Sheri Greenhaus, managing partner of Cyber [email protected] Services/CRMXchange, helped the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) establish the Veterans Legacy Endowment with a donation of $10,000. USFSM began the Veterans Legacy as part of the Legacy of Valor campaign, in which the school raised more than $19,000 from 86 individual donors. The Patterson Foundation matched these funds. This amount, in addition to Greenhaus’s donation, provides the seed funds for the Veteran’s Legacy Endowment, which assists some of the financial aid needs of USFSM’s 120-plus enrolled student veterans.
Landscape photographer Clyde Butcher and his wife, Niki, invite the public to attend their annual President’s Weekend Open House to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Big Cypress National Preserve. The two day event begins at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 15, with a lecture by the Butchers in their back pond theater to be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, guided swamp walks behind the Big Cypress Gallery will be held every hour on the hour. For information, directions or reservations, call (239) 695-2428 or visit clydebutcher.com.
The Junior League of Sarasota invites local restaurants to participate in the first “Art of Food Festival” fund-raising event. The event, which supports the Junior League in its mission to develop women into leaders and promote volunteerism in the community, takes place from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota. Interested parties should contact the Junior League office at (941) 953-5600 or visit jlsarasota.org.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP (SLK) law firm’s Sarasota office launched a “Be INspired, Be INvolved” campaign last year to highlight philanthropic actions of employees each month. The recognition has been so well received that it has become a firm-wide practice for 2014. So far this year, Cheryl Gordon and Daniel Strader have been acknowledged for their work with Florida Studio Theatre and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, respectively.
The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Inc., will install more than $155,000 in security technology thanks to the support of the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation. The Center is a nationally accredited, community-based agency that provides an array of developmental, educational, therapeutic and prevention services to approximately 4,000 children and families annually.
The Sarasota Harley Owners Group will sponsor its 15th annual St. Patty’s Day Poker Run to benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County, on Sunday, March 9. All proceeds benefit the animals at HSSC; the cost is $10 per hand or 3 for $20. For information call Donna at (941) 720-5955 or Pete at (941) 730-1620, or go to rossiterharleydavidson.com.