Good News Friday: Good Deeds - April 25, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas April 24, 2014

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The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation has received a $2 million grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation to name the Cardiac Acute Care and Cardiac Progressive Care floors in Sarasota Memorial’s new Courtyard Tower. The floors have more than 70 patient rooms and the latest medical technology, and are expected to provide services to approximately 4,000 cardiac patients annually. To date, the foundation has granted nearly $4.5 million to support cardiac care for the community.



More than $16,000 was raised by 635 cyclists who rode more than 22,000 miles during the Tour de Parks Fun Ride. The money will help fund a feasibility study for an eight-mile extension to the Legacy Trail that will connect South Venice Shamrock Park to downtown Sarasota. Event sponsors included Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, Doctors Hospital, First Watch and Back Woods BBQ.



Dale Alward, CEO of Englewood Community Hospital, presented a check for $18,000 to the Englewood Community Care Clinic board of directors to support the clinic’s mission to provide free episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the greater Englewood area and to allow the clinic to hire a part-time nurse case manager. For more information, contact the Englewood Community Care Clinic at (941) 681-3765 or visit



Tomorrow, April 26, Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason will join volunteers from Comcast at All Faiths Food Bank for the 13th annual Comcast Cares Day. As many as 100 Comcast employees and their families will come to the Food Bank for a day of community service, sorting nonperishables and produce in preparation for distribution by All Faiths Food Bank. Visit to volunteer through April 30.



Ave Maria Preparatory School awarded former State Sen. John McKay the 2014 Archangel Award for his McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities. The scholarship allows parents of students with disabilities to choose the best learning environment for their children and has helped thousands of special needs students in Florida.



The Annette Hagens Memorial Foundation granted $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for Decisions to Win, a mentoring program focused on intensive personal decision-making for at-risk youth in Sarasota County.

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