimberly J. Titus

Address: 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 119

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 377-5864

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: School programs, special events and fund raising.

Main fundraising event: 02-02, The Oxygen Ball

Event chairperson: Dr. and Mrs. Kirk Voelker; Dr. and Mrs. Dean Hautamaki; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Aranibar

Contact telephone: (941) 377-5864

Animal Rescue Coalition

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.

Executive Director: Jaye Williams

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 213

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Events, office and clerical, feral cat colony programs.

Main fundraising event: Annual Gala

Date: Feb. 16, 2002

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Event chairperson: Lee Barsky, Penny Hill, John Karl and Bettina Von Walhof

Contact telephone: (941) 957-1955

Art Center Sarasota

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

Executive Director: Lisa-Marie Confessore

Address: 707 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236-4050

Telephone: (941) 365-2032

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Answer phones, assist at openings, receptions.

Main fundraising event: 75th Anniversary Gala

Date: March 10, 2002

Location: Art Center Sarasota

Event chairperson: Linda Kauffmann

Contact telephone: (941) 365-2032

Asolo Theatre Company

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.

Executive Director: Howard J. Millman, producing artistic director

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 351-8000

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, gift shop, administrative, special events.

Main fundraising event: Season Gala

Date: Jan. 12, 2002

Location: Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $250/person

Event chairperson: Margaret Wise and Jean Weidner

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

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

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

Executive Director: Joy F. Mahler, president and CEO

Address: 2831 Ringling Blvd., Suite A-201

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 331-4376

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.

Main fundraising event: Bowl For Kids' Sake

Date: February and March 2002

Contact telephone: (941) 331-4376

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

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

Executive Director: J. Mack Reid

Address: P.O. Box 4068

Sarasota, FL 34230-4068

Telephone: (941) 366-3911

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event:

1) Steak & Steak

2) Dick Vitale Sports Night


1) Feb 7, 2002

2) April 23, 2002


1) Robarts Arena

2) Chelsea Center

Ticket price:

1) $150/person, $1,500/table

2) $175/person, $1,500/table

Event chairperson:

1) Jeff Botsford

2) John Perseo

Contact telephone: (941) 366-3911, ext. 21

Breast Health SarasotaMission statement: Provide mammograms for women unable to afford them.

Executive Director: Janet Hunter

Address: 2340 Shadow Oaks Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 371-6798

Volunteer opportunities: Special fundraising events.

Main fundraising event: Ladies Luncheon

Date: Dec. 14, 2001

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: Range from $50-$75/person

Event chairperson: Janet Hunter and Roberta MacDonald

Contact telephone: (941) 371-6798

Camp Florida Fish Tales

Mission statement: A week-long, barrier-free wheelchair-acccessible 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:

Volunteer opportunities: Camp counselors.

Cardinal Mooney High School

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

Executive Director: Sister Mary Lucia Haas, president

Address: 4171 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4917

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.

Main fundraising event: Dinner Auction/Car Drawing

Date: March 23, 2002

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $65/person

Event chairperson: Faith Pridmore

Contact telephone: (941) 379-2647

Cat Woman's Shelter, Inc.

Mission statement: No-kill, cageless animal shelter that takes in stray, abandoned and injured animals, places them for adoption or houses them for their lifetime.

Executive Director: Cathy Brand-Jacobs

Address: 2120 Princeton St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 953-2280

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Kennel, secretarial, fundraising, transportation.

Main fundraising event: Feline Fantasy Tea

Date: November 2002

Location: Private club

Ticket price: $30/person

Event chairperson: Jean Weidner

Contact telephone: (941) 953-2280

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.

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.

Executive Director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo, LCSW

Address: 1000 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 488-5581

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Bishop's Annual Charity Ball

Date: Jan. 24, 2002

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $150/person

Event chairperson: Beverly Ryan and

Maria Desanto

Contact telephone: (941) 488-5581

Child Development Center

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.

Executive Director: Peter D. Howard, LCSW

Address: 4620 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 371-8820

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts

Date: First Friday of December, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $125/person

Contact telephone: (941) 371-8820, ext. 26, Lisa Paulson

Child Protection Center Inc.

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

Volunteer opportunities: Supervise court-ordered visits between non-custodial parents and children, fundraising events.

Main fundraising event: Sarasota Comedy Festival (with United Way)

Date: November 2002

Location: Venues throughout Sarasota

Event chairperson: Dan Chappie

Children First, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Philip D. Tavill

Address: 1723 N. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 953-3877

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Children First Celebration

Date: Feb. 15-23, 2002

Location: Nine events throughout Sarasota County

Ticket price: Range from $10-$100/person

Event chairperson: Committee chaired

Contact telephone: (941) 953-3877, ext. 327 (Josephine Pompey)

Children's Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc.

Mission statement: Support 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:

Volunteer opportunities: Selby pre-school, plant nursery, administration, group homes.

Main fundraising event: First Annual "Art Auction"

Date: March 17, 2002

Location: Asolo Theatre

Ticket price: $50/person

Event chairperson: Ryan Stoyles

Contact telephone: (941) 355-8808, ext. 210

Circus Sarasota

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

Executive Director: Pedro Reis

Address: P.O. Box 18636

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative office, box office and more.

Main fundraising event: First Annual "The Art of Circus" Gala

Date: Oct. 26, 2001

Location: Under the Big Top at Tuttle and Ringling Avenues

Ticket price: $150-$250/person

Event chairperson: Ron Carter, Janet Hunter

Contact telephone: (941) 371-6798, Janet Hunter

Coastal Recovery Centers Inc.

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

Executive Director: Dr. Christine Cauffield

Address: 3830 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 927-8900

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: "The Race is On" (for youth at risk)

Date: Dec. 7, 2001

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: Corporate and individual

sponsorships are available

Event chairperson: Sue Binns (Honorary chairs Secretary of State Katherine E. Harris and Anders Ebbeson)

Contact telephone: (941) 927-8900

Community AIDS Network, Inc.

Mission statement: Provide a continuum of medical, social and educational services essential to the health and well-being of those infected with HIV disease, and to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV.

Executive Director: Susan Terry, president and CEO

Address: 1231 N. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-0134

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Anonymous testing and counseling.

Main fundraising event:

1) C.A.N. Dance

2) Cabaret 2002


1) October 2002

2) April 8, 2002


1) The Chelsea Center

2) Asolo Theatre

Ticket price: 1) $125 2) $100

Event chairperson: 1)

Stephen Sieg

2) Carolyn Michel

Contact telephone:

1) (941) 366-0461, Mary Cornelius

2) (941) 388-1576

Community Video Archives (CVA)

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

Executive Director: Annette Scherman, president

Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7052

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

Main fundraising event: Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon

Date: April 10, 2002

Location: Michael's On East Ballroom

Ticket price: $40/person; sponsorship tables also available

Event chairperson: Roberta Palmer Hamilton

Contact telephone: (941) 365-7052

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

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.

Executive Director: Debbie Dixon

Address: 16405 Myakka Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 322-1000

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Starry Nite

Date: Jan. 19, 2002

Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Event chairperson: Pat Schlesinger

Contact telephone: (941) 322-1000

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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.

Executive Director: Rebecca Marcey

Address: 677 Washington Blvd. N., Suite 40

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 952-5836

Web Site:

Volunteer Opportunities: Office work, volunteering at events.

Main Fundraising Event:

1) Black & White Ball

2) Gettel Mitsubishi Charity Golf Classic


1) October 2002

2) TBA

Location: 1) TBA 2) Laurel Oak Country Club

Ticket Price:

1) $200 per person

2) $150 per person

Event Chairperson:

1) Leslie Ralph

2) Jim Gettel

Contact Telephone:

1) (941) 330-2730

2) (941) 952-5836

Easter Seals/MARC Southwest Florida, Inc.

Mission statement: Provide quality services that enhance independence by emphasizing integrated opportunities within the community to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Executive Director: Mary Hitchcock, president and CEO

Address: 350 Braden Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-7637

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Children's programs, adult programs. Call Shirley Buck, 355-7637.

Main fundraising event: Meadows Pro-AM Golf Tournament

Date: June 1, 2002

Location: The Meadows Country Club

Event chairperson: Dr. Peter A. Wish, Bob Delaney

Contact telephone: (941) 355-7637

Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Dorothy B. Stuart

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd., Suite 326

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 927-0965

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Grant readers, science fair judges, program and event fundraiser committees.

Main fundraising event: Evening of Excellence

Date: March 1, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: Ranges from $125-$250/person; sponsorships available

Event chairperson: Mollie B. Nelson,Valerie Dorr

Contact telephone: (941) 927-0965

Family Counseling Center

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

Executive Director: Thomas F. Crawford

Address: P.O. Box 15987

Sarasota, FL 34277-1987

Telephone: (941) 955-7017

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: The Great Key West Getaway a Latina

Date: Feb. 15, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $100/person

Event chairperson: Linda Larsen, Elaine Meshad and John Scalzi

Contact telephone: (941) 955-7017, ext. 232

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc.

Mission statement: Support the arts in Sarasota.

Executive Director: Martie Lieberman, president

Address: P.O. Box 1432

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: N/A

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Backstage and art tours at Van Wezel.

Main fundraising event: The Creators and Collectors' Tour & Galleria


Feb. 21-23, 2002

Location: Towles Court

Ticket price: $15/person

Event chairperson: Donna Grasel

Contact telephone: (941) 966-3922

Helen Lee, Publicity

Florida Studio Theatre

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

Executive Director: Richard Hopkins

Address: 1241 N. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-9017

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Ushering, administration and production.

Main fundraising event: Row Party

Event chairperson: Anne Folsom Smith

Contact telephone: (941) 366-9017

Florida West Coast Symphony

Mission statement: Promote chamber and symphonic music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performers and providing broad-based educational programs of the highest quality.

Executive Director: Joseph McKenna

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4252

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Designer Showcase

Date: Feb. 17-March 17, 2002

Location: Phillippi Estate

Ticket price: $12 in advance/$15 at the door

Event chairperson: Meg Ryan and Ann Proctor

Contact telephone: (941) 953-4252

Florida Winefest and Auction, Inc.

Mission statement: A premier food and wine event that funds grants for programs that benefit at-risk children in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Executive Director: Sandy W. Loevner, president

Address: P.O. Box 4193

Sarasota, FL 34230-4193

Telephone: (941) 952-1109

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call Pat Howell at 952-1109 for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Winefest and Auction

Date: April 3-7, 2002

Location: Primarily on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: Range from $10 to $300/person

Event chairperson: Sandy W. Loevner

Contact telephone: (941) 952-1109

Forty Carrots Family Center

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

Executive Director: Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss

Address: 1500 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7716

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Assisting early childhood or parenting educators.

Main fundraising event: Carrotcakes 2002

Date: March 8, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairperson: Sandra Mazzarantani

Contact telephone: (941) 924-9911 or

(941) 365-7716

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

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

Executive Director: Tracy Christeson

Address: 201 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-6646

Volunteer opportunities: Fundraising, assisting program facilitators, help in homework room, mentoring.

Main fundraising event:

1) Celebration Luncheon

2) All-American Country Cookout


1) Feb. 22, 2002

2) April 28, 2002


1) Michael's On East

2) Phillippi Estate

Event chairperson:

1) Nikki Nilon

2) Pam Mader


telephone: (941) 366-6646, ext. 207 (Marilyn Paris)

Goodwill Foundation

Mission statement: Serve as a fundraising arm for Goodwill Industries Manasota.

Executive Director: Zoltan A. Karpathy, president

Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 104

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-4483

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Goodwill Gala/Rags to Riches Gala

Date: March 15, 2002

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $150/person

Event chairperson: Betty Schoenbaum and Bill and Dr. Christine Isaac

Contact telephone: (941) 955-4483

Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Linda W. Mansperger

Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trail

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 966-5214

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Preservation Gala: The Fabulous '50s

Date: April 20, 2002

Location: Historic Spanish Point

Ticket price: Tickets range from $125-$200/person

Event chairperson: Judy Graham,Sandra Rollings

Contact telephone: (941) 966-5214, ext. 250

(G.WIZ) Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone

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

Executive Director: Dr. Elva Farrell

Address: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34246

Telephone: (941) 906-1851

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Galactic Gala

Date: September 2002

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket price: Ranges from $100-$125/person

Event chairperson: Cheryl Burstein

Contact telephone: (941) 906-1851, ext. 102 (Dianne Prairie)

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Mary K. Williams

Address: 2067 Constitution Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 923-4300

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Construction, office, committees, administrative and family partnership.

Main fundraising event: Year-end appeal and small special events

Helen R. Payne Day Nursery

Mission statement: To provide quality day care for children up to 5 years old.

Executive Director: Raymell B. Grimes

Address: 1729 33rd St.

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 355-4984

Volunteer opportunities: Storytelling, art, music and playground supervision.

Main fundraising event:

1) Banquet

2) Kings and Queens Contest


1) February 2002

2) April 2002

Contact telephone: (941) 355-4984

Hispanic American Alliance

Mission statement: Provide services to the Hispanic population of Sarasota and Manatee counties, to assist in their orientation and to enable them to become productive members of the community.

Executive Director: Yolanda Beltran-Halstead

Address: 731 N. Lime Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-1130

Volunteer opportunities: Translators, office help, English teachers.

Main fundraising event: Hispanic Heritage Month

Date: October 2002

Location: Venues throughout Sarasota

Event chairperson: Jesse Rojas

Contact telephone: (941) 366-1130

Hospice of Southwest Florida

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

Executive Director: Marge Maisto, president and CEO

Address: 5955 Rand Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 923-5822

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Patient care, office, Hospice House.

Main fundraising event: Hospice Crystal Cup Regatta

Date: May 26, 2002

Location: Regatta Pointe, Palmetto, FL

Event chairperson: Alan Zirkelbach

Contact telephone: (941) 923-5822 Georganna Menke

Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Deborah Robbins Millman, APR

Address: 2331 15th St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-4131

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: Hot Dogs and Cool Cats

Date: April 2002

Contact telephone: (941) 955-4131

Jazz Club of Sarasota

Mission statement: Promote, perform and preserve jazz.

Executive Director: Bobby Prince, president

Address: 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1552

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fundraising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival

Date: March 24-30, 2002

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: Range from free to $36/person

Contact telephone: (941) 366-1552

Jewish Family & Children's Services of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.

Mission statement: Enhance the lives of families and individuals.

Executive Director: Rose Chapman, LCSW

Address: 2688 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-2224

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, community re-sale warehouse, office and clerical. Call Hal Hedley for information.

Main fundraising event: Gala 2002

Date: March 10, 2002

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Event chairperson: Edward and Harriet Schaye

Contact telephone: (941) 366-2224

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Mission statement: Preserve the legacy of John and Mable Ringling and educate and enable people to experience their world-renowned collection of European art; Cà d'Zan, the Ringling Mansion; the Museum of the Circus; the original Asolo Theater and the historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Executive Director: Dr. John Wetenhall

Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

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

Web site:

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

Main fundraising event: UnGala Gala

Date: October 2002

Location: Museum courtyard

Ticket price: Range from $150-$175/person; Tables $2,500.

Event chairperson: Holly and Jay Logan

Contact telephone: (941) 359-5837, Peggy Olsen

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Mission statement: Find a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Executive Director: Ellen Stephenson

Address: 2999 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 906-8900

Web site:

Volunteer opportunities: Walk to cure diabetes, community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fundraisers.

Main fundraising event: Walk to Cure Diabetes

Date: March 23, 2002

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket price: Free; walkers receive ledges to walk

Contact telephone: (941) 906-8900

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