Good News Friday: Good Deeds - October 11, 2013

By Beau Denton October 10, 2013

Generosity in the spotlight.

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The Comcast Foundation has donated $20,000 to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County for the foundation’s digital literacy initiative. The Education Foundation plans to use the funds to launch a digital learning lab for Alta Vista Elementary School’s after-school program. Similar labs are planned for at least 10 locations, where hundreds of students will have access to digital tools, training and tutoring.



The Patterson Foundation has announced a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge, up to $640,000, to benefit the Sarasota Opera, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Girls Inc. and the Diocese of Venice, as those organizations work to return more than $1.2 million in charitable donations being clawed back following the Nadel Ponzi scheme. The foundation structured the grant to match new donations and to retroactively match dollars that have already been raised in the effort.



IBERIABANK has completed a food drive for All Faiths Food Bank and the Food Bank of Manatee, part of the company’s “i Gives Back” community outreach program. More than 1,400 non-perishable food items were donated by the bank, employees and members of the community. The University Parkway branch in Sarasota led with 325 donations, followed by the State Road 64 office in Bradenton with 250 items.



Walgreens District 53 has raised $10,772 through donations at cashier checkout stations for Suncoast Charities for Children. District 53, based in Fort Myers, includes Bradenton and Sarasota. Combined with other in-store efforts to promote the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, the district has raised $32,000 for the charity.



BMO Harris Bank has approved a $10,000 grant to help fund Florida Studio Theatre’s WRITE A PLAY program at several Title 1 schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The program is intended to expose students to the arts and help them write their own plays. It reaches an estimated 55,000 students per year.



Five Center for Sight physicians, plus medical technicians, nurses and administrative staff, donated time recently to examine and treat 21 girls through Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. The company also donated a wide selection of polycarbonate frames, and Transitions Optical donated prescription lenses.

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