Good News Friday: Good Deeds - April 18, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas April 17, 2014

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The Willis Foundation presented the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a $10,000 donation. The funds will aid JDRF’s mission to discover better treatment options, take steps toward prevention, and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.



Sarasota Scientific Instruments, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that hosts the Science Lending Library, has partnered with Girls Inc. to provide resources and hands-on experiences for girls in our community to become engaged in science, technology engineering and math at no cost, thanks to a grant from the Faulhaber Family Foundation.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has received a $2,500 grant from Manatee Community Foundation-Evans Family Charitable Fund in support of the school-based mentoring program in Manatee County. Mentors in the school-based program work with children and youth who are at high risk for academic failure and eventual dropout. Through caring, supportive mentoring relationships, mentors work one to one with students to improve their academic performance, classroom behavior, and attendance record.



Neal Communities was a major co-sponsor of the fifth annual Semper Fi Golf Tournament with a donation of $10,000 for the third year in a row. The tournament, hosted by residents of Neal’s Boca Royale Golf & Country Club in Englewood, has a goal of bringing the aggregate amount raised over the past five years to $500,000. The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Semper Fi Fund and its program, America’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information about the Semper Fi Fund, visit



Local businessman, philanthropist and restaurant investor Burton M. “Skip” Sack has donated a vehicle to the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership. The 12-passenger 2013 Ford van will be useful for a variety of educational programs, community outreach initiatives and special events, and for transporting visiting international students to the College’s Culinary Innovation Lab on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

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